Born in 1989.
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Things started moving swiftly once Taylor came to the attention of Scott Borchetta, a former DreamWorks Records exec about to launch Big Machine Records. Borchetta saw Taylor perform at a songwriters showcase at the Bluebird Cafe and he signed her to Big Machine in 2005; shortly afterward, she started work on her debut album with producer Nathan Chapman, who’d previously helmed demos for Taylor.
Taylor Swift – Country Prodigy
Fearless – The Breakthrough
Speak Now – Songwriting Masterclass
RED – A Signal Flare
1989 – The Pop Album of the 2010s
reputation – The Comeback
In August 2017, Taylor took a DJ who groped her to court, after he tried to sue her for defamation. She counter-sued for a symbolic $1 and the jury decided in her favor. Taylor told TIME that she went through with the trial to stand in solidarity with other survivors of sexual assault, which was especially poignant in the face of the #MeToo Movement that was rising at the time.
Just days after the case concluded, Taylor wiped her social media accounts to tease the release of “Look What You Made Me Do” and her sixth studio album, November 2017’s reputation. Despite the previous summer’s conflict, the record had her second biggest sales week to date, debuting at No. 1 and selling 1.21 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, more than all the other 199 albums on the Billboard chart combined. It also went on to become the best-selling U.S. album of 2018, despite its 2017 release, and won accolades like the American Music Award for “Favorite Pop/Rock Album”. Her 2018 “reputation Stadium Tour” also became the highest-grossing tour in US history.
Lover – Artist of the Decade
Taylor’s dedication to artistic ownership became a large focus of the Lover era — she co-produced most tracks on the album, as well as directing or co-directing each music video, including “ME!”, “You Need To Calm Down“, “Lover” and “The Man“. She also became politically vocal, starting with an October 2018 Instagram post about the U.S. midterm elections and continuing with acts like her support of the LGBT community on “You Need to Calm Down.”
In November 2019, the American Music Awards named Taylor as the “Artist of the Decade”, and she performed a medley of some of her biggest hits at the ceremony. That night, she also beat Michael Jackson’s record to become the artist with the most AMA wins in history, earning her 29th award. The next month, Billboard named Taylor their “Woman of the Decade”. In January 2020, she released Miss Americana, a documentary directed by Lana Wilson that offered fans an unprecedented glimpse into Taylor’s everyday life and decision to speak up about politics, alongside “Only The Young”, a political track she wrote while recording Lover.
folklore & evermore – The Definite Quarantine Albums
Re-Recordings – Taylor's Version
In January 2022, New York University’s Clive Davis Institute introduced its first-ever course on Taylor. Taught by Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos, the class covered Taylor’s evolution as a creative music entrepreneur, the legacy of pop and country songwriters, discourses of youth and girlhood, and the politics of race in contemporary popular music. The course had a long waitlist. Afterwards, several other universites started offering courses focused on Taylor and her career. In March 2022, it was announced that Taylor would receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from New York University for her work and achievements as “one of the most prolific and celebrated artists of her generation.” She also served as the commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony of the Class of 2022 in May 2022.
At long last, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) finally arrived on July 7, 2023. The third release in Taylor’s series of rerecorded albums, this updated version of her third studio album flashes all the way back to 2010. Then, she was entering her twenties with her first entirely self-written record under her belt, a giant step that solidified the same legacy she’s attempting to protect by recording every album before Lover to gain control of her own master recordings. It worked, the third re-recording once again dominated the music charts worldwide.
|Name||Taylor Alison Swift|
|Born||December 13, 1989|
West Reading, Pennsylvania (USA)
|Other names||Nils Sjöberg|
|Family||Andrea Swift (mother)|
Scott Swift (father)
Austin Swift (brother)
Marjorie Finlay (grandmother)
Robert Finlay (grandfather)
Rose Baldi Swift (grandmother)
Archie Dean Swift (grandfather)