Taylor Alison Swift is one of the most prolific American singer-songwriter and actress, and she was born on Dec 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania in the United States. The contemporary female artist is best known for her narrative songs concerning her personal life, and her songs have since received considerable media attention. Her musical career started at age 14 pursuing country music when she moved to Nashville, Tennessee and signed with the Big Machine Records Label making her the youngest artist signed by Sony/ATV Music publishing house.
She released her eponymous debut album at age 16 with hits like ‘You Belong With Me’ and ‘Love Story’ that appealed to both country and pop fans. ‘Our Song’ was the album’s third song that peaked in 2006 at number 5 on Billboard 200, as well as spending several weeks on the chart helping her achieve multi-platinum success for her successive albums. Her second album ‘Fearless’ was released in 2008 that was a top seller, and which propelled her to be a pop juggernaut with the album ‘1989’ that was released in 2014. Taylor Swift has won several awards that include being a Grammy Winning Artist to become the top pop recording singer in the world of country music, in addition to being a cover girl model.
The prolific songwriter’s fifth album ‘1989’ made her become the first female artist to garner more than a million copies being sold within a week for her three albums in the United States, especially the hit singles ‘Blank Space’, ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Shake It Off’ that catapulted to reach number in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The ‘1989’ album won three Grammy Awards making her the first female artists and the fifth act overall of winning the Album of the Year twice in a year.
Her artistry influences as a child came from her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Finlay while singing at church, while at the same time enjoying Disney Film soundtracks. Her parents noticed her singing prowess that helped her in preparing class presentations as a teenager. She has continued to maintain her musical style containing components of the country, pop rock, and pop, which defined her unique identity. Her personal life has always been her inspiration in her musical career, and her personal life has always been a constant subject of media attention.
After winning a Grammy Award for her ‘Fearless’ album, Taylor Swift became a hotter commodity where her music concert tickets were selling within minutes, while at the same time making appearances in the ‘Saturday Night Live’ comedy show. It proved to be a significant accomplishment for her as both a host and musical guest. Taylor Swift has since been named the highest paid musician world wide as listed by Forbes where she has been earning a whopping $170 m from 2015 to 2016. Although, her immense success is largely attributed to her ‘1989’ tour in addition to product endorsements such as Apple, Diet Coke, and Keds. She is closely followed by artists such as Adele, Madonna, and Rihanna who are worth $110 m, $76.5 m, and $75 m respectively.