In the middle of the night, in my streams: Taylor Swift's Reputation now streaming in full

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s Reputation has made its debut on all streaming services, both free and premium, three weeks after it was released on physical and download formats to huge global sales.

Reputation (Big Machine/Virgin EMI) racked up gigantic first week sales in the US in the absence of any streaming services, selling 1.216 million copies – her fourth consecutive album to break the one million barrier. The album debuted at No.1 in the UK with sales of 83,648, according to the Official Charts Company.

The streaming release dropped at midnight local time across the world and was trailed by an announcement on Swift’s social media platforms. Swift, who has a long and complicated history with streaming services – her catalogue only returned to Spotify earlier this year – sparked an industry-wide debate with her streaming holdout, with executives split on whether the move boosted sales or alienated consumers who’d made the move to streaming.

The industry will now be watching closely to see what effect the move has on Reputation’s sales as we head into the crucial Christmas shopping period – and also to see how much promotion streaming services give to the album, having been locked out of one of the year’s biggest releases for three weeks.

Reputation looks set to drop out of the UK Top 10 in today’s new chart. Tickets for Swift’s UK stadium tour also go on sale today. She plays Capital's Jingle Bell Ball at the O2 Arena next weekend.

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