Taylor Swift: "Music Should Not Be Free"
T-Swizzle has spoken about the future of the music industry during an article for the Wall Street Journal...
The Everything Has Changed singer also argued against artists who have promoted illegal downloading and file sharing in her essay.
She wrote: "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."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 then referenced "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 realise their worth and ask for it."
T-Swizzle then addressed people's obsession with musicians' private lives and revealed she believes that this "will never change".
The 24-year old wrote: "There will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians, especially the younger ones.
"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)."
She concluded: "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."