Taylor Swift lives in a fantasy land with rainbows, ponies, and widespread love. So of course her outlook on the future of music is all smiles and sunshine. She recently contributed an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal in which she professes “the future of music is a love story." That’s so...Taylor.
T-Swift also provided insight on the current decline of album sales, which is due to piracy, file sharing, and streaming services. YES, Taylor. It’s 2014 and we live in a digital world where you can pretty much access anything with the touch of a button.
“Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for,” said Taylor.
I agree. Musicians should be paid for the art they provide to the world. But do I think this is going to change anything? No. Instead of buying albums, we support our favorite artists by attending their concerts, purchasing merch, and supporting them in other ways.
Read the full piece here. What’s your opinion? Should music be free? How do you support your favorite artists? Do you buy their albums? Concert tickets? Merch? Let us know in the comments section.
Lastly: “My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.” - Taylor Swift