Taylor Swift is what we could call an unconventional pop star, relying solely on her talent to sell records.
Where the majority of artists fall back on sex appeal to make money in the music industry Taylor Swift is far more interested in making social comments, especially on the subject of music and popular culture.
The American beauty has this week written an opinion piece for The Wall Street Journal, progressing her thoughts over the state of the music industry at present.
In the prose she defines herself as ‘an enthusiastic optimist: one of the few living souls in the music industry who still believes that the music industry is not dying … it's just coming alive.’
Where we are constantly reading articles about how stale the music scene has become the 24-year-old pop/country girl couldn’t disagree more.
‘This moment is so exciting because the creative avenues an artist can explore are limitless.’
‘Stepping out of your comfort zone is rewarded, and sonic evolution is celebrated.’
‘The only risk is being too afraid to take a risk.’
Taylor also requests people to stop stealing or giving music away for free online, wanting to preserve the worthiness of the art form.
She added: ‘Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable.’
‘Valuable things should be paid for.’
Being very open about her opinions on the way in which artists, labels and consumers operate we cannot help but think this has something to do with the release of her fifth album due to be on sale in the Autumn.
“[M]y prediction,” she continues, “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.”