Taylor Swift
Singer and songwriter
Taylor Swift
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed to independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by Sony/ATV Music Publishing. She released her self-titled debut album in 2006.
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Emily And Haley Ferguson Might Be Taylor Swift's Long-Lost Sisters
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'Write It Off': A Taylor Swift Tax Time Parody!
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When it comes to our taxes, many of us turn to accountants for sound financial advice. But, considering we now have a completely unqualified celebrity with zero experience running the country, who better than another unqualified celebrity with zero experience to help us, not only get through the April 15 deadline, but to profit from it?! With that in mind, the lovely Ms. Taylor Swift is here to show you how to cheat on your taxes like the pros! #Writeitoff -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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What If 'Beauty And The Beast' Featured Only Justin Bieber Songs?
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It’s “Beauty and the Beast” as you’ve never heard it before ― using Justin Bieber songs. Patty Cake Productions, a video company based in Orlando, Florida, has just posted a mini version of the classic Disney musical, where the characters croon Bieber’s tunes instead of the original soundtrack. And it works amazingly well. For instance, the song “I’ll Show You,” proves to be a satisfying replacement for the original opening track, “Belle,” while his song “Company” is a great stand-in for “Be Our Guest.” “Beauty and the Bieber” is the brainchild of Layne Stein and Tony Wakim, who have been working on the project for 5 and a half months. “We realized [Bieber] actually has a song called ‘Beauty And The Beat,’” Wakim told HuffPost. “Then we realized a lot of his songs fit the ‘Beauty and the Beast’ narrative.” Stein and Wakim gathered a cast of 57 people and filmed the video on location at various Orlando landmarks that resembled a castle, a tavern and a ...
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What are you up to, Taylor Swift?
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Taylor Swift, to quote your song "Style," it's been a while since we have even heard from you.
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'Girls' Star's Sister Thinks Taylor Swift 'May As Well Have Voted For Trump'
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We’ll probably never know whether Taylor Swift voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in last year’s presidential election, but we’ll always remember how she stayed silent.  You can add Lola Kirke’s name to the list of those underwhelmed by Swift’s political engagement in 2016, because the actress and musician ― who’s also sister to “Girls” star Jemima Kirke ― didn’t hold back in a new interview with Vogue. See, Kirke aspires to be the kind of celebrity who uses her platform for good “in this fucking day and age” by bringing attention to issues that matter to her, no matter how controversial. In the past, she’s used Instagram to encourage her fans to participate in politics whenever possible.  “For me, it’s really important to elevate voices and causes that don’t get as much attention with whatever attention I get,” Kirke said. “I totally understand why some people won’t do that; I definitely think that there are certain celebrities who really could offer more help to gra ...
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Why Lorde's 'Green Light' Marks Poptimism's Downfall
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Sitting down with Noisey in 2016, Neil Tennant of legendary British pop duo the Pet Shop Boys was asked his opinion on the current pop landscape. “There’s a problem in pop music…which is subject matter. And there’s only currently one subject matter – and that is the singer. Or possibly, their emotional life.” After two years with little on the market besides a second collaboration with dance duo Disclosure, Lorde returned to the pop market this week with the Jack Antonoff collaboration “Green Light.” Previewing the single on Twitter, Lorde excitedly professed it was “the first chapter of the last two wild, florescent years” of her life. I’ve already gotten into several Facebook arguments for saying “Green Light” is not a good song. And it’s not – from its dull opening piano chords and clunky songwriting (you will never be able to convince me “we order different drinks at the same bars” and “sometimes I wake up in a different bedroom” are noteworthy songwriting) it feels like Ja ...
