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Love her or hate her, you have to admit, Taylor Swift knows how to get the job done. The pop star/influencer penned a sad note to tech giant Apple in response to an apparent refusal to pay its participating artists during the first three months of users’ Apple Music service. Her catchy songwriting came in handy because, even though most of the letter expresses a very deep disappointment in the company—enough to cause shame in your friendliest ex—she makes it clear that she is still a major supporter of the company as a whole and obviously hopes they can work it out.

“These are not the complaints of a spoiled, petulant child. These are the echoed sentiments of every artist, writer and producer in my social circles who are afraid to speak up publicly because we admire and respect Apple so much. We simply do not respect this particular call.”

Well played, Swifty. The social media fall-out was immediate and widespread and, somewhat surprisingly, Apple has bowed to the overwhelming response, confirming that it would be paying royalties to all artists during this three month period. This certainly sets a pretty strong precedent for an industry that is rife with conflict over subscription and artist fees alike. I can’t help but feel like T-Swift clearly has displayed some sort of superpower here and am pretty keen to see who she’ll unleash it upon next. Read the full Tumblr post here.

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