Taylor Alison Swift is American singer-songwriter. One of the most popular contemporary female recording artists, she is known for narrative songs about her personal life, which has received much media attention. She doesn’t pay too much attention to this, she actually believes talking too much about her own personal life is “a career weakness”. As long as she keeps making hits we will keep on listening. Enjoy these 40 awesome facts about Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift is famously known for her love for cats, especially her own cats: Olivia Benson and Meredith Grey. In 2015, Swift invited her name-spiration TV idols Mariska Hargitay and Ellen Pompeo to join her in her award-winning music video for “Bad Blood.” Swift’s first cat is named after Ellen Pompeo’s Grey’s Anatomy character, Meredith Grey, and her other cat is named after Mariska Hargitay’s character, Olivia, from Law and Order: SVU.
39. Inspiration comes in many forms
Ever wonder who was the first person to teach Swift how to play guitar? Funny enough, it was a computer repairman – who would have thought! The computer repairman taught Swift how to play three chords on the guitar when she was 12, which inspired her to write “Lucky You.”
38. No place like homes
Since leaving her childhood home in Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift has acquired homes from coast to coast. Most of Swift’s homes are down to earth, New England-chic with adorable beachy exteriors and wood floors. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee when she was 14-years-old where she purchased two homes: a modern penthouse condo in the downtown area and a large brick estate. In 2011, Swift moved on from Nashville to reside in Beverly Hills, California. She picked a four-bedroom Cape-Cod aesthetic for a casual $3.97 million. She went on to get homes in Barnstable, Massachusetts; Westerly, Rhode Island; and in 2014 she settled down in New York, New York.
37. Runs in the family
It is hard to believe we have loved Swift for over 11 years. Swift followed in the footsteps of her grandmother, a professional opera singer. At 10-years-old, Swift was singing at local events in Reading, Pennsylvania. At age 11, she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” at a Philadelphia 76ers game. By age 12, Swift began guitar lessons and writing her own songs.
36. Early Wins
Swift signed her first contract with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records after an amazing performance at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. From there she went on to release her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006. The song was a Top 10 hit on the country charts and was part of her self-titled debut album. Swift’s first album sold more than 2.5 million copies.
35. Who am I?
Fun fact about Swift’s name: the reason Swift’s mom, Andrea, wanted to name her daughter “Taylor” was because she thought that if you saw her name on a business card you would not know if it was a girl or a boy.
34. Welcome indeed
Swift wrote “Welcome to New York” after moving to the Big Apple and purchasing a seven-bedroom penthouse that was previously owned by Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The 20 million dollar penthouse has a cool warehouse-loft aesthetic with exposed brick and beams.
33. Guinness oficial
The multi record breaking superstar earned her spot in the Guinness World Records 2016 edition for most million-selling weeks on US albums charts. She is the only superstar to notch up three million-selling weeks on the Billboard 200 albums. In 2010, her album “Speak Now” sold 1.047 million copies. In 2012, “Red” topped the charts with sales of 1.208 million copies, and “1989” debuted as No. 1 in 2014 with 1.287 million sales.
32. Never ever ever falling off the charts
In 2010, Swift had 11 separate tracks on the US Hot 100. 10 of those tracks made chart debuts, which secured Swift a record for most simultaneous US Hot 100 hits by a female. In 2012, “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” earned Swift the record of fastest-selling digital single. The famous hit climbed to the No.1 on iTunes singles sales chart 50 minutes after being released.
31. Join the herd
Follow Swift on Twitter @taylorswift13. The pop icon has a huge following. In 2015, Swift landed second place for most followers on Twitter for a female pop star. On June 13, 2015, Swift had 51,939,930 followers! She often tweets promos for her new songs, commercials she stars in, and messages she wants to get across to her fans.
Swift teamed up with Zayn Malik to create “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” for the new Fifty Shades Darker movie, which will hit the big screens in February. You can hear the song now by watching the extended Fifty Shades Darker trailer!
29. The Swift Experience
Swift has teamed up with AT&T to offer her fans a new video experience called “Taylor Swift Now”. This new video experience is only available on AT&T / Direct TV. The program is packed with never-seen Taylor videos, which will provide fans with an inside look at her life and unique content spanning her entire career. There are currently 13 chapters for fans to view! Click here to watch: http://music.directv.com/taylorswift/.
28. And I thought it was the year of he rooster
Swift was born on December 13, 1989, which makes her a Sagittarius. It’s not shocking that Swift is a Sagittarius, whom are known for being generous and having a great sense of humor. As Swift’s Instagram-followers know, Swift meets the Sagittarius likes: travel and being outdoors. Swift loves spending time outdoors with her friends, especially at her Hampton’s home in the summer. Sagittariuses are compatible with Aries and Leos; no wonder she is besties with Leo, Karlie Kloss.
27. Life is a song
Taylor Swift wrote her own monologue when she hosted Saturday Night Live. She chose to write a song called “My Monologue Song” that included jokes about Kanye West and Joe Jonas, plus a special kiss from ex-boyfriend, Taylor Lautner. Kudos to Taylor for being able to shake it off.
26. All I want for Christmas is…
Like most singers, Swift has sang her fair share of holiday song covers. The album was originally titled, “Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection,” but it was released in 2007, as “The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection”. The Christmas EP includes “Last Christmas,” “Santa Baby,” “White Christmas,” and “Silent Night”.
Swift loves reading and writing poetry. She was particularly drawn to the works of Dr. Seuss and Shel Silverstein growing up, and continues to cite To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as one of her favorite books. On Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at Scholastic headquarters in New York, Swift spoke to children about the power of reading and writing. She informed the listeners that at age 13 or 14 she wrote a 400-page book about her life and friends. Students listening in on Skype suggested Swift read The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.
