TAYLOR SWIFT



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INDEX1.WEBGRAPHY2.BIOGRAPHY3.DISCOGRAPHY4.VENTURES5.LINKS6.PHOTOS7.SONGS



1.WEBGRAPHY


http://taylorswift.com/





2.BIOGRAPHY



Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at the age of fourteen to pursue a career in country music. She 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 Swift's eponymous debut album in 2006 established her as a country music star. "Our Song", her third single, made her 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.

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 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. 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. The singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" were worldwide hits. The Red Tour is scheduled to begin in March 2013.

Swift is known for her narrative songs about her experiences as a teenager and young adult. As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Swift's other achievements include six Grammy Awards, eleven [[#|American Music Awards]], seven Country Music Association Awards and six Academy of Country Music Awards. She has sold over 26 million albums and 75 million [[#|digital]] downloads worldwide. In addition to her music career, Swift has appeared as an actress in the crime drama CSI (2009), the ensemble comedy Valentine's Day (2010) and the animated film The Lorax (2012). Forbes estimates that she is worth over $165 million. As a philanthropist, Swift supports arts education, children's literacy, natural disaster relief, LGBT anti-discrimination efforts, and charities for sick children.


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2004–08: Career beginnings and Taylor Swift



Swift moved to Nashville at the age of fourteen. As part of her artist development deal with RCA Records, she had writing sessions with experienced Music Row songwriters such as Troy Verges, Brett Beavers, Brett James, [[#|Mac]] McAnally and The Warren Brothers. She eventually formed a lasting working relationship with Liz Rose. Swift saw Rose performing at an RCA songwriter event and suggested that they write together.[30] They began meeting for two-hour writing sessions every Tuesday afternoon after school.Rose has said that the sessions were "some of the easiest I've ever done. Basically, I was just her editor. She'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she'd come in with the most incredible hooks". Swift also began recording demos with producer Nathan Chapman.[30] After performing at a BMI Songwriter's Circle showcase at The Bitter End, New York, Swift became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Tree publishing house. She left RCA Records when she was fifteen; the company wanted her to record the work of other songwriters and wait until she was eighteen to release an album, but she felt ready to launch her career with her own material. She also parted ways with manager Dan Dymtrow, who later took legal action against Swift and her parents. "'I genuinely felt that I was running out of time," Swift later recalled. "I wanted to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through." At an industry showcase at Nashville's Bluebird Café in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a Dreamworks Records executive who was preparing to form his own independent record label, Big Machine Records. She became one of the label's first signings, with her father purchasing a three per cent stake in the fledgling company. As an introduction to the country music business, Borchetta arranged for Swift to intern as an artist escort at the CMA Music Festival
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2008–10: Fearless, VMA controversy and Grammy backlash



Swift's second studio album, Fearless, was released in November 2008. Swift wrote seven of the album's songs alone, including two singles, and co-wrote the remaining six with songwriters Liz Rose, John Rich, Colbie Caillat and Hillary Lindsey. She co-produced the album with Nathan Chapman. Musically, it has been said that the record is characterized by "loud, lean guitars and rousing choruses", with the occasional "bit of fiddle and banjo tucked into the mix". The New York Times described Swift as "one of pop's finest songwriters, country's foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her inner life than most adults". The Village Voice felt she displayed "preternatural wisdom and inclusiveness", "masterfully avoiding the typical diarist's pitfalls of trite banality and pseudo-profound bullshit". Rolling Stone described her as "a songwriting savant with an intuitive gift for verse-chorus-bridge architecture" whose "squirmingly intimate and true" songs seemed to be "literally ripped from a suburban girl's diary". Music critic Robert Christgau described Swift as "an uncommonly-to-impossibly strong and gifted teenage girl".


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2010–12: Speak Now; live and studio collaborations


Swift released her third studio album, Speak Now, in October 2010. She wrote all twelve songs alone and co-produced the record with longtime collaborator Nathan Chapman. She originally intended to call the album Enchanted but Scott Borchetta, her record label's CEO, felt the title did not reflect the album's more adult themes.Musically, it has been said that the album "expands beyond country-pop to border both alternative rock and dirty bubblegum pop". The New York Times described the album as savage, musically diverse and "excellent too, possibly her best". The Village Voice found that the album demanded "a true appreciation of Swift's talent, which is not confessional, but dramatic: Like a procession of country songwriters before her, she creates characters and situations—some from life—and finds potent ways to describe them." Music critic Robert Christgau found the album's songs "overlong and overworked" but remarked that "they evince an effort that bears a remarkable resemblance to care—that is, to caring in the best, broadest, and most emotional sense". Rolling Stone described Swift as one of the best songwriters in "pop, rock or country": "Swift might be a clever Nashville pro who knows all the hitmaking tricks, but she's also a high-strung, hyper-romantic gal
with a melodramatic streak the size of the Atchafalaya Swamp".








2012–present: Red and tour announcement





Swift's fourth studio album, Red, was released in October 2012. She wrote nine of the album's sixteen songs alone; the remaining seven were co-written with Max Martin, Liz Rose, Dan Wilson, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody. Nathan Chapman served as the album's lead producer but Jeff Bhasker, Butch Walker, Jacknife Lee, Dann Huff and Shellback also produced individual tracks. Chapman has said he encouraged Swift "to branch out and to test herself in other situations". She has described the collaborative process as "an apprenticeship". Musically, while there is experimentation with heartland rock, dubstep and dance-pop, it is "limited to a handful of tracks sprinkled among more recognisably Swiftian fare". Jon Caramanica of The New York Times placed Red at number two on his end-of-year list, characterizing it as the album on which Swift "stops pretending she’s anything but a pop megastar, one with grown-up concerns, like how two bodies speak to each other and how taste in records can be a stand-in for moral turpitude." However, he conceded that, "though often great, it is her least steady album." The Times praised her "sublime" lyrics, particularly those on the "brooding" "All Too Well". Rolling Stone enjoyed "watching Swift find her pony-footing on Great Songwriter Mountain. She often succeeds in joining the Joni/Carole King tradition of stark-relief emotional mapping ... Her self-
discovery project is one of the best stories in pop."





