Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the late 2000s, becoming one of the most popular pop music artists of her generation. Her music is characterized by elements of country, pop, and R&B. She has won many awards, including multiple Grammys, and has sold over 200 million albums worldwide.
In addition to her singing career, Swift has also acted in several films and television shows. She played the role of Audrey in the film version of The Lorax in 2012, and has appeared on numerous episodes of New Girl. In 2019, she starred as Bombalurina in the movie adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
She began her career in country music in 2006 with the release of her first album, Fearless. The album received critical acclaim, with the New York Times describing it as “a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift’s firm, pleading voice.” The album was a commercial success, charting at #1 on the US Billboard 200 and selling over 39,000 copies in its first week of release.
In 2008, she released her second studio album, Speak Now. The album debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 and was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The lead single, “Love Story”, peaked at #4 on the US Hot 100 chart. In 2010, she released her third studio album, Red, which became her most successful to date, reaching #3 on the US Billboard 200 and earning a Diamond certification from the RIAA. The album spawned three Top 10 singles, including the #1 hits “Blank Space” and “Shake It Off”.
On November 10, 2017, Swift released her eighth studio album, folklore, which debuted at #1 on the US Billboard200. The album was produced by longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff, as well as Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. It was Swift’s longest-running number one, spending eight non-consecutive weeks at the top of the chart.
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Swift has released a total of 61 singles, with the most popular being “Blank Space” and “Shake it Off”. In addition to her solo work, she has collaborated with other artists such as Ed Sheeran, Haim, The Civil Wars, and Pink. She has also made several appearances on television and in movies, such as the role of Roxie Hart in Mean Girls 2 (2000) and the voice of Audrey in the 2014 animated film The Lorax (2013).