Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift

Swift performing in Los Angeles during the 2013 Red Tour
Background information
Birth name Taylor Alison Swift
Born December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) (age 25)
Origin Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres Country pop, Pop rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter, model
Instruments Guitar, piano
Years active 1997–Present
Labels Big Machine Records
Associated acts Ed Sheeran, Colbie Caillat, John Mayer
Website Taylor Swift Official Site

Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter and model. She had her first hit, "Tim McGraw", in 2006 at the age of 16 which was also her debut single. 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".

The lead single from Swift's fourth album Red, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", became Swift's 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 2013, Red was nominated for Best Country Album and Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards.

Swift performed "Shake It Off", the lead single from her fifth album 1989, at the 2014 MTV VMAs.[1] 1989 was released in October 27, 2014. The singles "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", and "Bad Blood" all reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The first two singles, along with "Style", have also topped the Mainstream Top 40/Pop Songs chart.

Swift has two cats. One is named "Meredith Grey" after the doctor on Grey's Anatomy. The second is named "Olivia Benson" after the detective on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.[2]

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums[change | change source]

Year Album US Country US CAN Country CAN
2006 Taylor Swift 1 5 1 14
2008 Fearless 1 1 1 1
2010 Speak Now 1 1 1
2012 Red 1 1 1
2014 1989 - 1 1

Singles[change | change source]

Year Song US Country
[3]
US Hot 100
[4]
US Pop 100
[5]
US AC
[6]
CAN Hot 100
[7]
Album
2006 "Tim McGraw" 6 40 43 Taylor Swift
2007 "Teardrops on My Guitar" 2 13 7 5 63
"Our Song" 1 16 18 54
2008 "Picture to Burn" 3 28 49 85
"Should've Said No" 1 33 61 67
"Love Story" 1 4 1 1 4 Fearless
"White Horse" 2 13 23 43
2009 "You Belong With Me" 1 2 2 1
"Fifteen" 7 23 10 12 63
2010 "Fearless" 10 9
"Mine" 2 3 12 1 7 Speak Now
"Back to December" 3 6 11 14[8] 7
2011 "Mean" 2 11 10
"The Story of Us" - 41 21 70
"Sparks Fly" 1[9] 17[9] 28
"Ours" 1 13 71
2012 "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" 1 1 2 10 1 Red
"Begin Again" 10 7 4
"I Knew You Were Trouble" 2 10 2 2
2014 "Shake It Off" 1 1 1 1989
"Blank Space" 1 1 1
2015 "Style" 6 4 6
"Bad Blood" 1 1

Awards[change | change source]

  • Grammy Awards[10]
    • 2010 (52nd Award Ceremony)
      • Best Country Album, Fearless
      • Album of the Year, 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)
  • 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]

References[change | change source]

  1. "VMAs 2014: Taylor Swift Throws 'Shake It Off' Pop Party - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/taylor-swift-performs-shake-it-off-at-vmas-20140824.
  2. Stephanie Webber (28 February 2015). "Taylor Swift Catches Cats Olivia, Meredith Cuddling Together After Their "Cat Fights"". US Weekly. http://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/taylor-swift-catches-cats-olivia-meredith-cuddling-together-video-2015282. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/taylor-swift/chart-history/766101?f=357&g=Singles.
  4. "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/taylor-swift/chart-history/766101?f=379&g=Sinles.
  5. "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/taylor-swift/chart-history/766101?f=381&g=Singles.
  6. "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/taylor-swift/chart-history/766101?f=341&g=Singles.
  7. "Taylor Swift". billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/artist/371422/taylor-swift/chart?page=2&sort=date&f=793.
  8. "Billboard - Music Charts, Music News, Artist Photo Gallery & Free Video". Billboard. http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/adult-contemporary?chartDate=2011-05-28.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Sparks Fly Charts History". http://www.billboard.com/#/song/taylor-swift/sparks-fly/23364136.
  10. "Taylor Swift". The GRAMMYs. http://www.grammy.com/artist/taylor-swift.

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