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Remy Ma, Dressed In Funeral Attire, Shares Why She Dropped 'shETHER'
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Rapper Remy Ma made a dramatic appearance on “The Wendy Williams Show” on Friday ― just six days after the release of the “oh, s**t”-inducing Nicki Minaj diss track titled “shETHER.” After four minutes of allowing Remy to discuss topics not related to the song, Williams finally cut to the point: “Let’s talk about ‘shETHER.’”  Remy sat alongside “Plato O Plomo” album collaborator and brotherly figure Fat Joe ― who remained diplomatically silent throughout the majority of the “shETHER” discussion ― and gave a thorough explanation of why the diss track had to be done.  “It was the behind-the-scenes stuff that you people will never know about,” Remy said.  The rapper, who was pointedly wearing funeral attire, alleged that Minaj made attempts to prevent her from appearing on red carpets and winning awards and dragged her recent album sales.  “Just anything that I’m doing to make me look less and make her look better. And I have a problem with that,” Remy said. “When you’re ...
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With 'Green Light,' Lorde Falls Victim to the Taylor Swift Effect - Daily Beast
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Daily Beast With 'Green Light,' Lorde Falls Victim to the Taylor Swift Effect Daily Beast Everyone's favorite musical weirdo enlists Taylor Swift's pop music whisperer for her super poppy, super dancey new single “Green Light.” It's so catchy. But also so…normal. Kevin Fallon. 03.02.17 1:18 PM ET. It's taken more than three years, but ... Lorde's 'Green Light': A Brilliant Songwriter Enters Her PrimeBillboard Lorde returns with jaw-dropping comeback single 'Green Light'USA TODAY Lorde releases new single "Green Light," teases first album in four yearsCBS News The Atlantic -Yahoo Music -Hollywood Life -Yahoo News all 274 news articles »
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Camila Cabello Collaborating With Taylor Swift On New Tracks For First Solo Album? - Hollywood Life
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Hollywood Life Camila Cabello Collaborating With Taylor Swift On New Tracks For First Solo Album? Hollywood Life Camila Cabello is working on her debut album and HollywoodLife.com has learned EXCLUSIVELY that the former Fifth Harmony member is dying to get the 'Bad Blood' singer on board. Get all the details about the next phase of Camila's solo career, right ... Camila Cabello Says She Hasn't Talked to Fifth Harmony Bandmates Since Departure: 'It Makes Me Sad'PEOPLE.com Camila Cabello Hasn't Talked to Her Fifth Harmony Bandmates Since She Left the Group: 'It Makes Me Sad'Us Weekly Camila Cabello hasn't spoken to Fifth Harmony since leaving the groupEW.com MTV.com -Billboard -Just Jared -New York Daily News all 90 news articles »
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Lena Dunham Defends Taylor Swift's Right Not To Speak Out Against Trump
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Lena Dunham, like most of Hollywood, made it beyond clear she was rooting for Hillary Clinton to win last year’s presidential election. But while Dunham was out there writing op-eds, giving speeches and appearing in awkward rap parodies in an attempt to support her candidate, her pal Taylor Swift remained suspiciously silent, leading to increasingly loud backlash. In new interview with Rolling Stone, however, the “Girls” star defended Swift’s decision to keep her political beliefs to herself. “I just think everyone has to do it their way,” Dunham told the magazine when asked if she thought the backlash against Swift was unfair. “When I was lesser known, I was like, ‘Who could not share their opinion?’ Then I found out that when you talk about politics, people straight up tweet you the floor plan of your house and say they’re coming to your house. You have to fucking watch it because people are nuts.”  Swift still hasn’t publicly said if she supported one of the two major ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Taylor Swift
  • 2016
    Age 26
    By the beginning of 2016, Swift had sold more than 40 million albums, 130 million single downloads and was one of the top five music artists with the highest worldwide digital sales.
    More Details Hide Details Each of Swift's studio albums had sold at least four million units in the U.S.: Taylor Swift (5.5 million), Fearless (7. million), Speak Now (4.5 million), Red (4.1 million) and 1989 (5.7 million).
    She donated $1 million to help people impacted by the 2016 Louisiana floods.
