The Leak Debate

The question on many Taylor Swift fan’s lips at the moment is weather or not to listen to her new album 1989 which has leaked on the internet following its early release in Europe. Due out in one day, the difference between having the album now or tomorrow doesn’t seem to make a big difference. For Swift fans however, it has cause a massive divide

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One one side of the debate are those who take the news of the leak with glee.

” Well, to all the anti-leak people… If I wasn’t a 100% sure  I would  buy the album on Monday, now that I have listened to it I am a 200% sure i’m going to get my copy! It’s AMAZING!”

commented one of the down loaders.  Indeed if you scoured the internet throughout the past week, along with the usual excitement that is aroused any time Swift releases a song, there was also a high level of concern about the sound of this latest album which claimed to be ‘ 80’s inspired pop.’

the pre-release of the boppy ‘ Welcome to New York’ sparked fears that this new sound was void of the traditional emotion charged lyrics that won swift fans world wide.

Others have been angrily reporting any leak sites to Taylor Nation, who are in lock down mode as the deadline to the album release trickles from days into hours. On this side of the debate fans claim that it is disrespectful to listen to the music before the artist intended and that they need to wait and buy the album like everyone else.

Both sides have a point, however swift fans are notorious for putting their money on swift, with over a million copies expected to be sold in the first week of the album’s release.

Taylor has been teasing fans with lyrics from each track on Instagram, showing off her lyrical ability, that of a mastermind.

Time magazine are one of few who have previously heard the album, predicting big things for track number 10, I Know Places which  they claim as a ‘ sonic masterpiece’.

The debate will rage on into the hours until the 27th arrives and the album will predictably hit number one world wide.

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Why is Music Elitism a social issue?

You’ve probably heard the saying that ‘ big things come in small packages’,

This much is true about stopping music elitism. Whilst for some, the idea of taking the effort to appreciate more music seems trivial, it is in fact another t-word. Stopping Music Elitism is a trigger.

A trigger?  Well, if we humans of society can see it within ourselves to be kinder about a subject such as musical taste, we can realise how easy it is to take up that approach when it comes to respecting and questioning all aspects of society that cause disdain, hatred and war such as religion and politics.

When we realise that being nice isn’t actually that hard to achieve and that by setting little goals such as stopping music elitism, we can create a big change in society as a whole, our tolerance of other people, no matter what creed.

So why wouldn’t I just create a ‘ be kind to others’ campaign?

Well the truth in the matter is that being kind as a social campaign can become complacent pretty quickly. If I say please and thank you, I am being kind. If I help an old lady carry her bag off the bus then I am being kind and these are all fantastic actions, but they are also physical acts of kindness. It is much harder to change the thinking in your brain than it is the direction of your feet.

Now, this does not discredit the physical acts of kindness, they are absolutely fantastic! I just couldn’t seem to connect with them on a deep enough level. I have not struggled with having to be kind, It was how I was brought up.

I do however, struggle not to judge peoples music. I usually like a bit of music from every genre and I don’t have a hatred for any genre, but I do still catch myself thinking negatively about music. Just today I was watching the top 40 countdown and a song that came on seemed to rub me the wrong way, i couldn’t connect to the message and the music really frustrated my senses. I thought ‘ What a horrible song.’ before i stopped myself. This song was number 29 on the charts. So not only did that mean it was popular enough to be a success, but that it must have brought enough joy for them to pay for the music on itunes. I realized that I had broken my rule on appreciating music, which is to not judge music until the third time you listen to it.

It is because of my own thoughts and feelings that I created Stop Music Elitism. Because I used to be that teenage girl who loved Taylor Swift but sneered at people who liked Justin Bieber. Admittedly, it was more due to the fact that he 5 days older than me and I felt way more mature than him, but I was the bully, even though I never said anything out loud.

Recently, I have been letting my sister immerse me into the world of One Direction. I have always enjoyed their singles but never really gave them the time of day past that since they seemed to be more geared towards teenage girls, even though again, every single one of them was older than me.

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Even 5SOS is now being appreciated. This whole boy band thing is on a role in my opinion, Amnesia anyone? Such a great one to blast out in the car.

So why did I choose Stopping Music Elitism as a social campaign?

Mahatma Ghandi once said to ‘ Be the change you want to see in the world.’

and I am making that change, however small it may seem.