The Ultimate Taylor Swift Page pays tribute to the biggest and most popular musical star of the 21st century. Some may question why a classic rock site includes so many articles about a young female pop artist from the 21st century. It’s a simple answer. There is no one artist that has infiltrated the lives of so many young people like Taylor Swift. She has had the same impact on so many young music fans in the past twenty years that the Beatles had on young music fans in the 1960s. History, no matter what subject your looking at continues on and on. Taylor Swift is a major part of the story. This Ultimate Taylor Swift pafe will present a brief history of who Taylor Swift is, where she came from and the roads she has traveled. It also includes links to all the Taylor Swift articles we have published including deep reviews of every one of her albums and the meaning behind her lyrics. All one has to do is click on the title page of the link to take you to the article.
Taylor Swift made her debut on the music scene in 2006 and has become one of the biggest stars in music. People have come and gone in music, but she has been able to sustain a successful career. She could have been a one-hit wonder, but she proved she had staying power in the business. Her successful albums, tours, and awards have helped her stay in the music business. She’s one of the few artists who have had consecutive number one albums. She’s also a crossover artist. She is successful as a country star as well as a pop star. Her resume is something that most people would kill to have. The history of Taylor Swift will look at her life and career. If you are a Swiftie (Taylor Swift fans) you probably already know a lot information about her. This article will give you a chance to look back on her career. If you are a casual listener, you may find yourself surprised by what you learn from reading about Taylor Swift’s history.
Taylor Swift Early Life
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989. She was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania. Her parents’ names are Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Gardner-Swift. Her father was a stockbroker while her mother was a homemaker. Taylor Swift has a brother named Austin Swift who is an actor. The singer got her name because her parents named her after legendary singer James Taylor. The country singer was destined for stardom because entertaining ran in her family. Her grandmother is opera singer and TV Personality Majorie Finlay. Taylor Swift went on to dedicate a song to her grandmother called “Marjorie” on her Evermore album.
When Taylor Swift was nine, she had dreams of becoming a singer. She performed in productions at Birks Youth Theatre Academy. The singer and actress used to travel to and from New York so she could get singing and acting lessons. She became interested in country music because of listening to Shania Twain. The diva performed at local festivals and events. She wanted to pursue a career in music after she saw a documentary about singer Faith Hill. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in music. She and her mother went to Nashville record labels and submitted demo tapes to them. Taylor Swift covered Dolly Parton and the Dixie Chicks songs. The labels turned her down because other people were recording the same type of music. The “Marjorie” singer refused to give up her dream of becoming a singer. She realized she needed to be different from other singers if she was going to make her dream come true.
A local musician named Ronni Cremer taught the singer how to play the guitar. He also taught her how to write songs. The lessons helped her write the song “Lucky You.” Taylor Swift and her parents began a relationship with a talent manager named Dan Dymtrow. He was able to help get her into modeling. She modeled for Abercrombie & Fitch. She got started with her songwriting early on when she wrote a song for a Maybelline compilation album. This led to her being able to have meetings with major record labels. Taylor Swift would go on to sing songs at an RCA Records Showcase. When she was 13 she got lucky. She received an artist development deal. Taylor Swift and her family moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee when she was 14 so she could pursue her country music career. She was signed to Sony/ATV at 14. She was the youngest person at the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house. She didn’t stay there long because the other artists weren’t being treated well.
A Star Is Born & Eponymous Album
While she was performing at a venue in 2005, she met the man who would change her life. She met Scott Borchetta. He was so impressed by what he saw that he signed her to Big Machine Records. Her father invested in her career by purchasing some stake in the company. The singer started working on her first album with producer Nathan Chapman. Taylor Swift wrote all the songs on her eponymous album. Taylor Swift liked to write about real relationships. They weren’t all necessarily her relationships, but she drew from personal experiences. She would go on to write this way for the rest of her career.
She released her first single “Tim McGraw” in the summer of 2006. The single became an instant hit on the Billboard Country charts. The album was released in the fall of 2006. The album peaked at number five on the Billboard Top 200 Album charts. The album spent an astonishing 157 weeks on the charts. It made history by being one of the longest staying albums on the charts in the decade of the 2000s. She would become the first female country artist to write every single on a successful album.
