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Taylor Swift Profile
Taylor Swift profile is a clear demonstration of what the American Dream is about, she is one of the most famous and renown musicians of all times, she is a passionate musician
At the age of nine, Swift became interested in musical theatre and performed in four Berks Youth Theatre Academy productions. She traveled regularly to New York for vocal and acting lessons. She started focusing on country music, she was inspired by Shania Twain’s songs. She spent her weekends performing at local festivals and events. She then started going to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a music career. When she was eleven years old, she traveled with her mother to visit Nashville record labels and submitted a demo tape to Dolly Parton and Dixie Chicks karaoke covers, but she was rejected because she was doing the same as everybody else at that time.
When Swift was about 12 years old, computer repairman and local musician Ronnie Cremer taught her how to play the guitar and helped with her first efforts as a songwriter, which lead to her writing “Lucky You”. In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based music manager Dan Dymtrow. After performing original songs at an RCA Records showcase, Swift, with 14 years old then, was given an artist development deal and at the beginning made frequent trips to Nashville with her mother, so her father transferred to the Nashville office of Merrill Lynch to help her with her nascent career. Swift attended Hendersonville 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.
In Nashville, Swift worked with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges, Brett Beavers, Brett James, Mac McAnally, and The Warren Brothers. She developed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose, where Taylor Swift did the writing about what happened at school that day and Liz Rode was just her editor, as Rose usually says. Taylor Swift was signed by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house.
Swift was at an industry showcase at Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe in 2005 when she caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, who she met in 2004, a DreamWorks Records executive who was preparing to form his own independent record label, Big Machine Records. Swift became one of the first signings of the record label, while her father acquired three percent of the company. Soon after signing she started working on her first album, which was released on October 24th, 2006, and her lead single “Tim McGraw” on June 2006. Soon after releasing it, the album went to be number five on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the USA, and stayed on the ranking almost 160 weeks, making it the longest stay on the chart by any release in the USA since the year 2000. That album alone sold 7.75million copies worldwide in the first 10 months. The record industry was not very enthusiastic about her music at the beginning, but the secret of Taylor Swift success probably was because she tapped into a previously unknown niche market: the teenage girls who listen to country music, as Borchetta has said. Swift released 4 more singles in 2007 and 2008: “Teardrops on My Guitar”, “Our Song”, “Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No”. She also released the holiday album “Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holliday Collection” in 2017, and the Extender Play “Beautiful Eyes” in July 2008.
Swift’s second studio album, Fearless, was released on November 11, 2008. The lead single, “Love Story”, was released in September 2008. During 2008 and 2009 she released 4 more singles: “White horse”, You Belong with Me”, “Fifteen” and “Fearless”. There is no need to say that the album and the singles were top performers of the Billboard charts. Furthermore, the album was the top-selling album of 2009 in the USA and the Fearless Tour generated over $63 million in 2009, the music video “You Belong with Me” was named MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video. Swift became the youngest ever artist to be named Entertainer of the Year by the Country Music Association. Fearless also won the Association’s Album of the Year award. During 2009, Swift contributed backing vocals to John Mayer’s “Half of My Heart”, a single featured on his fourth album, Battle Studies, 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 made her acting debut in a 2009 episode of CBS’s CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, playing a rebellious teenager.
Her third album, Speak Now was released on October 25th, 2010, Swift released “Mine”, the lead single from the album. She wrote it alone and co-produced every track. Speak Now was a commercial success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, and becoming the 16th album to achieve opening week sales of one million copies. It became the fastest-selling digital album by a female artist, with 278,000 downloads in a week, earning Swift an entry in the 2010 Guinness World Records. She earned another Guinness World Record entry after she became the first woman to achieve 10 track debuts on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Speak Now World Tour ran from February 2011 to March 2012 and grossed over $123 million. In November 2011, Swift released her first live album, Speak Now World Tour: Live. The following month, she 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”. “Safe & Sound” won the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Swift fourth studio album, Red was released on October 22nd, 2012, while the lead single from this album was released in August, and shortly after the album’s second single, “Begin Again”, in October. Other singles released from the album include “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “22”, “Everything Has Changed”, “The Last Time”, and “Red”. This new Album “Red” incorporated new genres for Swift, 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. The Red Tour ran from March 2013 to June 2014 and grossed over $150 million.
In March 2014, Swift relocated to New York City, probably when she was working on her fifth studio album, “1989”, with writers Antonoff, Max Martin, Shellback, Imogen Heap, Ryan Tedder, and Ali Payami. The album’s lead single, “Shake It Off”, was released in August 2014 and debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album also generated two additional number-one singles—”Blank Space” and “Bad Blood” (featuring Kendrick Lamar)—as well as the top-ten entries “Style” and “Wildest Dreams”, and other singles “Out of the Woods” and “New Romantics”.
This album is her “first documented, the official pop album”, and marked a departure from her previous country albums. The album was released on October 27, 2014, to positive reviews. The 1989 World Tour generated about $250 million revenues and became one of the highest-grossing tours of the decade. As of June 2017, “1989” had sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
In August 2017, Swift sued and prevailed in a civil trial against David Mueller, a former morning show personality for Denver’s KYGO-FM. Four years earlier, Swift had informed Mueller’s bosses that he had sexually assaulted her by groping her at an event. After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for making him lose his job. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault. The jury rejected Mueller’s claims and ruled in favour of Swift. Swift thereafter cleared her social media accounts and released “Look What You Made Me Do” as the lead single from her sixth studio album, Reputation. In October, Swift released the album’s second single, “…Ready for It?”. Two promotional singles were released from Reputation, “Gorgeous” and “Call It What You Want”; the former later became the album’s fifth single, however only being released as such in Europe. The album was released on November 10 and sold 1.216 million copies in the United States. In support of Reputation, Swift embarked on Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour from May to November 2018. The tour broke multiple venue attendance and grossing records in the United States, earning $266.1 million and selling more than two million tickets. As a result, Swift broke her own record for the highest-grossing domestic tour by a woman and surpassed The Rolling Stones’ $245 million-grossing A Bigger Bang Tour (2005–2007). Worldwide, the tour grossed $345.7 million, making it the second highest-grossing concert tour of the year.
Reputation was Swift’s last album under her 12-year contract with Big Machine Records. On November 19, 2018, Swift signed a new multi-album deal with Big Machine’s distributor Universal Music Group; in the United States, her future releases will be promoted under the Republic Records imprint. Swift stated that the contract included provisions for her to maintain ownership of her master recordings. In addition, UMG agreed to, in the event that it sells portions of its stake in Spotify, distribute proceeds among its artists and make them non-recoupable.
Awards and achievements
- 10 Grammy Awards,
- 23 American Music Awards,
- 23 Billboard Music Awards,
- 12 Country Music Association Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music Awards,
- 1 Brit Award,
- 1 Creative Arts Emmy Award.
With more than 50 million albums sold and 150 million single downloads, she is among the top artists from a music revenues perspective. She will be right top 3 even if you only consider the digital sales and her albums have sold more than 4 million copies in the USA,
Taylor Swift Discography
- Taylor Swift (2006)
- Fearless (2008)
- Speak Now (2010)
- Red (2012)
- 1989 (2014)
- Reputation (2017)
Taylor Swift Music Tours
- Fearless Tour (2009–2010)
- Speak Now World Tour (2011–2012)
- The Red Tour (2013–2014)
- The 1989 World Tour (2015)
- Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour (2018)
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- Taylor Swift DOB: December 13, 1989
- Taylor Swift Net Worth: $320 as of June 2018