Taylor Swift Says That Albums Should Not Be Given Away For Free
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.08.2014
As part of an essay she wrote...
Taylor Swift recently wrote an essay for The Wall Street Journal in which she talked about the music business and said that albums should not be given away for free. Here are highlights:
On not giving away albums: "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. 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. Music is art, and art is important and rare. 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."
On how artists should react to lower album sales: "It isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album, and as artists, that should challenge and motivate us."
On surprising fans: "In the YouTube generation we live in, I walked out onstage every night of my stadium tour last year knowing almost every fan had already seen the show online. To continue to show them something they had never seen before, I brought out dozens of special guest performers to sing their hits with me... I hope the next generation's artists will continue to think of inventive ways of keeping their audiences on their toes, as challenging as that might be."