November 10, 2017

How Fans Are Dealing With the Paid Streaming of ‘Reputation’

Real talk: I was supposed to listen to Taylor Swift’s Reputation once it came out. Just to see if it’s actually worth the hype. Since she already released four singles on Spotify, as well as her other albums, people can stream Reputation there too, right? Wrong.

As of now, you can only listen to the album by either buying it on iTunesstreaming it on iHeartRadio (for a limited time), or buying the physical copy for $15. Unless you already downloaded the album when it leaked last night.

The old Taylor may be gone but she’s still iffy about free streaming. Then again, she’s still staying true to what she said in 2014 that “people should feel that there is a value to what musicians have created, and that’s that.” So much for breaking into that Spotify-like company in “Look What You Made Me Do.”

Screengrab from YouTube

Meanwhile, if you check the #Reputation thread, it’s filled with netizens and Swifties fan accounts offering to gift the album to a number of people. I’m willing to bet that some of them are online bots too so be careful.

But what are people actually saying about ReputationVanity Fair noted how it’s a combination of Taylor’s penchant for poppy love songs, sad breakup songs, and surprising additions which have hints of dance and R&B. Lyrics-wise, it’s said to be “a fascinating combination of audacity and vulnerability.”

Rolling Stone also tagged it as her “most intimate LP yet.” The review pointed out how she veered away from her past good girl persona, singing about sex and said “sh*t” in a song for the first time. (Yes, it took Taylor six albums to get there.)

Fans seem to love the album too as they constantly post praises and live-tweet lyrics.

Looks like Taylor will be dominating the charts and everyone’s playlists once again. Let us know if you listened to Reputation and what you think of it. Are you loving new Taylor or do you want the old one back on the phone?


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