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    In June 2016, Forbes estimated Swift's net worth to be $250 million.
    More Details Hide Details Swift's philanthropic efforts have been recognized by the Do Something Awards and the Tennessee Disaster Services. She has also received The Big Help Award for her "dedication to helping others" and "inspiring others through action", and the Ripple of Hope Award because of her "dedication to advocacy at such a young age … Taylor is just the kind of woman we want our daughters to be". In 2008, she donated $100,000 to the Red Cross to help the victims of the Iowa flood of 2008. The singer has performed in charity reliefs like Sydney's Sound Relief concert. She also recorded a song for the Hope for Haiti Now album. In response to the May 2010 Tennessee floods, Swift donated $500,000 during a telethon hosted by WSMV. In 2011, Swift used a dress rehearsal of her Speak Now tour as a benefit concert for victims of recent tornadoes in the United States, raising more than $750,000. In 2012, Swift supported Architecture for Humanity's Restore the Shore MTV telethon in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
    In 2016, Swift topped Forbes annual list of the 100 highest-paid celebrities with $170 million—she also ranked among the top ten in 2011, 2013 and 2015.
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    Before Swift and Harris announced the end of their relationship in June 2016, the two co-wrote his song "This Is What You Came For", for which she was initially credited under the pseudonym Nils Sjöberg.
    More Details Hide Details One of Swift's earliest musical memories is listening to her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, sing at church. As a child, she enjoyed Disney film soundtracks: "My parents noticed that, once I had run out of words, I would just make up my own". Swift has said she owes her confidence to her mother, who helped her prepare for class presentations as a child. She also attributes her "fascination with writing and storytelling" to her mother. Swift was drawn to the storytelling of country music, and was introduced to the genre by "the great female country artists of the '90s"—Shania Twain, Faith Hill and the Dixie Chicks. Twain, both as a songwriter and performer, was her biggest musical influence. Hill was Swift's childhood role model: "Everything she said, did, wore, I tried to copy it". She admired the Dixie Chicks' defiant attitude and their ability to play their own instruments. The band's "Cowboy Take Me Away" was the first song Swift learned to play on the guitar. Swift also explored the music of older country stars, including Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette. She believes Parton is "an amazing example to every female songwriter out there". Alt-country artists such as Ryan Adams, Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna have inspired Swift.
    In 2016, Swift won three Grammy Awards for 1989—Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for "Bad Blood".
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  • 2015
    Age 25
    In 2015, she became the youngest woman ever to be included on Forbes 100 most powerful women list, ranked at number 64.
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    In 2015, she was named Woman of the Year at the Elle Style Awards, and ranked first in Maxim Hot 100 list.
    More Details Hide Details Swift has also appeared in various power listings. She was included in Times annual list of the 100 most influential people in 2010 and 2015. From 2011–15, she appeared in the top three of Forbes Top-Earning Women In Music with earnings of $45 million, $57 million, $55 million, $64 million and $80 million respectively.
    In June 2015, Swift criticized Apple Music in an open letter for not offering royalties to artists during the streaming service's free three-month trial period and stated that she would pull 1989 from the catalog.
    More Details Hide Details The following day, Apple announced that it would pay artists during the free trial period, and Swift agreed to stream 1989 on the streaming service. Swift's intellectual property rights management and holding company, TAS Rights Management, filed for 73 trademarks related to the singer and the 1989 era memes.
    In March 2015, Swift started dating Scottish DJ and record producer Calvin Harris.
    More Details Hide Details By June 2015, the duo were ranked as the highest-paid celebrity couple over the past year by Forbes with combined earnings of over $146 million. In August, Swift addressed her mother's cancer diagnosis, and encouraged others to get a medical checkup.
    In 2015, Swift performed "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Shake It Off" with Paul McCartney at the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special after-party, and joined Kenny Chesney to sing "Big Star" on the opening night of his Big Revival Tour in Nashville.
