Who Is Taylor Swift?
Taylor Swift is one of America’s most popular country music singers and pop stars. Unlike many Nashville stars, she is also a singer-songwriter, writing many of her own hits singles.
With 4 Grammy Awards, 13 million albums and 28 million digital tracks sold, and a budding career as an actress (See How to Become an Actor for more information about becoming an actress.), this 20-year old blond beauty looks like she has staying power. In fact, Forbes Magazine ranked Taylor Swift as the 12th most powerful celebrity of 2010, with earnings around $45,000,000.
Taylor Swift Biography – Childhood and Early Career
In 2000 (at age 11), She traveled to Nashville and began to distribute demos of her music to every label in the city, but she received no attention. (See How to Get into the Music Business for advice on this subject.) She sang the National Anthem at the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament at age 14, which garnered her some national attention.
Taylor rejected an artist development deal with RCA Records at age 15, but soon after signed to become a staff songwriter for the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house. (See What Is Music Row? for more information about being a Nashville singer-songwriter.) She was eventually “discovered” by Scott Borchetta, who signed Taylor Swift at age 15 to his Big Machine Records, a new label. She began working on her debut album, Taylor Swift, and it was only a matter of time (2006) before she would become a blockbuster country star.
Taylor Swift Hit Singles, Songs, and Lyrics
Below is a list of her hit singles, which have driven sales of her albums and data files. Beside each song is where the single peaked on the relevant Billboard’s country songs chart.
- Tim McGraw (#6)
- Teardrops on My Guitar (#2)
- Our Song (#1)
- Picture to Burn (#3)
- Should’ve Said No (#1)
- Love Story (#4 on Hot 100)
- White Horse (#2)
- Jump Then Fall (#10)
- Forever & Always (#14)
- Untouchable (#19)
- The Other Sides of the Door (#22)
- Superstar (#27)
- Come in With the Rain (#30)
- Today Was a Fairytale (#2)
What makes the chart success of songs like Untouchable, The Other Side of the Door, Superstar, and Come in With the Rain is their charted success was not as released singles, at least at first. Several were re-released as singles, once their popularity was understood by Taylor Swift’s label.
Taylor Swift Boyfriends – Joe Jonas and Taylor Lautner
Taylor Swift had a highly publicized romance with Joe Jonas of the famous Jonas Brothers musical act, but that relationship ended in November of 2008. The song Forever & Always is considered a reference to the Joe Jonas relationship, and she claims many of her songs are autobiographical. In 2009, she began dating Taylor Lautner, who plays the werewolf in the Twilight movies. The two Taylors have since ended their relationship, but are said to remain friends.
Taylor Swift’s Third Album – Speak Now
Taylor Swift is putting the finishing touches on her third album, Speak Now. Swift released one track off the upcoming album, “Today Was a Fairytale”, as an iTunes digital download. The song became a sensation online, charting as Taylor Swift’s 6th Top 10 hit. At present, she has had 23 songs in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
No doubt, when Taylor Swift’s next album is released, she’ll begin adding to her list of accomplishments, awards, and world records. She already holds the record for most digital downloads in the first week after release, and this is bound to be eclipsed when her next single is released. You can expect millions of sales, a Grammy nomination or two, and the continued support of millions of fans.
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