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Taylor Swift wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal

When Taylor Swift isn't shaming her ex-boyfriends and offering life advice to high schoolers through her songs, she's writing for The Wall Street Journal about the current state of the music industry.

Swift has some ideas about how artists can sell more albums: They just need to bare their souls, the way that she does in her music:

I'd like to point out that people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them. They are buying only the ones that hit them like an arrow through the heart or have made them feel strong or allowed them to feel like they really aren't alone in feeling so alone. [The Wall Street Journal]

If artists just made music that shot audiences "like an arrow through the heart," everything would be solved! Swift realizes that "it isn't as easy today as it was 20 years ago to have a multiplatinum-selling album," but "that should challenge and motivate" artists, not discourage them.

Among Swift's other statements is the odd opinion that "pop sounds like hip-hop," and she closes the article by stating what she'd really love in life: "a nice garden."