Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards
Born
Taylor Alison Swift

(1989-12-13) December 13, 1989 (age 34)
NationalityAmerican
Occupations
Years active2003-present
Height1.8 m (5 ft 11 in)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
Websitewww.taylorswift.com
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Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She is known for narrative songs about her personal life, as well as songs she wrote about other famous people, including Rebekah Harkness in the song “the last great anerican dynasty.” She has sold more than 52 million albums, including 37 million in the US. She is one of the world's best-selling music artists. She is the highest-earning female musician of the 2010s.[source?]

Swift has won 14 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and six Guinness World Records. She is the most-awarded act and woman at the American Music Awards (29 wins) and Billboard Music Awards (23 wins). She has had eleven number-one songs on the Billboard Hot 100. In October 2023, she became a billionaire. She won Apple Music Artist of the Year in 2020 and 2023.

Early life[change | change source]

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989,[1] in West Reading, Pennsylvania.[2] She is named after singer-songwriter James Taylor.[3] Her parents are Scott Swift and Andrea Swift. She has a younger brother, actor Austin Swift.[4]

Swift was raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on a Christmas tree farm.[5] She became interested in musical theater when she was nine. Later, she became interested in country music. On weekends, she performed music at local events.

She moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee, near Nashville, when she was 14.[6] Her family moved there to help Swift's career in country music. In Nashville, she went to Hendersonville High School for two years. After that, she went to Aaron Academy, because Aaron Academy made it easier for her to tour while in school. She graduated high school one year early.

Career[change | change source]

2006 - 2007: debut album[change | change source]

She released her first single, "Tim McGraw", in 2006 at the age of 16. That same year she released her first album, Taylor Swift. In 2006, she sold more albums than anyone else that year.

She won Country Music Television's (CMT) "Breakthrough Video of the Year" award in 2007 for "Tim McGraw". She was also nominated by the Academy of Country Music for "Top New Female Vocalist".

2008 - 2010: Fearless and Speak Now[change | change source]

Swift’s second studio album, Fearless, was released in 2008. On September 10, 2009 it reached Platinum, selling 1 million copies. On October 25, 2010 she released her third album, Speak Now.

2012 - 2014: Red[change | change source]

The lead single from Swift's fourth album, Red, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", became her first number-one song on the US Billboard Hot 100. The single "I Knew You Were Trouble" reached number two on the chart. It was also her first chart-topper on Billboard's Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs chart. In 2012 Swift voiced the character Audrey in the movie The Lorax.

2014 - 2016: 1989[change | change source]

Swift performed "Shake It Off", the lead single from her fifth album, 1989, at the 2014 MTV VMAs.[7] 1989 was released on October 27, 2014. "Shake It Off", along with the singles "Blank Space", and "Bad Blood", all reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. These singles, along with "Style" and "Wildest Dreams", have also topped the Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs chart.

In 2016 she featured on the single, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" with English singer Zayn Malik (former member of One Direction). It was released as a single for the soundtrack of the film Fifty Shades Darker (2017). It reached number two on the Hot 100 in the US and Canada.

2017 - 2019: reputation[change | change source]

On June 8, 2017, Swift restored her music on streaming sites such as Spotify and Apple Music after previously removing it from being streamed. On August 25, 2017, Swift released the single "Look What You Made Me Do", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and broke YouTube's streaming record after getting 43 million views within 24 hours. It also became her first UK chart-topper. Swift announced that her sixth studio album, Reputation, would be released on November 10, 2017. The album included singles such as "...Ready for It?" and "End Game" featuring American rapper Future and English singer Ed Sheeran.

2019 - 2020: Lover[change | change source]

On April 26, 2019, Swift released the single "ME!" featuring Brendon Urie as the lead single from her seventh studio album, Lover. On June 14, 2019, Swift released Lover’s second single "You Need to Calm Down". Both of these songs reached number two on the US Hot 100.

On August 16, Swift released "Lover" as the third single from Lover. She released a duet version of Lover with Canadian recording artist Shawn Mendes.

