Taylor Swift, one of the most successful artists in all of music history, is no stranger to success. Aside from her hit singles, albums, and tours, Swift has achieved an impressive list of lifestyle achievements as well. In fact, many people would argue that she’s become a role model for ambitious women everywhere.
In this blog post, we’ll explore some of Taylor Swift’s greatest lifestyle accomplishments. From her charitable donations to her mobile app and beyond, it’s clear that Taylor Swift is a force to be reckoned with and there’s no sign of stopping anytime soon!
Childhood and Personal Life
Taylor ‘Alison’ Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania on 13th December 1989. She was educated at the West Reading Elementary Center after which she went to the Wyomissing Area Senior High School.
As a child her favorite hobby was to ride horses and was encouraged to participate in many horse shows. But at the age of nine, she got a new interest which would make her one of the recognizable people of her generation.
Over the years, Taylor Swift has been pretty open about her personal life. She’s dated a lot of high-profile celebrities, including Harry Styles and Calvin Harris. She’s also been very vocal about her struggles with anxiety and eating disorders.
Swift has taken a more low-key approach to her dating life and has been linked to Joe Alwyn, But on 2023 9 April It was revealed that Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have quietly ended their relationship after being together for six years.
Taylor Swift Journey to Musical Stardom
She showed interest in musical theatre for which she went to Broadway for vocal and acting lessons. She took special interest in country music which she started performing at fairs, local music festivals, sporting events and coffeehouses.
By the age of 11, Swift was sure that she had her future in music and in search of a break she was taken by her mother to Nashville, Tennessee. At Nashville, she contacted many record labels for joining as a solo singer but got rejected by all of them. She had to become the best at what she was doing in order to be selected at such a young age.
At the age of 12, she was taught 3 chords by a computer repairman on a guitar. With these 3 simple chords she wrote her first song, ‘Lucky You’. She joined Henderson High School in Tennessee at the age of 14 where she would study only for 2 years.
She now got a contract deal with RCA records where she would collaborate with other experienced songwriters. By the age of 15, she was not only good at singing and the guitar but had become a great songwriter. She was now hired as the youngest songwriter at 15 by Sony/ATV Tree publishing house to write songs for other singers.
But in 2005, she joined Big Machine Records in order to create her own album. Within one year she was ready with her first album at the age of 16 in which she wrote 3 songs on her own and co-wrote the 8 remaining songs.
Rise to Superstardom
The album was called ‘Taylor Swift’ and went on to sell more than 38,500 copies in the first week and has sold more than 5 million copies in its worldwide sales. Her next album ‘Fearless’ released in the year 2008 to another spectacular success. She had written 7 of the songs in the album on her own and co-written the remaining 6 songs.
The album went on to sell more than 590,000 copies in its first week and close to 8.5 million copies worldwide. For an 18-year-old country girl, this was an unbelievable achievement. Her fame soon spread outside the U.S. and Europe.
In 2010, she went on to win 4 Grammy Awards including the ‘Best Album of the Year’, becoming the youngest ever to win this honor. Her next major work was ‘Fearless’ released in the year 2010, in which she single-handedly wrote all the 14 songs of the album. This album went on to sell more than a million copies in its first week and instantly made Swift one of the biggest entertainers in the world.
” Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, but it’s about how to dance in the rain.” – Taylor Swift
For female artists, Billboard’s “Woman of the Year” award is one of the biggest honors out there, recognizing high-achieving women who have made significant contributions to the music industry.
Swift’s Impressive Milestones
In 2014, Swift became the first and as-of-yet only woman to win the award twice. At the ceremony, the presenter highlighted the fact that Swift had charted 60 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, a record for any female artist at the time. As of today, Swift has had 168 entries on the chart, more than most other musicians of any gender.
In 2015, Swift moved from her native Tennessee to New York City. The move cemented a major change in her music style, a shift from country to pop and was an overall turning point in her career. To celebrate the milestone, she donated $50,000 of the proceeds from her single “Welcome to New York” to NYC public schools.
