Taylor Swift is a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter, sometimes actress (see Valentine’s Day and the upcoming film, The Giver) and now, a Wall Street Journal op-ed writer.
That’s right, folks: Taylor Swift put down her guitar to pen an op-ed on the current and future state of the music industry for a major newspaper publication.
In her opinion piece titled “For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story,” Taylor is quite optimistic about the future of the music industry despite declining record sales. According to Swift, if an artist can write a record that people can connect with, people will buy it. Hey, it worked for Red, her latest album which sold over a million albums in one week. The singer also advocates for record labels to recognize the financial value of an artist’s work and for fans to pay for music.
It’s something to read but if her 1172 word piece is too long for you, you’re in luck! We read every single word and have created this handy dandy TL;DR summary complete with pictures! Because what’s an article without silly pictures?! A boring one!
Without futher ado, here’s her op-ed in a nutshell:
1. She’s a self-described “enthusiastic” optimist
“[I’m] 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.”
2. Music has to connect with fans on an emotional level to be a success
“[People] 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.”
3. She equates music to a relationship
“Some music is just for fun, a passing fling … Some songs and albums represent seasons of our lives… some artists will be like finding “the one.”’
4. Kids want selfies, not autographs
“There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs. I haven’t been asked for an autograph since the invention of theiPhone with a front-facing camera. “
5. Genres are disappearing and melding into one
“Pop sounds like hip hop; country sounds like rock; rock sounds like soul; and folk sounds like country—and to me, that’s incredible progress.”
[She's talking about how Ed Sheeran raps on his songs, right? RIGHT?!]
6. Celebrity adoration will continue to intensify
“. 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).”
7. She would also like a nice garden