Taylor Swift. What a woman. Whether you love or hate her, you cannot deny how she does a hell of a lot of good in a world that can often seem bad.
Tay Tay has called on fellow ‘superstars’ in a bid for them to use their major platforms. The goal is to help younger artists and producers get their voices heard with record labels.
Speaking to Music Week magazine, the global phenomenon said: “I’m one of the only people in the artist realm who can be loud about it…people who are on their fifth, sixth or seventh album, we’re the only ones who can speak out, because new artists and producers and writers need to work.”
What a Queen.
Taylor is someone who knows the hard work that smaller artists put in. She had worked hard on her music for her entire adolescence before becoming big around the age of 17. This included balancing schoolwork with music, which isn’t easy when you’re going through puberty and experiencing those crucial life experiences.
Miss Swift also spoke about the fast-growing trend of artists dropping standalone singles rather than full albums. She says she hopes people aren’t feeling pressured into releasing their music in a specific way.
“As long as people dropping just singles want to be doing that, then I’m fine with it, but it feels like a big general wave that’s been pressured by people in power.”
Taylor has arguably been the most vocal artist in terms of defending the rights of musicians getting compensated for the revenue made from streams. When signing to Universal Music Group’s Republic Records last year, she ensured that not only the ownership of her masters but that Universal’s other artists also received the proceeds of sales from Spotify shares.
Ugh, we stan.
A lot of you may remember the time when Taylor pulled her music from streaming platforms over artist royalties to protest and fight against ‘the perception music has no value and should be free’. After a lengthy battle, Spotify’s co-founder eventually convinced her to return to the streaming world. Word of advice: don’t mess with Taylor Swift.
What do you think – are you proud of Taylor using her global status to speak up for the smaller artists? How do you think big names can offer support? Sound off in the comments below or by tweeting us @TheHoneyPOP
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