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Adam Levine And Blake Shelton Weigh In On The Taylor Swift Vs. Spotify Debate

The Voice co-hosts reveal significantly different views on how artists should be compensated.

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I know Spotify's in kind of an experimental phase, changing with the industry, and I can see why she did that. I don't disagree with her and I know a lot of artists have followed suit. When you look at the numbers, it's easy to say 'That's Taylor Swift — why is she so worried about money?' But when you talk about other writers and songwriters on the album who aren't Taylor Swift, it hits them pretty hard. I don't disagree with her at all.

But co-host Adam Levine had a very different view. Though he declined to mention any streaming service by name, he said he didn't care where fans listened to music — just as long as they're listening.

"Music is for everyone," Levine said. "I don't care how anybody obtains it as long as they get it and enjoy and love it." He added that as long as the consumer is "supporting the artist in some way," they should be able to access music how they choose. "Music should be able to be wherever it is," he said. "That's how I feel."

Levine's laissez-faire attitude echoes Dave Grohl, who made similar comments in an interview late last week. "I want people to hear our music," Grohl said. "I don't care if you pay $1 or fucking $20 for it, just listen to the fucking song."

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Tanya Chen is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in New York.

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