• Give a Gift
  • Customer Service
  • Promotions
  • Videos
  • Blogs
  • Win
  • Games

Taylor Swift writes opinion piece: 'Music should not be free'

Posted in:

Taylor Swift writes opinion piece: 'Music should not be free'

Share

Taylor Swift has written an article for the Wall Street Journal, in which she declared that "music should not be free".

The singer used the piece to discuss the future of the music industry and argued against musicians who have promoted illegal downloading and file sharing.

Taylor Swift greets the audience on her 'Red' tour - Berlin, February 7

© Getty Images


"It's my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album's price point is," she wrote.

"In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace.

"Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently."

Swift singled out "major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal" and added: "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 performs on stage as she kicked off The RED Tour at London's O2 Arena

© Getty Images / Gareth Cattermole/TAS


The star also spoke about people's obsession with musicians' private lives and added that this "will never change".

"There will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians, especially the younger ones," she wrote.

"Artists who were at their commercial peak in the '70s, '80s and '90s tell me, 'It was never this crazy for us back then!'

"And I suspect I'll be saying that same thing to younger artists someday (God help them).

"There continues to be a bad girl vs. good girl/clean-cut vs. sexy debate, and for as long as those labels exist, I just hope there will be contenders on both sides. Everyone needs someone to relate to."

 

Via Digital Spy

Share
Connect with Marie Claire:
Advertisement
horoscopes
daily giveaway
Go to the Beach

Go to the Beach

enter now
You Know You Want More
Special Offer
Link Your Marie Claire Account to Facebook
Welcome!

Marie Claire already has an account with this email address. Link your account to use Facebook to sign in to Marie Claire. To insure we protect your account, please fill in your password below.

Forgot Password?

Thanks for Joining

Your information has been saved and an account has been created for you giving you full access to everything marieclaire.com and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your username and/or password or complete your profile, click here.

Continue
Your accounts are now linked

You now have full access to everything Marie Claire and Hearst Digital Media Network have to offer. To change your settings or profile, click here.

Continue