Taylor Swift is an American pop and country music singer-songwriter who has been one of the most successful artists of the 2010s. She has sold over 50 million albums worldwide and is the best-selling female musician of all time. She has also won an Emmy Award, 11 Grammy Awards, and six Guinness World Records.
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in West Reading, Pennsylvania. She is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Her parents are Andrea (Finlay) Swift, a marketing executive, and Scott Kingsley Swift, a financial adviser.
Throughout her career, Taylor Swift has been known for writing songs that focus on her personal life. She has garnered a large following and was named one of the most influential women in music by Rolling Stone magazine in 2010.
She released her first studio album, “Taylor Swift”, in October 2006. It received generally positive reviews from critics. She is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has performed on several television shows.
Her third album, “Speak Now”, was released in 2009. It was a commercial success and became the most downloaded country album of all time. It reached the top 5 in the United States and Canada, and earned her a number of awards including the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and two Academy of Country Music Awards for Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year.
Why It’s Era-Defining: The era of “Style” was the one where Swift started to look more grown-up, and this track, with its driving synths and adult lyrics, was tailor-made to match her. The song tells the story of an on-and-off couple that can’t seem to stay together for good.
Ideal Live Guest: This song would be a hit with a young country star who has a smooth croon and could handle the solo saxophone part in the chorus. Those harmonies are flawless, too.
Why It’s Era-Defining: On this track, Swift demonstrates her ability to call out haters and show that they’re not always right. It’s a lesson she learned the hard way, but it is also an important one to remember.
Throughout her career, Taylor has had a series of controversies and public feuds. She has also faced legal issues regarding her intellectual property rights, including an ownership dispute with her former label Big Machine Records and manager Scooter Braun.
Her eighth studio album, folklore, was released on July 23, 2020 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It featured collaborations with Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver.
The album’s lead single, “Cardigan,” was a huge success and was her first to debut at the top of both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts. The album was certified platinum by the RIAA and has spawned multiple singles and videos, making it one of the most successful albums of all time.
Her ninth album, evermore, was released on December 11, 2020 and features collaborations with The National, HAIM and Bon Iver. It was also certified platinum by the RIAA and has debuted at the top of both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100. It is the first album of its kind to debut atop both charts simultaneously.