Taylor Swift and Beyoncé were criticized by their seniors: ‘It’s no longer real music, it’s more like brand promotion’

The two most powerful names in the music industry have just been harshly criticized by their predecessors.

Recently, the forefather of the world music industry – Richard Thompson, criticized the two most powerful female artists of the new generation in Hollywood, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. He believes that true music is gradually losing its place, artists are no longer pursuing a way of life and death with art but are looking for other ways to make money from their famous brand.

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé were both criticized by their seniors.

Specifically, Mr. Richard Thompson said: “I am really satisfied that I am not a superstar. Because think about how terrible it would be if we had to live a life where we couldn’t go to the supermarket to buy things or walk down the street comfortably. I prefer the life of an unknown artist.”

He added that, as an artist who has been active for a long time, “Celebrity culture today is really strange. You look at artists like Beyoncé or Taylor Swift, they’re really no different from business brands. It’s not really music anymore, it’s more like promoting yourself for business. The music they’re making, I find it hard to appreciate. The way it’s produced, the way it’s built, I feel like it’s heavily calculated so that when it’s released, it will win the hearts of the public.”

Beyoncé, also known as the powerful Queen Bee of the R&B/Pop music industry.


Taylor Swift – the former country music princess is now a strong competitor for the throne of the new generation of Pop music princess.

Not only that, Richard also gave a light “reminder” about his status as artists to these two powerful girls as follows: “For me, finding emotions to make music is always difficult. It depends on your deep desires. Who do you want to become? Or do you want your name to gradually become a brand, make music to promote your name and then make a living with a fashion brand named after you? Living behind a pure gold castle? Trying to turn your life into a reality TV show, selling your private life to the media? Or will you be like me, just a small audience is enough.” Are Taylor Swift and Beyoncé gradually putting music down as a sideline of their careers, focusing on businesses as the main side to make money like their predecessors said?

Richard Thompson is known as an English singer, songwriter and guitarist. He became a recording artist as a member of the Fairport Convention in September 1967. Throughout his career, he received three prestigious Grammy nominations in 1991, 1996 and 2010 for Folk music nomination.

Now that our predecessor makes such comments about Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, do you agree with his comments?

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