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    In 2015, "Shake It Off" was nominated for three Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year and Swift won the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist.
    More Details Hide Details The singer was one of eight artists to receive a 50th Anniversary Milestone Award at the 2015 Academy of Country Music Awards.
  • 2014
    Age 24
    In November 2014, she removed her entire catalog from Spotify, arguing that the streaming company's ad-supported, free service undermined the premium service, which provides higher royalties for songwriters.
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    Swift was named Billboards Woman of the Year in 2014, becoming the first artist to win the award twice.
    More Details Hide Details Also that year, she received the Dick Clark Award for Excellence at the American Music Awards.
    In March 2014, Swift relocated to New York City.
    More Details Hide Details Around this time, she was working on her fifth studio album, 1989, with writers Antonoff, Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap, Ryan Tedder and Ali Payami. She promoted the album through various campaigns, including inviting fans to secret album-listening sessions, called the "1989 Secret Sessions". Credited as her "first documented, official pop album", it marks a departure from her previous country albums. The album was released on October 27, 2014 to positive reviews.
  • 2013
    Age 23
    She also joined Florida Georgia Line on stage during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing "Cruise".
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    In 2013, Swift co-wrote "Sweeter Than Fiction" with Jack Antonoff for the One Chance soundtrack, and received a Best Original Song nomination at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.
    More Details Hide Details She provided guest vocals for a McGraw song titled "Highway Don't Care", featuring guitar work by Urban. Swift performed "As Tears Go By" with The Rolling Stones in Chicago as part of their 50 & Counting tour.
  • 2012
    Age 22
    In 2012, Swift participated in the Stand Up to Cancer telethon, performing "Ronan", a song she wrote in memory of a four-year-old boy who died of neuroblastoma.
    More Details Hide Details The song was made available for digital download with all proceeds donated to cancer-related charities. In 2014, she donated $100,000 to the V Foundation for Cancer Research, and $50,000 to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The singer made private visits to hospitals to meet with sick patients and to support them. Swift has encouraged young people to volunteer in their local communities as part of Global Youth Service Day.
    She dated British singer Harry Styles from December 2012 to January 2013.
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    She received the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist Award for the fifth and sixth consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
    More Details Hide Details Swift was also honored by the Association with a special Pinnacle Award, making her the second recipient of the accolade after Garth Brooks.
    Swift was named Best Female Country Artist at the 2012 American Music Awards and Artist of the Year at the 2013 ceremony.
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    After providing vocals for B.o.B's "Both of Us" in May 2012, Swift dated political heir Conor Kennedy from July to September 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In August, Swift released "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"—the lead single from her fourth studio album, Red. An international success, it became her first number-one in the US and New Zealand. The song reached the top slot on an iTunes chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the "Fastest Selling Single in Digital History" listing in the Guinness World Records. Swift released the album's second single "Begin Again" in October. It reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. Other singles released from the album included: "I Knew You Were Trouble", "22", "Everything Has Changed", "The Last Time", and "Red". "I Knew You Were Trouble" was a major commercial success, peaking at number two in the United States. Red was released on October 22, 2012, incorporating new genres, such as heartland rock, dubstep and dance-pop. The album was a critical and commercial success, and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies. This marked the highest opening sales in a decade, and made Swift the first female to have two million-selling album openings, a record recognized by Guinness World Records. Promoting the album, Swift embarked on the Red Tour, which ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million. Red earned several accolades, including four nominations at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.
  • 2011
    Age 21
    In November 2011, she released her first live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live.
    More Details Hide Details The following month, Swift contributed two original songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack album—"Safe & Sound", co-written and recorded with The Civil Wars and T-Bone Burnett, and "Eyes Open". The former was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
    Swift embarked on the Speak Now World Tour, which ran from February 2011 to March 2012, and grossed over $123 million.
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    At the American Music Awards of 2011, Swift won Artist of the Year and Favorite Country Album.
