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Hugely popular artists, like Swift, make millions of dollars from CDs and downloads, so the decision to stream their music is more about marketing and image-making, traded off against lost sales of CDs and downloads.
According to Chris Castle, a music lawyer in Austin, Texas, Swift has all the leverage. Her new record “1989” sold nearly 1.3 million copies this week, the biggest sales week for any album since 2002, according to Nielsen SoundScan. “Spotify needs hits and hits don’t need Spotify. It’s as simple as that,” he said.