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

December 13, 1989 (1989-12-13) (age 31)
Other names Nils Sjöberg
Occupation
  • Singer-songwriter
  • record producer
  • actress
  • director
Years active 2004–present
Net worth US$365 million (2020 estimate)
Relatives
  • Austin Swift (brother)
  • Marjorie Finlay (grandmother)
Awards Full list
Musical career
Origin Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • banjo
  • piano
  • ukulele
Labels
  • Big Machine
  • Republic


Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Her narrative songwriting, which often takes inspiration from her personal life, has received widespread critical praise and media coverage.

Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift relocated to Nashville, Tennessee, in 2004 to pursue a career in country music. She broke into the country music scene with her eponymous debut studio album in 2006, which featured the singles "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song". Swift rose to mainstream prominence with her second studio album, Fearless (2008), a country pop record with crossover appeal. Aided by the top-ten singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", Fearless was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Swift's third studio album, Speak Now (2010), blended country pop with elements of rock, featuring the top-ten singles "Mine" and "Back to December".

Drawing inspiration from various pop, rock, and electronic genres, Swift's fourth studio album Red (2012) saw her transcending her country roots. She moved to pop with her synth-pop fifth studio album, 1989 (2014), and expanded the electropop sound on her next two studio albums, Reputation (2017) and Lover (2019), which respectively embraced urban and retro styles. The four albums spawned a string of international top-five singles, including "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "I Knew You Were Trouble", "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", "Bad Blood", "Look What You Made Me Do", and "Me!". In 2020, Swift experimented with folk and alternative rock on her eighth and ninth studio albums, Folklore and Evermore, whose lead singles "Cardigan" and "Willow" topped charts around the world, and released the documentaries Miss Americana and Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions.

With sales of over 200 million records worldwide, Swift is one of the best-selling music artists. Her accolades include 11 Grammy Awards (including three Album of the Year wins), an Emmy Award, 28 Guinness World Records, 32 American Music Awards (the most wins by an artist), and 23 Billboard Music Awards (the most wins by a woman). She ranked eighth on Billboard's Greatest of All Time Artists Chart, and as a songwriter she was recognized in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015). Swift has been included in various power rankings, such as Time's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2010, 2015 and 2019) and Forbes Celebrity 100 (placing first in 2016 and 2019). She was named Woman of the Decade (2010s) by Billboard and Artist of the Decade (2010s) by the American Music Awards.

Career

2006–07: Debut album

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

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

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

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

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

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 and evermore

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.

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

Future Plans: Fearless, Taylor's Version

Due to Swift not being able to own her own masters, she has come out on her social medias stating, (in a hidden way), that her version of the album Fearless will be released April 9 2021. She has already released the song "Love Story" on February 12 2021.

Personal life

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

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

Awards and achievements

Swift has won 11 Grammy Awards (including three Album of the Year wins—the most for a female artist), an Emmy Award, 32 American Music Awards (most wins by an artist), 23 Billboard Music Awards (most wins by a female artist), 28 Guinness World Records, 12 Country Music Association Awards (including the Pinnacle Award), eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and a Brit Award. As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and was the youngest person included on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015. At the 64th BMI Awards in 2016, Swift was the first woman to be honored with an award named after its recipient. Her albums Red and 1989 featured on Rolling Stone's 2020 revision of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Swift has sold over 50 million albums, including 37.3 million in the U.S., and 150 million singles worldwide. She has amassed more than 97 million units in global album consumption, including 54 billion streams, as of February 2020. In 2019, Billboard placed her eighth on its Greatest of All Time Artists Chart. Swift is the longest-reigning act of Billboard Artist 100 with 44 weeks at number one on the chart, the woman with the most cumulative weeks (50) atop the Billboard 200, the woman with the most Billboard Hot 100 entries in history (129), and the artist with the most number-one singles on Digital Songs chart (22). She is the second-highest-certified female digital singles artist (and third overall) in the U.S., with 134 million total units certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the first female artist to have both an album (Fearless) and a song ("Shake It Off") certified Diamond. Swift broke the record for the highest-grossing North American tour of all time with her Reputation Stadium Tour (2018), and is the world's highest-grossing female touring act of the 2010s decade. She has the millennium's most number one albums in Ireland and the United Kingdom for a female artist.

Swift has appeared in various power listings. Time included her on its annual list of the 100 most influential people in 2010, 2015, and 2019. She was one of the "Silence Breakers" who spoke up about sexual assault, and were honored as Time Person of the Year in 2017. From 2011 to 2020, she appeared in the top three on the Forbes Top-Earning Women in Music list, topping the list in 2016 and 2019. She also topped the magazine's list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities in 2016 with $170 million—a feat recognized by the Guinness World Records—and again in 2019 with $185 million. In 2014, she was named to Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in the music category and again in 2017 in its "All-Star Alumni" category. In 2015, Swift became the youngest woman to be included on Forbes' list of the 100 most powerful women, ranked at number 64. In June 2019, Forbes estimated Swift's net worth at $360 million. Swift was the most googled female music artist of 2019 and the highest-paid female musician of the 2010s with earnings of $825 million.

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