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    Swift won various other awards for Speak Now, including Songwriter/Artist of the Year by the Nashville Songwriters Association (2010 and 2011), Woman of the Year by Billboard (2011), and Entertainer of the Year by the Academy of Country Music (2011 and 2012) and the Country Music Association in 2011.
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  • 2010
    Age 20
    Claire Suddath of Time felt she "delivered her comeback on-key and with a vengeance", while Jayme Deerwester of USA Today remarked that the criticism in 2010 seemed to have "made her a better songwriter and live performer".
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    For this feat, Swift received a listing in the 2010 Guinness World Records; she earned another entry in the book after 10 of Speak Nows tracks debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female to achieve the feat.
    More Details Hide Details Three of the album's singles—"Mine", "Back to December", and "Mean"—peaked within the top ten in Canada. The song "Mean" won Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards. She performed the song during the ceremony.
    In August 2010, Swift released "Mine", which entered the United States at number three, making Swift the second female artist in the history of the Hot 100 (after Mariah Carey) to debut multiple tracks—the other one was "Today Was a Fairytale" at number two—in the top five during a calendar year. The song was the lead single from her third studio album, Speak Now, whose songs she wrote by herself. Speak Now, released on October 25, 2010, was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, with opening week sales of one million copies, the 16th album to do so.
    More Details Hide Details Later, it became the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, with 278,000 downloads in a week.
    Later in 2010, she briefly dated actor Jake Gyllenhaal.
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    Fearless won Swift many accolades. She garnered four Grammy Awards in 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 19
    While filming Valentine's Day in October 2009—Swift's feature film acting debut—she began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; however, they broke up later that year.
    More Details Hide Details The romantic comedy, released the following year, saw her play the ditzy girlfriend of a high school jock, a role in which Los Angeles Times found "serious comedic potential". In a particularly scathing review, the critic for Variety deemed her "entirely undirected", arguing that "she needs to find a skilled director to tamp her down and channel her obviously abundant energy".
    Swift made her acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager.
    More Details Hide Details The New York Times noted that the character allowed Swift to be "a little bit naughty, and credibly so". Later that year, Swift both hosted and performed as the musical guest for an episode of Saturday Night Live. Entertainment Weekly described her as "this season's best Saturday Night Live host so far", noting that she "was always up for the challenge, seemed to be having fun, and helped the rest of the cast nail the punchlines".
    Billboard named her 2009's Artist of the Year.
    More Details Hide Details Swift contributed backing vocals to John Mayer's "Half of My Heart", a single featured on his fourth album, Battle Studies (2009). She co-wrote and recorded "Best Days of Your Life" with Kellie Pickler, and co-wrote two songs for the Hannah Montana: The Movie soundtrack—"You'll Always Find Your Way Back Home" and "Crazier". Swift also provided vocals for Boys Like Girls' "Two Is Better Than One". She contributed two songs to the Valentine's Day soundtrack, including "Today Was a Fairytale", which became her first number one on the Canadian Hot 100 chart.
    The album debuted at number one on Billboard 200 and was the top-selling album of 2009 in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details The album received promotion from Swift's first concert tour, Fearless Tour, which grossed over $63 million. Taylor Swift: Journey to Fearless, a concert film, was aired on television and later released on DVD and Blu-ray. Swift also performed as a supporting act for Keith Urban's Escape Together World Tour. In 2009, the music video for "You Belong with Me" was named MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video. Her acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper Kanye West. The incident was the subject of controversy and frequent media attention, resulting in many Internet memes. James Montgomery of MTV argued that the incident and subsequent media attention turned Swift into "a bona-fide mainstream celebrity".
    In 2009, Swift appeared in the late-night show Saturday Night Live followed by her film debut the following year in Valentine's Day.
    More Details Hide Details Swift was the sole writer of her 2010 album, Speak Now. It debuted at number one in the United States and the single "Mean" won two Grammy Awards. Her fourth album, Red (2012), yielded the successful singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble".