Taylor Swift released four other singles between 2007 – 2008. She released “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “Our Song,” “Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No.” “Our Song” and “Should’ve Said No” were number one singles. “Our Song” made her the youngest artist to write a number one song on the country charts. While she was promoting the album, she went on tour with Rascal Flatts. She was the opening act for the country band. Her eponymous album went platinum in 2007. The singer won several awards for her debut album.
Fearless, Kanye West Feud & Acting Debut
In the fall of 2008, Taylor Swift released her second studio album Fearless. Taylor Swift began to appeal to mainstream audiences and this album was proof of that. She sold 500,000 copies in her first week. Fearless peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. The album was number one for weeks. It was one of the longest albums spent at number one in the 2000s decade. Fearless holds the record for spending the most weeks at number one for a country singer. All the tracks on the album appeared on the Hot 100 charts. The singles that were released from the album were “Love Story,” “White Horse,” “You Belong with Me,” “Fifteen” and “Fearless.”
The album sold over three million copies in 2009. Fearless was the best-selling album of the year. She was the youngest artist and female country singer to have a best-selling album that year. The album spent 58 weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 charts. Fearless was one of the most awarded country albums. If there was an award out, Taylor Swift probably won it for this album. This album helped launch her into mainstream status. In April 2009, Taylor Swift went on tour to promote the album. It was the first time she headlined a tour. The tour made $66.5 million.
In 2009, Taylor Swift was on a career-high when she dealt with an unexpected controversy. Taylor Swift was at the MTV awards and accepted an award for best female video for ”You Belong With Me.” Rapper Kanye West interrupted her speech because he was angry that Beyonce didn’t win the award. She was shocked at his behavior. She couldn’t finish her speech. This wasn’t the attention she was seeking, but it helped her get attention from the public. People who weren’t familiar with her music were aware of her presence. Kanye West ended up apologizing to the singer privately and publicly. Taylor Swift and Kanye West would go on to have more feuds later.
In the fall of 2009, Taylor Swift appeared on the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She didn’t play herself or a singer. She had the chance to stretch her acting chops. She played a troubled teen. In the same year, she performed and hosted Saturday Night Live. She did what no other host did at the time. She wrote her opening monologue. In 2010, she made her movie debut in Valentine’s Day. She wrote songs for the movie’s soundtrack.
Speak Now & Red
In 2010, Speak Now was released. This album was different from her other albums. Speak Now was a concept album that was a peek into her personal life. She hinted at the relationships she had in her life. The album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 charts. The album sold one million copies during the first week of release. The album also became one of the fastest selling digital albums by a female artist. The album had 278,000 downloads in one week. She ended up in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the most downloads in a single week. The singles for this album were “Mine,” “Back to December,” “Mean,” “The Story of Us,” “Sparks Fly” and “Ours.” All the singles from the album were in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 charts. The album sold over four million copies. Taylor Swift won awards for this album. She went on the Speak Now Tour from February 2011 – March 2012. The tour made over $123 million. The hitmaker released a live album of the Speak Now Tour. During this time, she recorded two original songs for the Hunger Games Soundtrack. “Safe & Sound” won a Grammy award.
In 2012, Taylor Swift continued with her acting career by lending her voice in the animated film The Lorax. Also in 2012, Taylor Swift released the album Red. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. The album spent seven weeks at number one. She was the first female artist to have multiple consecutive albums spend several weeks at number one. It sold 1.2 million copies in its first week. Red was similar to Speak Now. She touched on her previous relationships. Fans were curious to know who she was talking about in her songs. She hinted at what was going on with the people she dated in her songs. The singer/actress wanted to record a country/pop album. The album features the singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” “Begin Again,” “I Knew You Were Trouble,” “22,” “Red,” “Everything Has Changed” and “The Last Time.” Taylor Swift received awards for this album. Red sold over four million copies. Taylor Swift supported the album by doing the Red Tour in 2013. The tour grossed over $150 million. It’s the highest grossing tour for a country artist.
Giving Back to the Community
Taylor Swift has a big heart which doesn’t get talked about as much as her social life. Taylor Swift has done a lot for people. In 2007, she helped stop online predators from going after children. In 2008, the singer donated $100,000 to the Red Cross. She helped with the people who suffering from the Iowa floods. She performed at various charity events. In 2010, Taylor Swift donated $500,000 to the people suffering from the Tennessee floods. In 2011, she raised over $750,000 for the victims of tornados in the United States. In the same year, she donated to St. Jude’s Research Hospital in Tennessee.