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3.DISCOGRAPHY



List of singles as main artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name


Title
Year
Peak chart positions
Certifications
Album
US
[7]
US
Country
[46]
AUS
[11]
CAN
[47]
GER
[48]
IRL
[21]
NOR
[22]
NZ
[23]
SWE
[24]
UK
[49]
"Tim McGraw"
2006
40
6








  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
Taylor Swift
"Teardrops on My Guitar"
2007
13
2

45





51
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[5]
  • MC: Platinum[28]
"Our Song"
16
1

30






  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[5]
  • MC: Platinum[28]
"Picture to Burn"
2008
28
3

48






  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
  • MC: Gold[28]
"Should've Said No"
33
1

67



18


  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
"Change"
10
57








  • RIAA: Gold[5]
Non-album single
"Love Story"
4
1
1
4
22
3
7
3
10
2
  • RIAA: 5× Platinum[5]
  • ARIA: 3× Platinum[12]
  • BPI: Gold[29]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[28]
  • RIANZ: Platinum[50]
Fearless
"White Horse"
13
2
41
43





60
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
  • MC: Gold[28]
"Crazier"
2009
17

57
67





100

Hannah Montana: The Movie
"You Belong with Me"
2
1
5
3

12

5
47
30
  • RIAA: 4× Platinum[5]
  • ARIA: 2× Platinum[51]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[28]
  • RIANZ: Platinum[50]
Fearless
"Fifteen"
23
7
48
19






  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
  • MC: Gold[28]
"Fearless"
2010
9
10

69





111
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
"Today Was a Fairytale"
2
41
3
1

41

29

57
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
  • ARIA: Platinum[51]
Valentine's Day
"Mine"
3
2
9
7
57
38

16
48
30
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[5]
  • ARIA: Platinum[51]
  • MC: 2× Platinum[28]
  • RIANZ: Platinum[50]
Speak Now
"Back to December"
6
3
26
7



24


  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
  • MC: Gold[28]
"Mean"
2011
11
2
45
10






  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
  • MC: Gold[28]
"The Story of Us"
41


70






  • RIAA: Gold[5]
"Sparks Fly"
17
1
97
28






  • RIAA: Gold[5]
"Ours"
13
1
91
68





181
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
"Safe & Sound"
(featuring The Civil Wars)
30

38
31



11

67
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
The Hunger Games
"Long Live"[52]
(featuring Paula Fernandes)
2012











Speak Now: World Tour Live
"Eyes Open"
19
50
47
17

65

6

70
  • RIAA: Platinum[5]
  • RIANZ: Gold[53]
The Hunger Games
"We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"
1
1
3
1
21
4
6
1
16
4
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[5]
  • ARIA: 4× Platinum[54]
  • BPI: Silver[29]
  • MC: Platinum[28]
  • RIANZ: 2× Platinum[55]
Red
"Ronan"
16
34









Non-album single
"Begin Again"
7
10
20
4

25

11

30
  • RIAA: Gold[5]
Red
"I Knew You Were Trouble
2

3
2
33
4

3

2
  • RIAA: 3× Platinum[5]
  • ARIA: 4× Platinum[56]
  • RIANZ: 2× Platinum[57]
"22"
2013
44


29





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4.VENTURES


Taylor Swift has had many ventures in her young life so far. Her newest one will make her seem "easy, breezy and beautiful". That famous phrase in commercials is about to become even more recognizable as Taylor's reps have just announced that she has signed on to be the newest celebrity face of CoverGirl. Taylor joins the ranks of Rhianna, Ellen Degeneres and Drew Barrymore as spokespersons for America's most popular line of cosmetics.

"I am so excited to become the next CoverGirl," Taylor said in a statement to Access Hollywood. "I have admired many of the CoverGirls since I was a little girl... great artists and actresses who are confident and still themselves. It's like a dream come true to be a part of the future of CoverGirl." Her new line of cosmetics have not yet been announced. Taylor has recently shot the ads and they will make an appearance in January 2011.
That is not the only new venture that Taylor is on right now. She has also just recently been featured in a commercial for the Sony TX7 Cyber-shot camera. Having a famous face like Taylor's is a great move for Sony. She is also on her Fearless tour now through June of this year. As many new ventures as Taylor is on right now, it always comes back to the old one...her music.
This 20 year old country superstar with the famous curly blond hair started singing in karaoke contests and at county fairs at the age of ten and has never stopped. Her most recent album release, Fearless has become huge. This album has been rereleased as Fearless: Platinum Edition with a few new songs on it. Her very personal lyrics are revealed on this album. Taylor has no regrets when it comes to using real boys names in her songs either. She is very upfront about how she feels and how others can relate to her music.
Keep looking for Taylor Swift to continue on some new ventures in the future. She is hot with her new single, "Fifteen" on radio stations right now and it seems to keep getting better for this country girl.




5.LINKS
https://www.facebook.com/TaylorSwift

https://twitter.com/taylorswift13






6.PHOTOS


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7.SONGS






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