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Taylor Swift Is WSJ’s New Music Industry Data Journalist

For its 125th burfday, the Wall Street Journal got a Taylor Swift article.

Writing in the Journal’s “Leadership” section, the chanteuse said she remained bullish on the music industry, even as album sales were enervated by streaming services and downloads.

“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,” Swift wrote. “I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.” Rather.

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Swift’s piece was part of the paper’s quasquicentennial celebration, which also featured guest spots from Mark Zuckerberg, Morgan Stanley’s CEO, and the like.

Swift also chronicled the rise of social media as a metric of industry worth, both for musicians and actresses who vie for gaudy amounts of Twitter followers, and fans, who have exchanged the relatively private autograph for the attention-grabbing selfie posted on Instagram. Swift said fans’ constant access to artists compelled musicians to constantly up their game.

The article was accompanied by some spiffy info-graphics, though the editors missed a chance at a “Taylor Swift Explains the Music Industry in Six Charts”-style headline that are all the rage right now.

[h/t Wall Street Journal]

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