Taylor Swift is a singer-songwriter. Swift signed to the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Taylor Swift’s eponymous debut album in 2006 established her as a country music star. “Our Song”, her third single, made Taylor Swift the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the country chart. She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards.
Taylor Swift’s second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me”, Fearless became the top-selling album of 2009 and was supported by an extensive concert tour. The record won four Grammy Awards, with Taylor Swift becoming the youngest ever Album of the Year winner. Swift’s third album, 2010’s Speak Now, sold over one million copies in its first week of US release and was supported by the thirteen-month Speak Now World Tour. The album’s third single, “Mean”, won two Grammy Awards. Taylor Swift’s fourth album, Red, was released in 2012. Its opening US sales of 1.2 million were the highest recorded in a decade, with Swift becoming the only female artist to have two million-plus opening weeks.
Taylor Swift has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Taylor Swift’s other achievements include six Grammy Awards, eleven American Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards and thirteen BMI Awards. She has sold over 26 million albums and 75 million digital downloads worldwide. In addition to her music career, Taylor Swift has appeared as an actress in the crime drama CSI, the ensemble comedy Valentine’s Day and the animated film The Lorax.
How Taylor Swift Made Her Money – Music
Estimated Net Worth: $165 Million
Birthday: December 13, 1989
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