Taylor Swift (born 13.12.1989)
Taylor Swift is an American Country-turned-Pop artist, who has earned seven Grammy Awards, twelve Billboard awards, eleven Country Music Association Awards and seven Academy of Country Music Awards as of January 2015.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Taylor Swift has a net worth of 200 million USD.
Childhood: Taylor Swift was born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania to Andrea and Scott Kingsley Swift. Swift began writing her own music at around the age of ten. She went on to perform some of these songs live at local karaoke contests, festivals and fairs, before compiling her own demo tape when she was eleven. Swift travelled to Nashville and began handing out the demo tape to receptionists on Nashville's Music Row, and despite many rejections, she was later chosen to sing the national anthem at the US Open tennis tournament. With the sudden growth of her potential career, the Swift family moved to Nashville entirely. Swift gave a performance at the Bluebird Café, which was seen by Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Records. He promptly signed Swift to the label.
Career: Taylor Swift released her debut single, 'Tim McGraw', on 19th June 2006 at the age of 16. The film reached the 40th spot on Billboard's Hottest 100, and the 6th spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart. Later in the same year, Taylor Swift released her self-titled debut studio album, which was released on 24th October 2006. The album received glowing reviews, and shot to the top of the Billboard Country Albums charts, as well as coming in at number five on Billboard's 200 list. The film went on to become double Platinum in the UK and 6x Platinum in the US. On 14th October 2007, Swift released 'Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection'. The EP received moderate results and topped the US Holiday Albums Charts, as well as reaching the 20th Spot on Billboard's 200 list. It was swiftly followed by a second EP, 'Beautiful Eyes', which was released on 15th July 2008. The EP topped the US Country Albums charts, as well as reaching the ninth spot on Billboard's 200 list. The EP was still on Billboard's 200 (admittedly at number 192) by the end of the year - almost six months later. On 11th November 2008, Taylor Swift released her second studio album, 'Fearless', which received glowing reviews and became her first chart topping album. As well as topping the Billboard 200 list in 2009, it was still in seventh position in 2010, and was still in the charts at number 88 in 2011, and was still in the charts at 126th position in 2012. This helped the album become 6x Platinum in the US and Australia, as well as being certified 9x Platinum in the Philippines. 'Fearless' was still in the Billboard charts when Taylor Swift released her third studio album, 'Speak Now'. The album was released on 25th October 2010. Again, the album received glowing reviews and topped 7 main albums charts, including Billboard's 200 and the US Country Music charts. The following year on 21st November 2011, Taylor Swift released her first live album from her world tour. 'Speak Now World Tour - Live' received moderate reviews, yet did not see as much success as the previous album. It still, however, reached the 11th spot on Billboard's 200 List. On 22nd October 2012, Taylor Swift released 'Red', her fourth studio album. It received strong reviews, and reached the top spot of ten major world album charts. It also became Swift's third album to remain at the top spot on Billboard's 200 list for six weeks, making Swift the first artist to achieve that in 43 years since The Beatles. Swift released her fifth studio album, '1989', on 27th October 2014. The album received strong reviews again and received very similar success and became the bestselling album in the US of 2014.
Personal Life: In July 2008, Taylor Swift dated Joe Jonas until they broke up in October 2008, when Swift began dating Taylor Lautner until December of the same year. Between late 2009 and early 2010, Swift was romantically linked to John Mayer. Between October and December 2010, Swift dated Jake Gyllenhaal, although they were seen together in January and February of 2011. Between July and September 2012, Swift dated Conor Kennedy, before dating One Direction singer Harry Styles between October 2012 and January 2013.
Three teenager’s lives were reportedly saved when they used their Taylor Swift concert wristbands to attract attention to their wrecked car.
Taylor Swift’s concert wristbands have helped save the life of three teenagers. One concertgoer and fan, Avery Talbot, wrote a lengthy post on Swift’s website and explained how the LED wristbands, given to concertgoers, had helped attract attention to three of her friends who were trapped in a car.
Taylor Swift's concert wristbands helped save lives!
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Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun are celebrating their fourth album reaching the top spot, following the slow-burning success of its predecessor 'Vessel'.
Indie pop duo Twenty One Pilots are celebrating their first ever US Number 1 album, after the group’s second major label record Blurryface entered at the top of the Billboard 200. It sold 146,000 copies in the week ending May 24th, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Of that figure, a solid 134,000 were direct album sales, a healthy indication of the recent resurgence in physical music purchasing. Blurryface is Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s fourth album in total, following their Fueled By Ramen debut Vessel back in 2013.
