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Leonid Bershidsky

Why Music Is Dying

The music industry may be selling fewer albums and fewer songs, regardless of delivery method, simply because it is no longer geared toward finding and promoting great artists.
Sorry, Taylor.
Sorry, Taylor.

Taylor Swift, the seven-time Grammy winner, is known for her articulate lyrics, so there was nothing surprising about her writing a long column for the Wall Street Journal about the future of the music industry. Yet there's reason to doubt the optimism of what she had to say.

"This moment in music is so exciting because the creative avenues an artist can explore are limitless," Swift wrote. "In this moment in music, stepping out of your comfort zone is rewarded, and sonic evolution is not only accepted...it is celebrated. The only real risk is being too afraid to take a risk at all."