Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift
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Swift at the 2019 American Music Awards
Born
Taylor Alison Swift

(1989-12-13) December 13, 1989 (age 30)
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • music video director
  • philanthropist
  • actress
Years active2004–present
Net worthUS$400 million (February 2020)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Musical career
Genres
Instruments
Labels
Associated acts
WebsiteTaylor Swift Official Website
Signature
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Taylor Allison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music video director, philanthropist, and actress. As one of the world's leading contemporary recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which have received widespread media coverage. Having sold more than 50 million albums—including 37 million in the US, Swift is one of the world's best-selling music artists and the highest-earning female musician of the 2010s. She has won 10 Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, six Guinness world records and is the most-awarded act and woman at the American Music Awards (29 wins) and Billboard Music Awards (23 wins), respectively.

Career[change | change source]

2006–07: Debut album[change | change source]

She released her debut single, "Tim McGraw", in 2006 at the age of 16. That same year she released her debut self titled album. In 2008, 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".

2008–10: Fearless and Speak Now[change | change source]

Swift’s second studio album, Fearless, was released in 2008 and reached Platinum about a year later, on September 10, 2009, becoming her first ever album to sell 1 million copies. On October 25, 2010 she released her third album, Speak Now.

2012–14: 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 while becoming 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.

2014–17: 1989[change | change source]

Swift performed "Shake It Off", the lead single from her fifth album, 1989, at the 2014 MTV VMAs.[1] 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.

2017–19: 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 garnering 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.

2019–20: 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 and released a duet version of the song with Canadian recording artist Shawn Mendes.

2020–present: folklore[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. 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.[2]

Personal life[change | change source]

Swift was born at Reading Hospital in West Reading, Pennsylvana[3][4], Her presents is Scott Swift and Andrea Swift, and was raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on a Christmas tree farm.[5]

Swift has three cats. One is named "Meredith" after the doctor on Grey's Anatomy.[6] The second is named "Olivia" after the detective, now captain, on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[6][7] The third one is "Benjamin".

Swift has a brother by the name of Austin Swift, who is an actor.

Swift has a boyfriend by the name Joesph ‘Joe’ Alwyn, who is an actor. They have been dating since 2016. They have kept their relationship out of the public eye.

In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges, Brett Beavers, Brett James, Mac McAnally, and the Warren Brothers, and formed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album United States United States
COU
Canada Canada
COU
United Kingdom[8] Australia[9] New Zealand[10]
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

Singles[change | change source]

Year Song United States[11] United States
COU[12]
Canada[13] United Kingdom[14] Australia[9] New Zealand[10] 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"

Awards[change | change source]

  • Grammy Awards[15]
    • 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"
  • CMT Music Awards
    • 2007, Breakthrough Video of the Year: Tim McGraw
  • Academy of Country Music Awards
    • 2008, Best New Female Vocalist

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)

References[change | change source]

  1. "VMAs 2014: Taylor Swift Throws 'Shake It Off' Pop Party - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone.
  2. "Taylor Swift Debuts at No. 1 on Hot 100 With 'Cardigan,' Is 1st Artist to Open Atop Hot 100 & Billboard 200 in Same Week". Billboard. 2020-08-03. Retrieved 2020-08-18.
  3. "Taylor Swift Biography: Singer (1989–)". FYI. Archived from the original on August 30, 2016. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  4. Parker, Jill; Books, Sole (2015-09). Taylor Swift biography: TAY - The Taylor Swift Story. Sole Books. ISBN 978-1-938591-35-8. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. Raab, Scott (October 20, 2014). "Taylor Swift Interview". Esquire. Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Caitlin Petreycik (27 October 2014). "10 Reasons Why Taylor Swift's Cat Olivia Benson Has The Best Life Ever". Seventeen magazine. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  7. Stephanie Webber (28 February 2015). "Taylor Swift Catches Cats Olivia, Meredith Cuddling Together After Their "Cat Fights"". US Weekly. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
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