Taylor makes a nice little argument in favor of paying for music. "Music is art," she says, "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." This is an impressively-constructed syllogism. It is also deeply, deeply wrong.
The single hardest economic problem posed by the internet is the end of scarcity.
In mentioning album sales, I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few 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. 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.
There are always going to be those artists who break through on an emotional level and end up in people's lives forever. The way I see it, fans view music...
Taylor Swift will be debuting a new track called "Sweeter Than Fiction (co-written by Jack Antonoff of fun.)" at the September 6th film premiere of One Chance at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Last night during her show at Staples Center in Los Angeles, Taylor Swift invited Tegan and Sara to join her on stage and perform the duo's hit single, "Closer," together. Video of the epic collaboration can be seen in the replies.
Taylor Swift sold 1.21 million copies of Red its first week. It's the biggest sales week for an album since 2002. She's also the first woman in chart history to ever have two albums sell over 1 million copies in their first weeks.
Taylor Swift premiered a new song last night at the 2012 Stand Up To Cancer telecast. You can watch her performance here and you can listen to the studio version in the replies. The song is also available on iTunes.
The music video for Taylor Swift's new single, "Safe & Sound," can be seen here. The track is taken from the soundtrack to the upcoming movie, The Hunger Games, and the full track listing for it can be found in the replies.