It’s not the only time the celeb has given away major chunks of her fortune (she’s often recognized as one of the most philanthropic people in Hollywood), but it was one of her first big charitable gifts.
In 2016, Rolling Stone revealed Swift was the co-writer behind the Rihanna and Calvin Harris hit “This Is What You Came For.” The songstress used a pen name, Nils Sjoberg, for the track, something even her most die-hard fans weren’t aware of.
Swift has revealed in the years since that she has used this name-swapping trick a number of times but remains tight-lipped on exactly which pseudonyms she’s using.
Record-Breaking “Reputation” Era
In 2017, Swift released her sixth studio album, “Reputation.” The pop record sold over 1 million copies in its first four days of release, proving once again that her popularity wasn’t going anywhere no matter how many musical eras she went through or how many changes she made to her sound.
But the sales of “Reputation” became even more significant when it was revealed that the album’s success made her the first artist in history to have four separate albums ”Speak Now,” “Red,” “1989,” and “Reputation” sell at least 1 million copies in its first week of release.
At the 2018 American Music Awards, Swift set yet another record when she became the most-decorated female AMA winner of all time. Upon receiving her 23rd trophy, she knocked the former record-holder, Whitney Houston, out of the top spot.
In an acceptance speech that evening, Swift encouraged viewers to get out and vote in state and federal elections (the same way they did for that night’s winners), which was a major about-face for the musician, who had refused to talk about politics in the early days of her career.
Following the massive sales of “Reputation,” Swift set out on a global stadium tour to promote the album. The American leg of the tour, which consisted of 38 shows, set a record when it became the highest-grossing U.S. tour of all time.
In doing so, the pop icon, who grossed over $266 million, beat out previous record holders, rock ‘n’ roll legends the Rolling Stones, who pulled in $245 million across their 70-show tour in the early ’00s.
Battle for Musical Control
In 2019, Scott Borchetta sold Big Machine Records including the masters of all of Swift’s first six albums to Ithaca Holdings (a company owned by talent agent Scooter Braun). Following the sale, Swift revealed that she’d been trying to buy back her masters for years but all of her attempts had been thwarted.
A massive public feud over the sale and ownership rights ensued, which resulted in Swift re-recording all of her early works for rerelease (which may or may not have been inspired by Kelly Clarkson’s expert advice).
The first of these offerings, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” hit shelves in 2021 and quickly topped the Billboard 200 charts, becoming the first re-recorded album to ever nab the #1 position.
She repeated that formula in November that same year, unveiling the re-recording of her fourth studio album, “Red (Taylor’s Version),” which contained a 10-minute version of her 2012 song “All Too Well.” The track earned Swift another Guinness World Records entry as the longest #1 song of all time.
In 2021, Swift added a director’s credit to her ever-growing résumé when she released her first short film “All Too Well.” The biographical project was created to accompany the 10-minute “Taylor’s Version” of the eponymous track from her 2012 album “Red.”
Starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, the romantic drama was well received by critics, who declared it a love letter to her fans.
Recent and Upcoming Projects
In 2022, Swift surprised fans when she announced she had written and recorded an entirely original song for the murder-mystery film “Where the Crawdads Sing,” based on the book of the same name by Delia Owens. The track, titled “Carolina,” recalls the haunting style of the songs found in her eighth studio album “Folklore.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, Swift only used instruments and recording techniques that were available in the early 1950s to match the period of the film, giving the song an authentic feel. Rumor has it that the song might nab Swift her first Oscar nomination.
Furthermore, Taylor Swift 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is the upcoming fourth re-recorded album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, set for release on October 27, 2023.
Taylor Swift’s multifaceted journey from childhood to superstardom, her philanthropy, record-breaking achievements, and ongoing creative endeavors highlight her success impact on music and pop culture. With continuous evolution and a bright future ahead, Taylor Swift remains an inspirational figure for many.