Taylor Swift Biography, Age, Facts, Boyfriend, Net Worth, Albums, Music, Awards

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Taylor Swift is a Grammy award-winning American singer, known for her back-to-back hit albums and songs like Blank Space, Love Story, Shake It Off, and more.

Quick Facts about Taylor Swift

Full Name: Taylor Alison Swift

Birthday: December 13, 1989 (31 years old)

Place of Birth: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

Height: 5′ 10″ (178 cm)

Popular as: Singer

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Who is Taylor Swift?

Taylor Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, known for her contributions to the world of pop and country music.

She was only 16 when she released her debut album, and it’s only been onwards and upwards for her since then. Given her musical talent, Swift is often compared to legends like Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson. Not only is Taylor a gifted singer, but she can also play instruments like the guitar, piano, ukulele, and banjo.

Swift’s journey to becoming a renowned music icon began well during her childhood days.

Early Life & Childhood

Taylor Swift was born in Pennsylvania, USA, to Andrea Gardner Swift, a homemaker, and Scott Kingsley Swift, a financial advisor. She has a younger brother, Austin Swift, who is an actor/photographer.

Her grandmother was a professional opera singer, and little did anyone know that Taylor would take inspiration from her and follow in her footsteps.

Taylor spent her childhood years on her family’s Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania — they moved to Wyomissing when she was nine years old. She attended West Reading Elementary Center and Wyomissing Area Junior/Senior High School. 

Around this age, Taylor developed an interest in musical theatre. She joined the Berks Youth Theatre Academy and performed in productions like Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music, etc.

Traveling to New York for singing and acting lessons became a routine part of her life. By the age of 11, she had participated in several local talent competitions and fairs — even winning one for her performance of Big Deal.

By 12, she started learning the guitar, writing songs, and her interest in country music blossomed. She often visited Nashville, Tennessee – the capital of country music.

Career

Seeing her passion and interest, her family decided to move to Tennessee. By the time she was 14, Taylor had landed an artist development deal with RCA Records. But she soon left the label — they wanted her to record the work of other songwriters and wait till she was 18 to release her own album. Taylor, on the other hand, felt ready to launch her career with her own material.

A performance at The Bluebird Café in Nashville changed Taylor Swift’s life. Scott Borchetta, who was on the verge of starting his own record label, Big Machine Records, noticed her and offered her a contract.

Taylor released her first single, Tim McGraw, in 2006 — when she was just 16. It became a hit on country music charts.

The song was a part of her self-titled debut album, which she released in October of that year. The album too received positive reviews from critics. It included songs like Teardrops on My Guitar, Should’ve Said No, and Our Song — the latter made her the youngest solo writer and singer of a No. 1 country song.

Taylor Swift Albums

Fearless (2008)

Taylor Swift’s second album came in 2008. It included hit numbers like Love Story and You Belong With Me — songs for which Taylor is still remembered.

The former became the second best-selling country single of all time, reaching No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the latter peaked at No. 2 on the chart. Moreover, the album landed the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

Taylor was the highest-selling country artist of 2008. And with Fearless, she became the youngest artist to win a Grammy.

Kanye West feud at the Video Music Awards 2009

Taylor Swift was on an award-winning spree after the release of Fearless. She won Best Female Video for You Belong With Me at the MTV Video Music Awards 2009 — becoming the first country music artist to win a VMA.

Rapper Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech — he leaped to the stage, took over the microphone to say that Beyonce deserved the award better.

Later in the show, as Beyonce was accepting an award, she called Taylor on stage to finish her speech. This gesture inspired a standing ovation from the crowd.

But Kanye’s move led to a long feud between him and Taylor. He went on to defame her in his song Famous and his now-estranged wife Kim Kardashian also got involved in the fight in between.

Speak Now (2010)

Basking in the glory of her success, Taylor released her third album, Speak Now, in October 2010. She wrote all of the songs on the album. It debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than a million copies in the first week itself.