  • 2008
    Age 18
    During the 2008 presidential campaign, Swift promoted the Every Woman Counts campaign, aimed at engaging women in the political process, and was one of many country stars to record a PSA for the Vote (For Your) Country campaign.
    More Details Hide Details She stated: "I don't think it's my job to try and influence people which way they should vote." Following President Obama's inauguration, she told Rolling Stone that she supported the president: "I've never seen this country so happy about a political decision in my entire time of being alive. I'm so glad this was my first election." In a 2012 interview, Swift remarked that in spite of keeping herself "as educated and informed as possible", she does not discuss politics, fearing that it might influence other people. Swift has spent time with the Kennedy family and has spoken of her admiration for Ethel Kennedy. Swift is also a feminist. She has spoken out against LGBT discrimination. Following the 2008 murder of Larry King, she recorded a GLSEN PSA to combat hate crimes. On the first anniversary of King's death, Swift told Seventeen that her parents taught her "never to judge others based on whom they love, what color their skin is, or their religion". In 2011, the music video for Swift's anti-bullying song "Mean" dealt in part with homophobia in high schools; the video was later nominated for an MTV VMA social activism award. The New York Times believes she is part of "a new wave of young (and mostly straight) women who are providing the soundtrack for a generation of gay fans coming to terms with their identity in a time of turbulent and confusing cultural messages".
    Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single, "Love Story", was released in September 2008 and peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. Four more singles were released throughout 2008 and 2009: "White Horse", "You Belong with Me", "Fifteen" and "Fearless". "You Belong with Me" was the album's highest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number two.
    She was also nominated for Best New Artist at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
    More Details Hide Details In July of that year, Swift began a romance with Joe Jonas that ended three months later.
  • 2007
    Age 17
    Swift won a number of accolades for Taylor Swift. She was one of the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be honored with the title.
    More Details Hide Details She also won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for Best New Artist, the Academy of Country Music Awards' Top New Female Vocalist, and the American Music Awards' Favorite Country Female Artist honor.
    Swift also released the holiday album Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection in October 2007 and the EP Beautiful Eyes in July 2008.
    More Details Hide Details She promoted her debut album extensively as the opening act for other artists on their tours.
  • 2006
    Age 16
    Taylor Swift was released on October 24, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Jon Caramanica of The New York Times described it as "a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice". As of August 2016 the album has sold over 7.75 million copies worldwide.
    She spent much of 2006 promoting Taylor Swift with a radio tour and television appearances.
    More Details Hide Details Borchetta has said that record industry peers disliked his signing of a 16-year-old singer-songwriter at first but that Swift tapped into a previously unknown market—teenage girls who listen to country music. Following "Tim McGraw", four additional singles were released throughout 2007 and 2008: "Teardrops on My Guitar", "Our Song", "Picture to Burn" and "Should've Said No". All were highly successful on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, with "Our Song" and "Should've Said No" both reaching number one. For the former, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the chart. "Teardrops on My Guitar" became a moderate commercial success, reaching number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100.
    Big Machine Records was still in its infancy on the release of the lead single, "Tim McGraw", in June 2006, and Swift and her mother helped "stuff the CD singles into envelopes to send to radio".
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    The release of her eponymous debut album in 2006 marked the start of her career as a country music singer.
    More Details Hide Details The album's third single, "Our Song", made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States. The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner.
  • 2005
    Age 15
    At an industry showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Cafe in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form his own independent record label, Big Machine Records.
    More Details Hide Details She became one of the first signings, and her father purchased a three percent stake in the fledgling company at an estimated cost of $120,000. The singer began working on her eponymous debut album shortly after signing the record deal. She persuaded Big Machine to hire her demo producer Nathan Chapman, with whom she felt she had the right "chemistry". Swift wrote three of the album's songs alone, and co-wrote the remaining eight with writers Rose, Robert Ellis Orrall, Brian Maher, and Angelo Petraglia.
