Taylor Swift Sounds Off: “Music Is Art, and Art Should Be Paid For.”

Taylor Swift writes an op-ed revealing her take on the music industry (Photo: courtesy of searchednews.com)

Taylor Swift writes an op-ed revealing her take on the music industry (Photo: courtesy of searchednews.com)

It’s not exactly rare for famous people to let their opinions be known. From full-blown interviews to short quips on their Facebook or Twitter accounts, Hollywood and music industry superstars don’t typically hide their feelings on politics or anything else they feel passionate about. It is, however, rare for one of the pop-culture elite to actually write an entire op-ed for a nationwide newspaper.

Well, that’s exactly what Taylor Swift has done. The beautiful and talented singer/songwriter has written an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal in which she gives her optimistic two cents about the future of the music industry.

“In recent years, you’ve probably read the articles about major recording artists who have decided to practically give their music away, for this promotion or that exclusive deal,” she wrote. “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.”

While many artists are scathing in their remarks when it comes to revealing their personal opinions about their own industries, Swift remains typically upbeat, refusing to tarnish her famously sunny disposition. “Music is art, and art is important and rare,” she wrote. “Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. 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. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”

While celebrity has always been a popularity contest (that’s kinda how you get to become a celebrity in the first place), Taylor took some time to address the rising trend of social media-based popularity within the entertainment industry. “A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers,” she said. “I see this becoming a trend in the music industry.”

This is more than just a valid point. In a society where people can now become famous for simply being famous, sheer talent and ability are no longer enough to either grant or prolong success. Social media has changed everything and it appears that there is no going back.

To see what else Taylor had to say, click on this link to read the full Wall Street Journal article.

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