Taylor Swift on How to Save the Music Industry: Treat It Like a Love Affair

TIME

Taylor Swift, everyone’s favorite middle-aged woman trapped in a 24-year-old’s body, made her journalistic debut for the Wall Street Journal on Monday afternoon to share her thoughts about the music industry, which she says still has a lively pulse despite plummeting CD sales and the rise of low-paying digital streaming services, thank you very much.

“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,” she writes. “I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.”

Swift also takes time to point out other changes she sees in the music industry, like the pressure to have a social media following as a new artist (“In the future…

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