Taylor Swift has declared that music should not be free and that the value of an album should be based on the work the artist put into it.
The Red singer wrote an article for the Wall Street Journal in which she said: "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 continued: "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.
"Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently."
She added: "My hope for the future, not just in the music industry, but in every young girl I meet... is that they all realise their worth and ask for it."
Swift also commented on the public's obsession with the private lives of artists, saying: "There will always be an increasing fixation on the private lives of musicians, especially the younger ones.
"Artists who were at their commercial peak in the 70s, 80s and 90s tell me, 'It was never this crazy for us back then!' And I suspect I'll be saying the same thing to younger artists someday (God help them).
"There continues to be a bad girl vs good girl/clean-cut vs sexy debate, and for as long as those labels exist, I just hope there will be contenders on both sides. Everyone needs someone to relate to."