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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 2015, Taylor Swift has a net worth of 280 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. Swift's most recent relationship as of 2015 is with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris in June the couple were announced by Forbes as the highest paid celebrity couple over the past year with a combined earnings of over $146 million.
The week's music news rounded up, including Queen breaking a streaming record, Taylor Swift using facial recognition tech, and Kanye reaching out to Bob Dylan.
KANYE AND BOB DYLAN COLLABORATION?
In what must be the most unlikely prospective musical alliance in pop history, Kanye West has reached out to none other than legendary songwriter Bob Dylan to ask for a collaboration.
Finding time in his schedule between posting pictures of trees and reigniting his on/off feud with Drake, Kanye took to Twitter to ask Dylan to work together on something unspecified.
The gig at the Rose Bowl back in May saw software being used to weed out Swift's legions of stalkers.
Taylor Swift’s concert at the Rose Bowl in California earlier this year was monitored by a facial recognition system, designed to filter out and bar entry to her many stalkers, it has been revealed.
According to Rolling Stone, which spoke to a concert security expert who worked with the system for the gig back in May, the facial recognition software was built into a kiosk that was displaying recorded highlights of Swift’s rehearsals.
Attendees who looked at the kiosk were secretly scanned by the software, with the data being relayed to a centre in Nashville, Tennessee that matched the hundreds of images with a database of known stalkers that ranges into the hundreds.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Used Facial Recognition Technology At California Gig
That bizarre rumour from last summer that Swift travels IN A SUITCASE to avoid the press might have been given some credence.
Yes, if you cast your mind back to the summer of 2017, there was a faintly ridiculous rumour put about after Splash magazine shared a photograph of bodyguards carrying suitcases from Swift’s New York home, with the caption:
“Taylor Swift has been reportedly being transported in a huge suitcase from her Tribeca apartment into her truck. A fleet of cars including two large Cadillacs and three SUVs arrive at Tailor Swift's apartment in Tribeca to move a large suitcase from apartment to truck. Almost a dozen of Taylor Swift security guards were present to move this package carefully as Taylor Swift remains to be unseen for a long time.”
Continue reading: Zayn Malik Apparently Confirms Taylor Swift Suitcase Theory
The boyfriend of the superstar hitmaker has said her speaking up about politics is 'important'
Taylor Swift and her boyfriends have, in the past, been in the news for hook-ups, break-ups, lyrics and awkward t-shirts but now her current British beau, Joe Alwyn, has been in the news in praise of his superstar partner's revealation she will be voting for her Democrat senator.
Joe Alwyn and Taylor Swift have been quietly dating for over a year
The 27-year-old actor has praised his girlfriend for her recent social media posts, in which she endorsed two Democratic candidates and encouraged her followers to vote early, despite her previously never airing any political views.
Continue reading: Joe Alwyn Has Come Out In Support Of His Girlfriend Taylor Swift
Swift spoke out again on politics at the AMAs, encouraging her fans to vote in November's mid-terms.
Taylor Swift continued to exercise her new-found political outspokenness by urging Americans to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections, as she broke records at the American Music Awards last night.
Swift, receiving the award for artist of the year at Wednesday night’s awards ceremony (October 9th), used her platform to exhort viewers and her fans to register to take part to vote in the 2018 mid-term American elections, coming up in less than a month.
“Thank you so much for this. And I just wanted to make a mention of the fact that this award, and every single award given out tonight, were voted on by the people. And you know what else is voted on by the people? The midterm elections on 6th November. Get out and vote – I love you guys.”
Taylor Swift at the 2018 American Music Awards held at Microsoft Theater in LA. Leading this year's winners were Taylor Swift and Camila Cabello - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 9th October 2018
She appears to have encourage thousands to register to vote in the midterm elections.
Those who thought that it wasn't important celebrities got involved in politics are being proven wrong now that Taylor Swift has opened up about her own values. It seems her pro-Democrat statement recently has caused a spike in voting registrations in her home state of Tennessee as well as nationwide.
Taylor Swift on her 'Reputation' stadium tour
On Sunday (October 7th 2018), the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram of her support for Democrats Phil Bredesen for Senate in Tennessee and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives ahead of the midterm elections on November 6th, and publicly slammed the policies of Marsha Blackburn.
Continue reading: Voting Spike Proves Taylor Swift Is An Important Political Voice
She reveals who she's voting for in the midterm elections.
More than three months after Taylor Swift was criticised by Trent Reznor for remaining silent on political issues, the Grammy winning singer has decided to finally open up about her political affiliations ahead of the midterm elections next month, as well as encouraging her fans to vote no matter who they support.
Taylor Swift on her 'Reputation' stadium tour
The 28-year-old has taken to Instagram to reveal who she plans to vote for in the forthcoming elections in Tennessee. While her political values come as no surprise to her followers, it is refreshing for the sake of her fans to see her finally being public with her beliefs.
Continue reading: Taylor Swift Finally Goes Public With Her Political Values
Swift and Sheeran went out hiking together this week, with Taylor capturing their adorable friendship on Instagram.
In the clip posted on Wednesday (September 12th), Swift could be seen giggling as she filmed her best friend Ed puffing out of breath behind her while they were out hiking outside Taylor’s home city of Nashville.
“You okay, bro?” she eventually teases Sheeran, which resulted in the worn-out English singer flipping the bird at the camera, leaving Swift laughing.
Continue reading: The Internet Loves Taylor Swift And Ed Sheeran's Cute Friendship
The group are quickly becoming worldwide phenomenons.
Looks like South Korean pop artists are breaking records once again as K-Pop group BTS overtake Taylor Swift with the most-watched video in one day. 'Idol' has gained more than 45 million views on YouTube in just 24 hours, surpassing 'Look What You Made Me Do' by at least 2 million.
BTS at Billboard Music Awards
The band are also breaking their own records with their highest one-day viewing record for a video previously being 35.9 million for 'Fake Love' earlier this year. The viewing count for 'Idol' is currently at 101 million since it premiere on Friday (August 24th 2019).
Continue reading: BTS Have Easily Beaten Taylor Swift's 24-Hour Video Views Record
A film adaptation of 'Cats' shoots this Fall.
Finally, after 37 years, Andrew Lloyd Webber's beloved musical 'Cats' is getting a musical film, and the recently announced all-star cast is enough to get us very excited about it. The only thing that would make this better right now would be to learn that Lin-Manuel Miranda was joining - but there is hope yet.
Ever since the 2014 revival, there has been renewed interest in this fascinating production and the movie version is almost guaranteed to be a hit. 'Cats' is set to start shooting in November this year with an experienced cast that really couldn't get much better.
Taylor Swift on the red carpet at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This year's winners included Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 20th May 2018
Taylor Swift performing at iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2017 at The Madison Square Garden. Performers also included the likes of Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello, The Chainsmokers, Sam Smith and Niall Horan - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 8th December 2017
Date of birth
13th December, 1989
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