Twenty One Pilots score their first ever US Number 1 album
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A Montana high school teacher agreed with a student that if Tay calls him during a world history exam, the students won't have to take the test.
A high school in the town of Billings, Montana has made national news after a classroom video went viral, showing a teacher agreeing with his world history students that they will be exempt from their final exam this year if Taylor Swift calls him during the test.
Local news website KTVQ reports that a student named Ike Stoner came up with the terms of the deal, to which his teacher, Colter Pierce, agreed. They wrote up the deal on a whiteboard, shook hands and posted photos on Twitter and Facebook, which have since been shared and liked thousands of times.
A class of high school students are depending on Taylor Swift to get them out of an exam
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Swift took to the stage at Radio 1's Big Weekend in Norwich, just before headline act Foo Fighters - Grohl perhaps responded in this way out of guilt!
BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend witnessed an event that will probably never be seen again: Taylor Swift was not the headline act! The multi-million selling star took to the stage before Foo Fighters at Earlham Park in Norwich on Sunday evening.
Perhaps to mark this momentous event, the band’s lead singer Dave Grohl dedicated a number of songs during their set to her. Before ripping into ‘Congregation’, a track from their newest album Sonic Highways, Grohl revealed that the song was written in Nashville, which many will regard as Tay’s spiritual home despite her recent pop makeover.
Dave Grohl dedicated several Foo Fighters songs to Taylor Swift at Radio 1's Big Weekend
She performed I Will Never Let You Down, a former collaboration between her and ex Calvin Harris
Rita Ora told the crowd just what she thought of her song that almost didn't make it
First there was Calvin’s tweet explaining that the pair had gone their separate ways: a public revelation that Rita was reportedly not prepared for.
This week, The Killers frontman dominated the chart all on his own.
After taking over London in a series of gigs this week, Brandon Flowers has also conquered the UK Charts. His second solo album, The Desired Effect, now sits pretty at the top of the album chart. It was a close race between Flowers and fellow indie frontman Paul Weller, but eventually Flowers’ album finished 5,000 combined chart sales ahead of the rock veteran.
Flowers and his shiny jacket took over the UK charts this week.
Flowers played one date in Dublin and two at London’s O2 Academy in the past week. In the next few days, the tour will hit Edinburgh, Leeds and Birmingham.
Continue reading: This Week's Album Charts: Brandon Flowers, Paul Weller, Sam Smith
But there’s no stopping OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ in the single’s chart.
The Killers’ frontman Brandon Flowers has scored his second UK number one solo album after The Desired Effect went straight to the top of the charts this weekend. Flowers’ previous solo offering, Flamingo, took the top spot in 2010, while The Killers’ have scored four number one albums in their career so far.
Flowers has topped the UK album chart for the second time.
Flowers outsold his closet rival Paul Weller by just 5,000 sales with the Jam frontman’s Saturn’s Pattern entering in the number two spot. In the number three position was last weeks chart topper Mumford & Sons with Wilder Mind, which slipped two places, while Taylor Swift’s 1989 enjoyed its 30th week in the top 100 at the number four spot.
Continue reading: Brandon Flowers Tops UK Albums Chart With 'The Desired Effect'
Taylor Swift borrowed clothes from an L.A. sex shop for her 'Bad Blood' video.
Taylor Swift borrowed clothes from a sex shop for her 'Bad Blood' video. The 25-year-old singer reportedly borrowed more than $13, 000 in clothes from The Stockroom, an erotic boutique in Los Angeles. Although the majority of outfits were borrowed for the occasion, the star and her team kept around $5000 worth of clothing.
Taylor Swift's 'Bad Blood' video required $13,000 worth of sex shop clothing.
Sorry Nicki Minaj, there's a new sheriff in town.
Have you seen Taylor Swift’s video for Bad Blood already? Statistically speaking, if you’re on the internet, you probably have. The thing is everywhere. It’s already broken the record, specifically Vevo’s record for most views in a day.
Once again, Taylor Swift wins all the things.
The video first premiered at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 17) and since then, the internet (specifically Tumblr) has gone NUTS. Selena Gomez! Hayley Williams! Zendaya! Cara Delevingne! The explosions! The leather bodysuits! The GIFs!
Continue reading: Taylor Swift's New Video Receives Mad Love, Tops Vevo Record