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Taylor Swift Biography (UPDATE)

VO: Matt Campbell
From country to pop music, Taylor has proven that she is one of the most versatile artists in the industry. In this bio update, takes a look at what Taylor Swift has accomplished since we first published her biography in 2010. Proving she has a habit of creating catchy music and selling record after record, Swift won’t be fading away too quickly. After the success of 1989, we are all left wondering what is up next for Taylor, as she has proven to be one of the most exciting artists around.

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Taylor Swift Biography (UPDATE)

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. By the age of 10, she was already learning to play the guitar and soon after, began performing at local events in her hometown.

Nashville and Single #1

When she was fourteen, her family moved to a Nashville suburb to help with her burgeoning career. There, she was eventually discovered and signed to country label, Big Machine Records. Her first single was 2006’s “Tim McGraw,” and the video for that song later won her a CMT Music Award.

Debut Record

A few months later, her self-titled debut album hit number one on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It spawned several successful singles, such as “Teardrops on My Guitar”, and “Our Song”. This was followed by a holiday compilation entitled Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection released late the next year.

"Beautiful Eyes EP"

By mid-2008, Swift released her Beautiful Eyes EP. It debuted on the top spot of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, right ahead of her first album, which was sitting in position number two.

Crossover Success with "Fearless"

Swift’s sophomore record, Fearless, came out in November 2008. Debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, it ultimately became the best-selling album of 2009. Fearless’ lead single, “Love Story,” was a crossover success, as it became a hit on both the country and pop charts. The second single, “White Horse,” won two Grammy Awards and was accompanied by a music video that went straight to number one via CMT’s “Top Twenty Countdown.” The album’s third single, “You Belong with Me,” was her biggest U.S. hit.

2009 MTV Video Music Awards

In 2009, Swift was recognized at the MTV Video Music Awards with a trophy for Best Female Video. However, her acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper Kanye West who disagreed.

Re-Release of "Fearless"

As if 2009 wasn’t busy enough for Swift, Fearless was re-released that year with six new songs as Fearless: Platinum Edition, putting eight of her tracks on the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously.

Acting Debut

Swift made her acting debut the next year in the movie, “Valentine’s Day,” the soundtrack of which also featured her song, “Today was a Fairytale.”

Third Album

By October 2010, she was ready with album number three, Speak Now. The positively reviewed effort debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200, and was completely written by Swift. Its first single was the song, “Mine”.

Career on the Rise

Her genuine personality and the autobiographical nature of her songs have garnered Taylor Swift many fans. And if she continues to be as honest, ambitious and determined with her career as she has been with her music, then surely her success will keep on growing.


And her success certainly has grown. At the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, with a total of 10 nominations, Swift took home 4 awards, including the album of the year for her 2010 release Fearless.

After racking up the awards, Swift took some time to work on her 2012 album, Red. With more a pop sound than any of her previous work, Swift delivered arguably her best album yet, proving that she was more than a country girl with a guitar strapped to her shoulder.

If We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together was just a step away from her country roots, I Knew You Were Trouble was a giant leap. With a driving chorus toeing the line between pop and EDM, this 2013 single was an aggressive statement from the forever-troubled-in-love starlet.

Skip ahead another year, and Taylor Swift was dominating the charts once again.

Her album, titled 1989, sold 1.3 million copies within its first week alone, making her the first female solo artist to have two albums sell over a million copies in it’s first week of sales.

The lead single, Shake It Off, skyrocketed to number one on the Billboard Charts, and held it’s spot at the top for four consecutive weeks. Her second single from 1989, Blank Space, ended up bumping Shake It Off as number one on the Billboard Charts.

Proving she has a habit of creating catchy music and selling record after record, Swift won’t be fading away too quickly.

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