Red (2012) & 1989 (2014)

In 2012 came Red, which included hit singles like We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (which became her first No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart), I Knew You Were Trouble, and 22. The album was a chart-topper around the world.

This was followed by 1989, which also received rave reviews and further established Taylor Swift as a music icon. It featured songs like Shake It Off, Bad Blood, and Blank Space and marked a subtle change in Taylor’s music style.

The two albums won her more Grammys.

Reputation (2017)

This was Swift’s fourth straight album to reach No. 1 at the Billboard 200. It became the best-selling album of 2017 by a female artist.

Following the release of Reputation, Swift left Big Machine Records, signing with Republic Records in 2018.

Lover (2019)

Lover was a bright and fun album that again strengthened Swift’s footing in the music industry. It became the best-selling album of the year by a solo artist and made Swift the world’s best-selling musician of 2019.

Feud with Scooter Braun

In 2019, Taylor Swift learned that her very first label, which owned the master recordings of her first six albums, had been sold to Scooter Braun. Taylor did not support the deal, claiming that Borchetta had denied her ownership of her recordings and her experience with Braun wasn’t good either.

“Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy,” she claimed on social media. “Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.” 

Taylor’s team negotiated with Braun to regain ownership of her master tapes but to no avail. The songstress then decided she would re-record her old music.

She released her first song, Love Story (Taylor’s Version) in February 2021. She eventually released the entire re-recorded Fearless album. The next album that is coming out is Red.

Folklore (2020) & Evermore (2020)

In July 2020, Taylor Swift surprise-released her quarantine album, Folklore, which broke many records. Then, just a few months later, she released her ninth studio album, Evermore, in December 2020.

The albums showed the world just how skilled Taylor is, as a singer and a songwriter. She picked up the Grammy for Album of the Year for Folklore — becoming the only female solo artist to win this award thrice.

Awards & Achievements

Taylor Swift has won many coveted awards over the years and continues to dominate the music scene. She’s netted 12 Grammys, more than 20 Billboard Music Awards and American Music Awards, 2 Brit Awards, and even 1 Primetime Emmy Award.

Some of her most notable achievements are:

  • Brit Award for Global Icon (2021)
  • Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist (2021, 2018, 2015)
  • Grammy Award for Album of the Year (2021, 2016, 2010)
  • Apple Music Award for Songwriter of the Year (2020)
  • American Music Award for Artist of the Decade (2019)
  • American Music Award for Artist of the Year (2020, 2019, 2018, 2013, 2011, 2009)
  • Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album (2016)
  • BBC Music Award for International Artist of the Year (2015)
  • American Country Award for Worldwide Artist (2013)
  • Academy of Country Music Award for Album of the Year (2009)
  • American Music Award for Favorite Country Female Artist (2008)

Movies & Shows

Besides creating a name for herself in the music industry, Taylor Swift has also ventured into acting a few times. Her debut came with her role as Haley Jones in a 2009 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Then, she starred in the 2010 film Valentine’s Day.

She also made a cameo appearance in Hannah Montana: The Movie, which came out in 2010. Then came a voice role in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. She also appeared in a 2013 episode of New Girl.

In 2014, she starred in The Giver, and in 2019, she appeared in Cats, a film adaptation of the musical of the same name. Taylor Swift’s documentary Miss Americana came out in 2020.

Personal Life & Family

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn

Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn began dating around October 2016 and have been going strong ever since. They reportedly met at the Met Gala which happened in May that year — but Taylor was dating Calvin Harris at the time.

So, it remains unclear when the two exactly met and they’ve kept their romance very low-key. The couple reportedly quarantined together during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alwyn even helped Swift co-write Exile and Betty from Folklore. He was credited under the pseudonym, William Bowery.

During her acceptance speech at the Grammys this year, Taylor made sure to thank Joe. She said, “Joe, who is the first person that I play every single song that I write, and I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine.”

