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We all crave new Beyoncé music every day, because without her collection of life-altering tunes, where would we be? God knows.

Mysterious music was leaked online the other day on iTunes, totally unauthorised.

The musical goddess has been known to randomly drop albums, ever since 2016's iconic Lemonade release, but this seemed a little too random…fans quickly realised it was old music though:

The old recordings were released under the name Queen Carter, and iTunes somehow allowed it to be uploaded until fans pointed out the strange mistake.

The albums Back Up, Rewind and Have Your Way appeared on Apple Music and Spotify, and was comprised of demos, unreleased tracks and demo songs by Queen Bey, which were removed a few hours later.

Songs such as After All Is Said and Done, a duet with Marc Nelson from 1999, Hollywood with Jay-Z from his 2006 album Kingdom Come, and another song from Austin Powers called Hey Goldmember.

A Missy Elliot collaboration from the rapper's second album was also on the tracklist, as well as Keep Giving Your Love to Me from Bad Boys II, and Control, a stand-alone song.

Beyoncé has dropped her last three albums as surprises, her 2013 self-titled project, Lemonade, and Everything is Love by The Carters.

We'll take ANYTHING she graciously offers, but unreleased songs without her authorisation is damn wrong, let the Queen have control over her own music.

Grammy-nominated R&B singer SZA was also victim to this same mysterious hacking, with old music being uploaded to iTunes under the name Sister Solana (her real name is Solana Rowe).

SZA addressed the album of old demo tracks being released on streaming services on her Instagram, calling the project "random scratches from 2015" and claimed that the songs are "def not new new!"

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It's all very mysterious behaviour altogether.

Apple Music and Spotify have yet to comment on the matter, but we'd bet that Beyoncé ain't happy about this at all.

Who is the culprit making drama for no apparent reason, though? Spill the lemonade tea.

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Just one day after Taylor Swift wrote an open letter to Apple voicing her unhappiness with their new streaming service’s free three-month trial, the company have reversed their payment policy.

You go girl!

The Bad Blood singer’s letter explained how she did not have an issue with Apple customer’s being able to take advantage of the free trial, but she was angered that the company would not be paying artists or producers for their music during this time.

The 25-year-old popstar said that she found “it to be shocking, disappointing, and completely unlike the historically progressive and generous company,” that they were not intending to pay royalties to the artists during the free three-month period.

“Three months is a long time to go unpaid, and it is unfair to ask anyone to work for nothing… We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.” Hear, hear Swifty!

Apple exec Eddy Cue, tweeted this morning saying “We hear you @taylorswift13 and indie artists. Love, Apple”.

 

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Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has spoken out and condemned Apple’s new music streaming service.

The Shake it Off singer is widely recognised as not supporting streaming services, given that she pulled her music from Spotify in 2014.

The 25-year-old star has taken to Tumblr to voice her anger at Apple, who are now providing a three-month free subscription service to their customers.

Ms Swift’s dissatisfaction with the company comes, not because they are offering a free subscription, but because they do not intend to pay royalties to the artists during that three-month period.

Taylor explained her concerns saying, “This is not about me. Thankfully I am on my fifth album and can support myself, my band, crew, and entire management team by playing live shows.”

“This is about the new artist or band that has just released their first single and will not be paid for its success,” she continued. “This is about the young songwriter who just got his or her first cut and thought that the royalties from that would get them out of debt.”

Tay-Tay acknowledges that Apple is a company that she generally admires and enjoys working with but, states that she just cannot get behind their decision, and believes it is not “too late” for the tech-giants to reconsider.

“We don’t ask you for free iPhones. Please don’t ask us to provide you with our music for no compensation.”

Well said, Taylor! 

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