2020 - 2021: folklore and evermore[change | change source]

In August 2020, Swift revealed that she was releasing a surprise album called folklore, after it was announced her Loverfest stadium tour was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Its lead single, "cardigan", entered at number one on the US Hot 100, becoming her sixth US number-one single. folklore became her seventh US number-one album. She became the first artist to enter at number one on both the Hot 100 singles chart and Billboard 200 album chart in the same week.[8]

On December 11, 2020, Swift released her ninth studio album, evermore. It is meant to be a "sister" album to folklore.[9]

2021 - 2022: Fearless (Taylor's Version), Red (Taylor's Version) and Midnights[change | change source]

Due to Swift not being able to own her own masters, she has began re-recording all of her old albums. She released the first song from the re-recording of Fearless (Taylor's Version), "Love Story" on February 12, 2021. On November 12, 2021 she released Red (Taylor's Version).

Swift's 10th studio album Midnights came out on October 21, 2022.

2023 - 2024: The Eras Tour, Speak Now (Taylor's Version) and 1989 (Taylor's Version)[change | change source]

In March 2023 Swift started her Eras Tour. The tour covers all her albums. The US part of the tour sold the most tickets in one day ever. Many people said that the company handling the ticket sales, Ticketmaster, did not do well.[10] The Eras Tour earned the most money of any tour in history. It earned over $1 billion.[11][12]

During this time, she also released Speak Now (Taylor's Version) and 1989 (Taylor's Version).

2024–present: The Tortured Poets Department[change | change source]

On February 4, 2024, Swift won Album of the Year at the 66th Grammy Awards. She was the first artist to win in this category four times. She announced a new album, The Tortured Poets Department, due for release on April 19.[13]

Personal life[change | change source]

Swift has three cats. One is named "Meredith" after the doctor on the show Grey's Anatomy.[14] The second is named "Olivia" after the detective on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[14][15] The third one is "Benjamin" after the fictional Benjamin Button. She adopted Button during the filming of her music video "Me!".

Discography & Filmography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album United States United States
COU
Canada Canada
COU
United Kingdom[16] Australia[17] New Zealand[18]
2006 Taylor Swift 5 1 14 1 81 33 38
2008 Fearless 1 1 1 1 5 2 1
2010 Speak Now 1 1 1 6 1 1
2012 Red 1 1 1 1 1 1
2014 1989 1 - 1 1 1 1
2017 Reputation 1 - 1 1 1 1
2019 Lover 1 - 1 1 1 1
2020 Folklore 1 -
Evermore 1
2021 Fearless (Taylor's Version) 1
Red (Taylor's Version) 1
2022 Midnights 1
2023 Speak Now (Taylor's Version) 1
1989 (Taylor's Version) 1

Singles[change | change source]

Year Song United States[19] United States
COU[20]
Canada[21] United Kingdom[22] Australia[17] New Zealand[18] Album
2006 "Tim McGraw" 40 6 - - - Taylor Swift
2007 "Teardrops on My Guitar" 13 2 63 - - -
"Our Song" 16 1 54 - - -
2008 "Picture to Burn" 28 3 85 - - -
"Should've Said No" 33 1 67 - - 18
"Love Story" 4 1 4 2 1 - Fearless
"White Horse" 13 2 43 60 41 -
2009 "You Belong with Me" 2 1 30 5 -
"Fifteen" 23 7 63 - 48 -
2010 "Fearless" 9 10 - - -
"Today Was a Fairytale" 2 1 57 3 29 Valentine's Day OST
"Mine" 3 2 7 30 9 16 Speak Now
"Back to December" 6 3 7 - 26 24
2011 "Mean" 11 2 10 - 45 -
"The Story of Us" 41 - 70 - - -
"Sparks Fly" 17 1 28 - - -
"Ours" 13 1 71 - - -
2012 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" 1 1 1 4 3 1 Red
"Begin Again" 7 10 4 30 20 11
"I Knew You Were Trouble" 2 - 2 2 3 3
"Everything Has Changed" (featuring Ed Sheeran) 7
2013 "22" 20 9 21 23
2014 "Shake It Off" 1 - 1 2 1 1 1989
"Blank Space" 1 - 1 4 1 2
2015 "Style" 6 - 6 21 8 11
"Bad Blood" 1 - 1 4 1 1
"Wildest Dreams" 5 - 4 40 3 8
2016 "Out of the Woods" 18 - - 19 6
"New Romantics" 46 - - 35 -
"I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (with Zayn) 2 - 2 5 3 4 Fifty Shades Darker OST
2017 "Look What You Made Me Do" 1 1 1 1 1 Reputation
"...Ready for It?" 4 7 7 3 9
"End Game" (featuring Ed Sheeran and Future) 18 49
"New Year's Day"
2018 "Gorgeous" 13 9 15 9 19
"Delicate" 12 20 28 33
"Getaway Car"
2019 "ME!" (featuring Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco) 2 2 3 2 3 Lover
"You Need to Calm Down" 2 4 5 3 5
"Lover" 10 7 14 3 3
2020 "Cardigan" 1 Folklore
"Exile"
"Betty"
"Willow" Evermore
2021 "Champagne Problems" 1 1 1 1 1 1