In 2012, the singer/actress funded the Taylor Swift Education Center in Nashville. The center has a lab and classes and exhibits for children. She wrote a song for Stand Up to Cancer during the same year. In 2016, she donated $1 million to Louisiana flood relief efforts. During the same year, the singer donated $100,000 to the Dolly Parton Fire Fund. In 2017, Taylor Swift donated to the Houston Food Bank after they were hit with Hurricane Harvey. In 2018 and 2021, she donated to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network for sexual assault awareness and prevention month. In 2020, the singer donated $1 million to the Tennessee tornado relief. She would go on to donate to several other charities.
1989 & Reputation
In 2014, 1989 was released. The singer wanted to move away from her country roots and record pop music. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. The album sold over 1.2 million copies in its first week. The album spent 11 weeks at number one. It features the singles “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” “Style,” “Bad Blood,” “Wildest Dreams,” “Out of the Woods” and “New Romantics.” The album sold over six million copies. The album won several awards. In 2014, Taylor Swift appeared in the movie The Giver. She had a supporting role in the movie. The singer went on a 1989 world tour in 2015. The tour made over $250 million.
The singer took a break from recording until she released Reputation in 2017. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. The album sold over one million copies in the first week. The album was number one for four weeks. Reputation was about the gossip she faced and finding love. The album features the singles “Look What You Made Me Do,” “…Ready for It?,” “End Game,” “New Year’s Day,” “Delicate” and “Getaway Car.” She won awards for the album. Reputation sold over three million copies. Taylor Swift: Reputation Stadium Tour occurred in 2018. The tour made $345 million. It was one of the highest grossing female concert tours of all time.
Lover, Folklore & Evermore
In 2019, The “Shake It Off” singer released Lover. The album sold 867,000 copies during its first week. All the tracks on this album appeared on the Hot 100 charts. The album features the singles “Me!,” “You Need to Calm Down,” “Lover” and “The Man.” The album won awards. The album sold over three million copies. In the same year, the singer and actress appeared in another movie. She had a role in the movie Cats.
In 2020, Taylor Swift appeared in Miss Americana. The documentary is about her life and career. She released the documentary ahead of her next project. Taylor Swift released two albums during the pandemic. Folklore came out in July 2020. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. The album sold 846,000 copies during its first week. The album was number one for eight weeks. The album features the singles “Cardigan,” “Exile” and “Betty.” The album sold over two million copies. The album won awards including a Grammy.
In December 2020, the “Bad Blood” singer released Evermore. The album debuted at number one selling 329,000 copies. All the songs on this album charted on the Hot 100 charts. It features the singles “Willow,” “Nobody, No Crime” and “Coney Island.” The album sold over one million copies. In 2021, Taylor Swift wrote and directed the short film All Too Well: The Short Film. The movie is a romantic drama based on her song by the same title.
Amsterdam & Midnights
In 2022, Taylor Swift appeared in the movie Amsterdam. Also in 2022, she released Midnights. The album is another personal project. The album peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 charts. This is her ninth consecutive number one album. The album sold an amazing 1.5 million copies during its first week. Ten of her songs appeared on the Hot 100 charts in the same week.
Taylor Swift is known for her personal just as much as she’s known for her music. She has been linked with quite a few men in Hollywood. She dated Brandon Borello (2005), Sam Armstrong (2006), singer Joe Jonas (2008), actor Lucas Till (2009), singer/songwriter John Mayer (2009), actor Taylor Launter (2009), actor Toby Hemmingway (2010), actor Jake Gyllenhaal (2010), actor Cory Monteith (2010), social activist Conor Kennedy (2012), singer/actor Harry Styles (2012 – 2013), DJ Calvin Harris (2015 – 2016), actor Tom Hiddleston (2016), actor Joe Alwyn (2017 – Present).
Feuds & Controversies
Taylor Swift had success in her career, but unfortunately, with the good came the bad. She had to deal with feuds with celebrities as well as her producers. Around 2013, Taylor Swift and singer Katy Perry were involved in a heated feud. According to reports, their feud was started over background dancers. Katy Perry hired three people to dance for her California Dreams Tour in 2011. Taylor Swift wanted the same dancers for her Red Tour in 2013. The dancers weren’t obligated to work with Katy Perry anymore because her tour ended in 2012. Taylor Swift wanted the dancers for her tour.