It later became known that he had also co-produced some songs of the album. Well, a couple that works together, stays together!

Past relationships

Taylor Swift has been in many public relationships over the years. Here are some that made a lot of headlines.

Taylor Swift and Joe Jonas

Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift dated from July to October 2008. Although short-lived, this was Taylor’s first public relationship.

What pushed their relationship into the public eye further was how he ended things with her — over a 27-second call.

Taylor vented out all her feelings towards Joe in songs like Last Kiss and Forever and Always. But everything’s cool between the exes now.

In early 2009, Taylor dated Lucas Till, who appeared in the music video for You Belong With Me. In August of that year, she began dating Taylor Lautner, after they worked together in Valentine’s Day. Fans called them “Taylor Squared” — and that’s one of the most creative ship names ever.

The song Back to December from Speak Now was reportedly about the Twilight star, with lyrics like “tan skin” and “sweet smile.”

Taylor Swift and John Mayer

After Taylor Lautner, Swift was romantically linked to John Mayer — after the two collaborated on his song Half of My Heart. When they began dating, Swift was 19 and Mayer was 32.

The two parted ways within three months of dating. Taylor’s Dear John was apparently about the singer and the lyrics were not so subtle.

Mayer wasn’t too pleased with it. “It made me feel terrible because I didn’t deserve it,” he told Rolling Stone in a 2012 interview. “I’m pretty good at taking accountability now, and I never did anything to deserve that. It was a really lousy thing for her to do.”

Following Mayer, Taylor dated Jake Gyllenhaal for some months.

Taylor Swift and Harry Styles

This relationship of Taylor again caught a lot of public attention, even though they only dated for a month — from December 2012 to January 2013. Harry Styles still reportedly encouraged one of Taylor’s biggest hits, I Knew You Were Trouble.

After Harry, Taylor’s next major relationship was with Calvin Harris. They dated from March 2015 to June 2016.

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston

Just two weeks after her breakup with Calvin Harris, Taylor was spotted kissing Tom Hiddleston. They seemed to be quite in love — he once stepped out wearing a white “I <3 TS” tank. But they broke up just three months into the relationship.

The two reportedly parted ways because the actor was a little public about their romance — which Taylor was not comfortable with.

Even after their breakup, Tom was all praise for her. “Taylor is an amazing woman,” he said in an interview with GQ in early 2017. “She’s generous and kind and lovely, and we had the best time.”

Speaking about their relationship, he said, “Of course it was real.”

Taylor Swift Net worth

Taylor Swift’s net worth is a massive $400 million, and she makes around $150 million every year — thanks to her music and various brand deals.

Album sales, merchandise, endorsements, and tours form the major chunk of the singer’s income.

As per Celebrity Net Worth, Taylor Swift earned $170 million between June 2015 and June 2016 alone — given the wildly successful 1989 tour. It was touted as the highest-grossing tour of that year.

From 2018 to 2019, she earned a whopping $185 million. And from 2019 to 2020, she earned $64 million.

The brands she has worked for over the years include CoverGirl, Diet Coke, Walmart, Apple Music, Target, and more.

That’s not it. Taylor Swift also has many properties under her name. She owns around eight properties, and these assets add to her enormous net worth. As per Business Insider, Swift also owns two private jets worth $40 million and $58 million.

Taylor Swift Facts

  • Taylor Swift was named after James Taylor, and her mother felt that a gender-neutral name would help further her career.
  • Her debut album Fearless is the most-awarded album in the history of country music.
  • She won a Grammy for Best Album for Fearless at 20, becoming the youngest artist to ever do so. The title now belongs to Billie Eilish.
  • She was named Billboard’s magazine’s “Woman of the Year” for 2011.
  • One of Taylor’s biggest music influences is Shania Twain. She’s also a big fan of Britney Spears.
  • She wrote Love Story on her bedroom floor in just 20 minutes.
  • Her lucky number is 13.

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