Taylor Swift, born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, is a singer-songwriter who has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide. She has also earned numerous awards and nominations. She is known for her unique style of singing and her use of social media to promote her music.
She began writing songs at age nine and signed with Sony/ATV Music Publishing at the age of 14. In 2006, she released her debut album ‘Taylor Swift’. She has since released eight studio albums and has won many awards and nominations.
Her albums Fearless (2008) and Speak Now (2010) were both successful. The former’s singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me” were a hit on both country and pop radio.
On her fourth album, Red (2012), she continued to explore a variety of genres, including pop and rock, but still remained true to her country roots. This album featured collaborations with artists such as Bon Iver and Jack Antonoff.
The album was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the best-selling albums of 2012 and spawning three Billboard 200 top-10 hits. The lead singles “Love Story” and “You’re Not the Only One” were certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Throughout her career, she has been featured in various TV shows and movies. She co-wrote a song with the Civil Wars for The Hunger Games soundtrack and received a Grammy nomination for it. She also starred as Bombalurina in the musical Cats.
Her first album, ‘Taylor Swift’ was released in 2006. It became a massive success and has been nominated for multiple awards. She has won the Academy of Country Music’s award for Entertainer of the Year, the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocalist and the Billboard Music Awards’ Artist of the Year award.
In addition to her music, she is a social activist and has made efforts to protect children from online predators. She has partnered with organisations such as PETA, UNICEF and Cancer Research Institute. She has been a guest speaker at various schools and colleges in the US.
She has received several awards and nominations from the Billboard Music Awards, the AMA Awards and the ARIA Awards. She has won the AMA’s Female Artist of the Year, and has received five Grammy Awards in total.
Taylor Swift has appeared on television and radio programmes such as The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Good Morning America, The View and The Late Show with David Letterman. She has also performed live at musical tours such as Fearless Tour (2009-2010), Speak Now World Tour (2011), The Red Tour (2013) and The 1989 World Tour (2015).
After a successful stint on the road, Taylor Swift announced that she would be recording a new album in 2020. She had previously stated that she wanted to take a break from touring in order to work on her album.
The release of her ninth album, evermore on December 10 2020 marked the first time that Swift has debuted at the top of both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts simultaneously. Her sister album, folklore, had also debuted atop of the charts in 2021.