Where Would Taylor Swift Be If She Was The Daughter Of A TATA Steel Worker?

For those of you who missed it, I recently posted this on facebook and it generated a lot of interest (and likes). I would just like to say that I have nothing against Taylor Swift or the music she performs. However, the lack of investment for new artists and small labels in the industry concerns me. A turnover of $62 million in one year for ‘The Corporate Bank Of Taylor Swift’ whilst new talent and small labels struggle to survive is beyond me. So here’s how it panned out ..

‘Where would Taylor Swift be if she was the daughter of a TATA steel worker? Instead she’s the highest earning artist of 2015 earning a ridiculous $62 million. Amazing what happens when daddy is a ‘hardcore’ financial advisor for the BANK OF AMERICA (the descendant of three generations of bank presidents). Meanwhile the real talent continue looking for a decent gig !!’

  • Dean J Well said, and that statement could cost you money and friends in your position. Pete for president!
  • Jay R The truth from the man there.
  • Axe M Damn right !!!
  • Pete Maher The people in that area of the industry are no friends of mine Dean. $62 million to the ‘Corporate Bank Of Taylor Swift’ and no development deals for new artists. It’s an insult to the future of ‘non manufactured’ music.
  • Brad M Well said that man!
  • David C Well .. She was never under the pressure to get a ‘real job’ and could dedicate every waking hour to her craft for starters…
  • Gaz T Yeah mate, that would definitely help with the old writer’s block…I prefer my artists a bit more earthy and working class anyway! You gotta put something back in.
  • Lloyd P Tell it how it is Pete. The whole thing is messed up. Ain’t what you know…
  • Brett S Well said Pete
  • Paul M Go Pete Go!!! Sickening Nepotism!!
  • Brad M Don’t we just know it!
  • Clements E She’s essentially American Royalty. I don’t have any personal issues with Taylor Swift, however you make a really fair and brave point about a broken industry. It seems that in the past musicians could become rich/famous because of their music. Now it seems more likely that rich/famous people have successful music careers.
  • Pete Maher It’s the lack of investment for new artists that bother me most Clements. Taylor Swift is just the face of the corporate world. She’s won more country awards than Dolly Parton. Doesn’t that seem wrong?
  • Clements E I don’t think even Taylor would think it was right. I don’t fundamentally disagree with anything you’ve said, I don’t think anyone could. Just remember, music isn’t given value by the investment behind it. It’s valuable for 62 million other reasons that can’t be measured by money. You’re one of the good guys, and that’s gotta be hard sometimes. If the industry was a war you’d be on the front lines. We appreciate you, and the fantastic work you’ve done for us already. So thanks.
  • Pete Maher Money is food Clements and if you don’t eat you die. Without investment good music dies. If you’re happy making music for 62 million reasons without wanting to turn professional then yes that’s fine. However, if you put your life on the line and manage to put a great band together and write an amazing album without anyone showing interest then it becomes soul destroying and destructive
  • Pete Maher And BTW, it now turns out that Taylor Swift has created a ‘Taylor Swift Award‘ and guess who she nominated as the winner? Herself, Taylor Swift.. LOL
  • Peter T I just won the Pete Thompson award…best use of Pete Thompson in a song 2016…I reckon I’ll win it next year too!
  • Greg B I gratefully accept the Greg Boraman Award for being voted the Greatest Greg Boraman from this years list of nominees.. I’d like to thank my manager
  • Greg Boraman, my closest friend Greg Boraman – love u hun’..and last but not least Greg Boraman – for believing in me when I didn’t.. Oh – I’m gonna cry…sorry..I promised myself I wouldn’t ….
  • Pete Maher Summed up by this mighty legend. Mr Dee Dee Ramone ..