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Unread 04-20-2016, 08:09 AM   #1
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Taylor Swift will one day be the best-selling artist in history, surpassing the Beatles.

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Unread 04-20-2016, 08:33 AM   #2
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Taylor Swift will one day be the best-selling artist in history, surpassing the Beatles.

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I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility.
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Taylor Swift will one day be the best-selling artist in history, surpassing the Beatles. Discuss.
I'd be interested in seeing some projected data on this. Based on numbers I've seen she'd need another 120-130 million units. She's pretty young and she's at the top of the industry not only as an artist but also just in terms of influence.

Yeah. Definitely possible.
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Unread 04-20-2016, 09:10 AM   #4
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How long would she have to continue producing and selling music? And how much are the Beatles projected to continue selling?

I'm a Swiftie at heart, so I'm optimistic that she can do it .
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How long would she have to continue producing and selling music? And how much are the Beatles projected to continue selling?

I'm a Swiftie at heart, so I'm optimistic that she can do it .
Believe it or not, the Beatles will never stop selling music.
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Still far.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o..._music_artists
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Yeah...she's still got a ways to go.
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I could definitely see it happening. I am waiting for her fall from grace or The Beatles to be all the rage as that new band you just have to hear.
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After looking at those numbers, I'm less optimistic. I guess she still has a shot but that is a huge gap to overcome. She's 26. How long can she keep pumping out those massively selling albums before she ages out?
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After looking at those numbers, I'm less optimistic. I guess she still has a shot but that is a huge gap to overcome. She's 26. How long can she keep pumping out those massively selling albums before she ages out?
At 26 she's just entering her musical prime. I think she'll only get better as she edges into her early to mid 30s.
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How do we define "sales" in the streaming era? Is that going to remain a useful metric? When the Beatles were putting out new music, your options for listening to them on your own schedule were pretty much limited to buying records, so things were more quantifiable. The music industry is shifting away from that model, Swift's stand-off with Spotify notwithstanding.

On the other hand, the global music market has become more interconnected and more overseas sales are available. That works out well for Swift, but it makes the markets not really as comparable.
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After looking at those numbers, I'm less optimistic. I guess she still has a shot but that is a huge gap to overcome. She's 26. How long can she keep pumping out those massively selling albums before she ages out?
But 1989 is her first full-fledged pop album, and it is a huge success. She has reinvented herself as a pop star, and it works for her. I think we are just seeing the beginning.
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I can't envision it, but that's mostly because I find her utterly boring.
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But 1989 is her first full-fledged pop album, and it is a huge success. She has reinvented herself as a pop star, and it works for her. I think we are just seeing the beginning.
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20 years ago I'd have laughed and laughed, fallen down laughing, begin to hyperventilate while laughing, and make people angry from laughing so over the idea.

Now, it's just a sign of the times.
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