The dancers left in the middle of Taylor Swift’s tour to join Katy Perry on her Prismatic Tour in 2014. Taylor Swift’s tour ended in June of that year while Katy Perry’s started in May of that year. Taylor Swift accused Katy Perry of trying to ruin her tour. Taylor Swift made a statement about what happened between the singers. She was surprised that Katy Perry would do something like that to her. She wasn’t sure if they were friends or not, but she was shocked that a business decision was the issue between them. Taylor Swift’s song “Bad Blood” was rumored to be about Katy Perry. Taylor Swift never confirmed this rumor. Katy Perry spoke about the incident. She talked about trying to reach out to Taylor Swift, but she ignored her. She was upset that Taylor Swift wrote a song about her instead of reaching out to her. Things continued to happen between the singers before they finally buried the hatchet.
In 2016, Taylor Swift and Kanye West were involved in another feud. Kanye West released the single “Famous.” He claimed that they might have sex because he helped put Taylor Swift on the map. He referred to her as the b-word in the song. She was appalled that he disrespected her in that way. He received backlash for the song. Taylor Swift’s friends defended her after the incident. Taylor Swift won an award a week after the song was released. Taylor Swift won a Grammy and indirectly mentioned the song. The singer mentioned people taking credit for your fame or accomplishments.
Kim Kardashian defended her then husband Kanye West. She said Taylor Swift approved of the song coming out. She said Kanye West talked to the singer prior to releasing the single. Taylor Swift’s spokesperson released a statement denying Kim Kardashian’s claim. Kim Kardashian released a recording of Kanye West and Taylor Swift’s conversation about the single. Taylor Swift can be heard praising Kanye West for the song. He thanked her for being fine with him releasing the single. Taylor Swift was glad to be told about the song. She thought it would be good to be able to fool the press and let them know that she knew about the song. Taylor Swift demanded to know where the proof was that she was okay with Kanye West referring to her as the b-word. She admits that she knew about the song, but didn’t know about the line. She wanted to be supportive of him because she wanted to be friends with him. She never heard the song so she couldn’t approve of the line. She hinted at the feud through her music. She wanted to move on from the feud with Kanye West.
Things didn’t go the way she hoped in 2017. She was involved in a lawsuit. She was involved in a trial against radio personality David Mueller. She testified against him because he was accused of touching her inappropriately. He denied the accusation and said it ruined his career. He sued Taylor Swift, her mother and a promoter for the accusation. She countersued him claiming that he did touch her. Taylor Swift won the case and released the single “Look What You Made Me Do” which was possibly about the trial.
In 2018, the “Mine” singer left her label and signed with Republic Records. Her former label was sold to talent manager Scooter Braun. The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer wasn’t happy about the sale of the label. She wanted Scott Borchetta to sell her the masters to her songs. She felt betrayed when rejected her offer to buy her masters. Scott Borchetta sold the masters to Scooter Braun. She tried to work out an arrangement with Scooter Braun, but he sold her masters to an investment firm in 2020. This led her to rerelease some of her previous albums so she could gain control of her music. She wanted to get licensing deals for the new recordings of her songs and not the original versions of them. In 2021, The singer rereleased Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version). Taylor Swift was able to overcome the obstacles and continue her successful career.
Fun Taylor Swift Trivia
# – Taylor Swift loves to watch mysteries and true crime shows. She adds little plots in her songs that are similar to movies.
# – The singer is mezzo- soprano vocalist.
# – The diva places Easter Eggs in her songs giving listeners clues about the identities of the men in her songs.
# – The talented singer can play multiple instruments.
# – The “Blank Space” singer has over 600 award nominations.
# – Taylor Swift has a big car collection.
# – Her favorite color is red.
#- She launched a perfume in 2010.
# – The number 13 is her lucky number.
# – The “Ours” singer is 5’10 inches tall.
Taylor Swift Album Reviews
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Debut Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Fearless Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Speak Now Album
Real Meanings Behind Each Song On Taylor Swift’s Red Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s 1989 Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Reputation Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Lover Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Folklore Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Evermore Album
Real Meanings Behind The Songs On Taylor Swift’s Midnights Album
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