AceShowbiz - Good news, Swifties! After withholding "Reputation" from streaming services for three weeks, Taylor Swift finally lets the record-breaker effort out to the services on Friday, December 1. Fans can now stream the album on services like Spotify, Apple Music Google Play, Tidal and more.
It was previously reported that the songstress would withhold the effort from the services until after holiday season. However, now that the effort has chalked-up impressive early sales, it's possible that Taylor decided that this week was the best time to make it available for streaming.
"Taylor's camp obviously want the highest sales possible so they are still determining the best time to make it available for streaming. The one-week exclusion is for sure happening and there are talks that it'll be held until after the holiday season," a source claimed.
Taylor is known for her vocal critics of streaming services. Back in 2014, she pulled all of her songs Spotify as she felt that streaming service is a "grand experiment" and she didn't want to contribute her works to an experiment.
"I'm not willing to contribute my life's work to an experiment that I don't feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music," the "...Ready for It?" songstress explained. "And I just don't agree with the perception that music has no value and should be free."
Despite its absence from streaming services for three weeks, "Reputation" still managed to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart as it racked up 1.238 album units, including 1.216 million units in traditional album sales. The effort's traditional album sales marks the biggest sales of the year as well as the 10th largest sales week since 1991.
Furthermore, the set also becomes the best-selling album of the year, defeating the total sales of this year's previous best seller, Ed Sheeran's "Divide (division sign)". Ed's latest effort sold a total of 931,000 units.