Country crossover megastar Taylor Swift is consistently proving to critics she is not to be placed in a box, so really an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal shouldn’t surprise us — nor should the subject, the hot-button issue of “the future of the music industry.”
Swift’s stance is relatively straight forward: “Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.”
Swift points out that people are still buying albums, just less of them.
“They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren’t alone in feeling so alone,” she writes. This is where her stance gets kind of shaky. Is Now 50 hitting listeners like an arrow? The Frozen soundtrack? Now 49?