  • 2003
    Age 13
    In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based music manager Dan Dymtrow.
    More Details Hide Details With his help, Swift modelled for Abercrombie & Fitch as part of their "Rising Stars" campaign, had an original song included on a Maybelline compilation CD, and attended meetings with major record labels. After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift was given an artist development deal and began making frequent trips to Nashville with her mother. To help Swift break into country music, her father transferred to the Nashville office of Merrill Lynch when she was 14, and the family relocated to a lakefront house in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Swift attended public high school, but after two years transferred to the Aaron Academy, which through homeschooling could accommodate her touring schedule, and she graduated a year early with excellent grades. In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges, Brett Beavers, Brett James, Mac McAnally, and The Warren Brothers. She eventually formed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose. They began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school. Rose thought that the sessions were "some of the easiest I've ever done. Basically, I was just her editor. She'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she'd come in with the most incredible hooks". Swift was signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house, but left RCA Records when she was 14.
  • 1989
    Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania, and grew up in the suburban Philadelphia area.
    More Details Hide Details Her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, was a financial advisor, and her mother, Andrea Gardner Swift (Finlay), was a homemaker who worked previously as a mutual fund marketing executive. She has a younger brother named Austin. Swift spent the early years of her life on a Christmas tree farm in Cumru Township, Pennsylvania. She attended preschool and kindergarten at the Alvernia Montessori School, run by Franciscan nuns, before transferring to the Wyndcroft School. The family then moved to a rented house in the suburban town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, where she attended Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. At the age of nine, Swift became interested in musical theater and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions. She also traveled regularly to New York City for vocal and acting lessons. Swift later shifted her focus toward country music inspired by Shania Twain's songs, which made her "want to just run around the block four times and daydream about everything". She spent her weekends performing at local festivals and events. After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure that she needed to go to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a music career. At the age of eleven, she traveled with her mother to visit Nashville record labels and submitted a demo tape of Dolly Parton and Dixie Chicks karaoke covers. However, she was rejected since "everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do.
    1989 sold 1.28 million copies in the US during the first week of release and debuted atop the Billboard 200—this made Swift the first act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in their opening release week, for which she earned a Guinness World Record. As of February 2015, 1989 had sold over 8.6 million copies worldwide. The album's lead single, "Shake It Off", was released in August 2014 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details Others included the number-one singles—"Blank Space" and "Bad Blood" (featuring Kendrick Lamar); the top ten hits—"Style" and "Wildest Dreams"—and "Out of the Woods" and "New Romantics". The music video for "Blank Space" briefly became the fastest video to reach one billion views on Vevo. "Blank Space" and the video for "Bad Blood" won four accolades at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, with the latter winning for Video of the Year and Best Collaboration. Swift's headlining tour, the 1989 World Tour, running from May to December 2015, grossed over $250 million, and became one of the highest grossing tours of all time.
    With her fifth album, the pop-focused 1989 (2014), she became the first act to have three albums sell a million copies within one week in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details Its singles "Shake It Off", "Blank Space" and "Bad Blood" reached number one in the US, Australia and Canada. The album received three Grammy Awards, and Swift became the first woman and fifth person overall to win Album of the Year twice. The 2015 eponymous concert tour for 1989 became one of highest-grossing of all time. As a songwriter, Swift has received awards from the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. She is also the recipient of ten Grammy Awards, five Guinness World Records, one Emmy Award, 23 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award. Swift is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums—including 27.1 million in the U.S.—and 130 million single downloads. She has appeared in Time 100 most influential people in the world (2010 and 2015), Forbes top-earning women in music (2011–15), Forbes 100 most powerful women (2015) and Forbes Celebrity 100 (2016). She was the youngest woman to be included in the third of these and ranked first in Celebrity 100.
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