08 July 2014 by

Taylor Swift On The Music Industry: 'There's Still A Bad Girl Vs. Good Girl Debate'

GALLERY >>10 Must-Read Quotes

1. On staying positive...

'[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. On her hope for the future...

'My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet…is that they all realize their worth and ask for it.'

3. On getting bored...

'My generation was raised being able to flip channels if we got bored, and we read the last page of the book when we got impatient. We want to be caught off guard, delighted, left in awe.'

4. On being sexy...

'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.'

5. On Twitter...

'A friend of mine, who is an actress, told me that when the casting for her recent movie came down to two actresses, the casting director chose the actress with more Twitter followers. I see this becoming a trend in the music industry.'

6. On music being like relationships...

'Some music is just for fun, a passing fling (the ones they dance to at clubs and parties for a month while the song is a huge radio hit, that they will soon forget they ever danced to)... However, some artists will be like finding "the one." We will cherish every album they put out until they retire and we will play their music for our children and grandchildren.'

7. On selfies...

'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 the iPhone with a front-facing camera.'

8. On the value of music...

'Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.'

9. On the past...

'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).'

10. On her future...

'I'll just be sitting back and growing old, watching all of this happen or not happen, all the while trying to maintain a life rooted in this same optimism. And I'd also like a nice garden.'

Pop mega-star Taylor Swift has topped charts and sold out arenas around the world, so it makes sense she has strong ideas on how to survive in music right now. The singer's turned music journo and written an article for the Wall Street Journal about the future of the industry.

In the piece Taylor talks about, while a lot of people think the industry is 'dying' how she's optimist about the future of music. She explains that artists just need to adapt to a world where people only buy albums they truly love. She compares fans' relationships with music to that of real life romances, explaining there's songs we have flings with, songs we fall in love with and songs that are The One.

The singer also talks about how younger fans need to be constantly surprised and about the power of Twitter and selfies in the industry. (She's not a signed an autograph in years, apparently). 

Most interestingly, she touches on the way the industry pushes women to either be 'good girls' or 'sexy' and explains that for as long as the labels exist, she hopes there are people who represent both stereotypes.

'There continues to be a bad girl vs. good girl/clean-cut vs. sexy debate,' she says. 'And for as long as those labels exist, I just hope there will be contenders on both sides. Everyone needs someone to relate to.'

Take a peek through the gallery above to see 10 must-read quotes from the feature... 


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