Music videos[change | change source]

Concert tours[change | change source]

Cancelled tours[change | change source]

Awards[change | change source]

  • Grammy Awards[23]
    • 2010 (52nd Award Ceremony)
      • Album of the Year, Fearless
      • Best Country Album, Fearless
      • Best Female Country Vocal Performance, "White Horse"
      • Best Country Song, "White Horse"
    • 2012 (54th Award Ceremony)
      • Best Country Solo Performance, "Mean"
      • Best Country Song, "Mean"
    • 2013 (55th Award Ceremony)
      • Best Song Written for Visual Media, "Safe & Sound" (from The Hunger Games)
    • 2016 (58th Award Ceremony)
      • Album of the Year, 1989
      • Best Pop Vocal Album, 1989
      • Best Music Video, "Bad Blood"
    • 2021 (63rd Award Ceremony)
      • Album of the Year, folklore
    • 2024 (66th Award Ceremony)
      • Album of the Year, Midnights
      • Best Pop Vocal Album, Midnights

Nominations[change | change source]

  • Country Music Association Award
    • 2007, Horizon Award
  • American Music Awards
    • 2007, Favorite Female Artist, Country Music
  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • 2007, Top New Female Vocalist
  • Grammy Awards
    • 2008 (50th Award Ceremony)
      • Best New Artist
    • 2010 (52th Award Ceremony)
      • Record of the Year, "You Belong with Me"
      • Song of the Year, "You Belong with Me"
      • Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, "You Belong with Me"
      • Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, "Breathe", featuring Colbie Caillat
    • 2012 (54th Award Ceremony)
    • 2013 (55th Award Ceremony)
    • 2014 (56th Award Ceremony)
      • Album of the Year, Red
      • Best Country Album, Red
      • Best Country Song, "Begin Again"
      • Best Country Duo/Group Performance, "Highway Don't Care" (with Tim McGraw, featuring Keith Urban)
    • 2015 (57th Award Ceremony)
      • Record of the Year, "Shake It Off"
      • Song of the Year, "Shake It Off"
      • Best Pop Solo Performance, "Shake It Off"
    • 2016 (58th Award Ceremony)
      • Record of the Year, '"Blank Space"
      • Song of the Year, "Blank Space"
      • Best Pop Solo Performance, "Blank Space"
      • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, "Bad Blood", featuring Kendrick Lamar
    • 2018 (60th Award Ceremony)
      • Best Country Song, "Better Man"
      • Best Song Written for Visual Media, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever" (from Fifty Shades Darker)
    • 2019 (61st Award Ceremony)
    • 2020 (62nd Award Ceremony)
    • 2024 (66th Award Ceremony)
      • Best Pop Duo/Group Performance, "Karma" (featuring Ice Spice)
      • Song of the Year, "Anti-Hero"
      • Record of the Year, "Anti-Hero"
      • Best Pop Solo Performance, "Anti-Hero"

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