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Hold up, Kanye.
It’s been a big year (years, really) for female autobiographies. This week, Amy Poehler’s much awaited Yes, Please! hit shelves. Urban Outfitters has a great round-up of excerpts from the (very, very funny) book if you’re on the fence about purchasing. Also out this year was Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl and Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices. I haven’t managed to put down Helen Gurley Brown’s Sex and the Single Girl since I began reading it in 2012, so let me know what other autobiographies I’ve likely missed.
Taylor Swift’s new album is about to go platinum. This is a big deal. Not one album (excluding the soundtrack from Frozen, naturally) has reached platinum status this year. To emphasis the immense popularity of Swift’s fifth studio album (and first attempt at a full pop album), 1989 is also on track to beat the first week record sales currently held by a little album you might remember from 2002, called Oops!…I Did it Again. Also this week, the Queen of the Charts decided to pull all of her music from streaming service Spotify, prompting the company to write her an open letter begging (seriously, begging) her to take them back.
We love Taylor Swift, and our more than 40 million users love her even more – nearly 16 million of them have played her songs in the last 30 days, and she’s on over 19 million playlists. We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone. We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70% of our revenue back to the music community.
PS – Taylor, we were both young when we first saw you, but now there’s more than 40 million of us who want you to stay, stay, stay. It’s a love story, baby, just say, Yes.
Swift has been a very vocal proponent of paying musicians their true value, penning an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal on the subject last year. Something tells me reconciliation between the singer and the brand isn’t in the cards. How does that song go again? “We are never, ever, ever….”
When someone asks if you have any leftover Halloween candy: No, I’ve already eaten it all. But I do have this really good video on female empowerment from last year! Important? Yes. Year-end performance reviews are upon us. Have you spent the whole year leaning in a la Sandberg, but are still getting passed over for promotions? In her 2013 TEDx talk, Susan Colantuono claims that women have been missing out a key 33% of the career advice trifecta. Watch and learn here.