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Swift backs art-for-profit

LOS ANGELES, July 9, (Agencies): Taylor Swift published a column in The Wall Street Journal on Monday (yes, that Taylor Swift, and yes, that Wall Street Journal) sharing her thoughts on the future of the recording industry. The self-described “enthusiastic optimist” thinks artists put their blood, sweat and tears into their works and that they shouldn’t be shortchanged into giving it away for free. “Music is art,” Swift wrote. “And art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for.” Though the Grammy-winning songstress has sold over 26 million records worldwide, she seems concerned with the effect piracy is having on her industry. “There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity,” Swift wrote.

“I am not one of them. 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.” Original Of course, it wouldn’t be a Taylor Swift original without mentions of flings and interpersonal romance. “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 the way they view their relationships,” Swift said, somehow finding a way to once again dispense relationship advice. “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).

Also: NEW YORK: Jay Z will headline the Global Citizen Festival on Sept. 27 in New York’s Central Park. Organizers announced Wednesday that fun, Carrie Underwood, The Roots, No Doubt and Tiesto also will perform. Tickets are free for the event, but must be earned through acts meant to help end extreme poverty around the world. VIP tickets are being sold through Ticketmaster.

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