Country star Taylor Swift is typically known for her heartbreak songs, but not this week.
The 24-year-old stood up for the future of music in her op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. The songstress said she believes there's still value in albums and people are willing to pay for the ones that "hit them like an arrow through the heart."
For an industry hit by piracy, file sharing and streaming, her essay sparked a big debate among industry insiders about how music can still be profitable in a digital age.
Vox.com Managing Editor Nilay Patel was one not buying it and recently published an article titled "Taylor Swift Doesn't Understand Supply and Demand." What does the highest-earning artist in music not get about the music business?
"I think she's being myopic in the fact that she's an enormous star with an enormous set of relationships and a huge fan base that want to pay her for things," Patel explained. "I think when you have that perspective, you can release anything and people will buy it. If you're a new artist, it's extraordinarily hard to get people to pay attention to you, let alone pay money for albums. And what you're looking at across the industry is that album sales are plummeting because there's an infinite supply of music."