Daniel Ek, the CEO of Spotify has responded to Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her entire back catalogue of music from his streaming site.

Taylor’s music disappeared from Spotify just over a week ago.In the same week her latest album 1989 sold 1.3 million copies.

In a blog post Daniel Ek said: “Taylor Swift is absolutely right: music is art, art has real value, and artists deserve to be paid for it.

“We started Spotify because we love music and piracy was killing it.

“At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that’s only growing – we expect that number to double again in a year. Any way you cut it, one thing is clear – we’re paying an enormous amount of money to labels and publishers for distribution to artists and songwriters, and significantly more than any other streaming service.”

Meanwhile in an extended interview Taylor says the question of why she doesn’t strip off more on stage comes up all the time.

“Like ‘why don’t you dress like…’ and then they name a few girls in the industry,” says Taylor without naming names.

“And I’m like, well, you wouldn’t be asking Bruno Mars why he doesn’t take his clothes off because he’s known for being a musician.

“And I’m known for being a musician too it’s just a choice you make, you wear what you want to wear as musician and hopefully that comes from your own vision of yourself.”