24. She does it all
Beyond singer, Swift has had some experience on TV and the big screens. In 2009, she played a rebellious teen in an episode of CSI, and in 2012, she voiced the character Audrey in The Lorax. She also appeared in an episode of The New Girl in 2013. Don’t forget Swift’s cameo in the 2010 Valentine’s Day movie! Swift starred as Felicia, a high school dance squad member who was lovesick for Taylor Lautner’s character, Willy.
Taylor Swift in CSI.
Remember Myspace? Swift used Myspace to develop her fanbase. Swift, once again, was ahead of her game because Myspace was unheard of in country music at the time. No wonder she became the first woman to receive Country Music Association’s Pinnacle Award in 2013.
22. Austin Swift
Swift has a younger brother named Austin. He goes to Vanderbilt University and freelances for Getty Images as a photographer. Swift once missed the MTV Europe Music Awards to watch her brother perform in a school play. Swift always includes Austin in her squad and mentioned him in her song “The Best Day”, when she says: “God smiles on my little brother / Inside and out / He’s better than I am.”
21. Loose lips sink ships
Swift is known for kissing and telling as she famously sings about her past relationships. Swift’s first celebrity beaux was Joe Jonas in 2008. It was the beginning of their careers and ended over the phone. A year later she sparked with Taylor Lautner on the set of “Valentine’s Day”. The relationship ended because Lautner was more serious about their relationship. Within the same month of her breakup with Lautner, Swift fell for John Mayer. Although it is not confirmed, fans feel confident that “Dear John” is about him.
20. Master and Padawan
It’s no secret that Swift admires her friend, co-writer and fellow singer, Ed Sheeran. She explained to E!: “I lived for the moments he would burst into my dressing room with a new song to play me.” Sheeran played most of his songs for Swift first. She went on to gush about how much it meant to her that “he wanted me to hear his songs first. I don’t think he ever knew how inspired I was by his drive and passion to constantly create new art.”
19. She came in like a wrecking ball
More recently, Swift very publicly dated Calvin Harris. It is still unclear why the relationship ended. Swift had told Vogue in April 2015 that they had a “really healthy, happy relationship”. Their breakup shocked the world. Fortunately, Swift was not single for long. She went on to have a fun summer fling with Tom Hiddleston. A couple months after she was spotted rocking a “I Heart T.S” tank, the relationship came to an end.
18. Use your powers for good.
In 2012, First Lady Michelle Obama presented Swift with The Big Help Award. She won this award for her dedication to helping others and her ability to inspire her fans to take action. She received the award specifically for her efforts assisting American tornado and flood survivors, and for her experiences with Make-A-Wish Foundation. The First Lady described Swift as “someone who has rocketed to the top of the music industry but still keeps feet on the ground,” and as “someone who has shattered every expectation of what a 22-year-old can accomplish.”
The Ellen Degeneres Show loves Swift. She has been on Ellen more than 10 times. She has performed 9 of her top hits on the show, such as “Our Song,” “Love Story,” “You Belong with Me,” “Back to December,” and “Red.” In 2008, Ellen surprised Swift by introducing her to her celebrity crush, Justin Timberlake. The first time Ellen scared Swift was when she hid in her dressing room bathroom. Swift was so scared that she screamed and fell to the floor!
Swift has famously been besties with Selena Gomez since Gomez’s Disney days. In an interview with People Magazine, Gomez explained that Swift has always been there for her and is “one of the greatest people.” During Gomez’s split from Justin Bieber, Swift made Gomez homemade cookies and brought over a bunch of junk food.
15. Twitter does things!
Ever wonder how Lena Dunham became friends with Swift? Funny enough, they met on Twitter! The duo gushed over one another on Twitter, which led to the start of their beautiful friendship. In 2014, Dunham told Glamour that Swift is “a good friend of mine. I can call her and text her all the time. She helps me be stronger and make better decisions.”
14. The Girl Crew
Who else is in Swift’s “girl gang?” The gang is made up of a breathtaking crew of models, actresses, and singers. The gang includes Cara Delevingne, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid, Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Lily Aldridge, Ellie Goulding, Hailee Steinfeld, Zendaya, and the HAIM sisters. Jealous of this girl gang? Check out this photo of them celebrating the 4th of July!
13. She writes
Swift wrote all of the songs for her third studio album “Speak Now”. Swift wrote 9 out of the 16 songs in her fourth album, “Red”. The other songs she co-wrote with Dan Wilson, Ed Sheeran, Gary Lightbody, Max Martin, and Liz Rose.
12. Midas touch
Swift loves The Hunger Games. She wrote and sang two songs for the 2012 movie: “Safe & Sound” and “Eyes Open.” The first song captures the somber moments of the movie. It has been described as having a lullaby quality to it with a fitting amount of sadness and haunt. Swift was nominated for Original Song at the Gold Derby Awards for “Safe and Sound”.
11. She could be in there
In 2014, Swift performed at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. 5’10’’ Swift strutted down the runway with friends Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss. With her hit, the sexy and tiny lingerie numbers, and her unreal body, she looked like one of the models. She opened the fashion show with “Black Space” and followed up with her most fitting song for the occasion, “Style”.
Swift’s “1989” was a huge hit among her fans. Her tour ran from May 20th until October 17th, 2015 with a 1.67 million tour attendance. Swift’s tour total tour gross reach $185.4 million and gained 61.9 million new followers on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook since the album’s release.
9. Where to put them all?
Swift has won 275 awards and has been nominated 572 times. Swift has won 10 Grammy Awards and is the youngest person to win the Album of the Year award. She was also the first woman to win Album of the Year more than once at the Grammys. Swifts winnings also include 8 Academy of Country Music Awards.
Everyone knows about Swift’s feud with Kanye West that began with him saying, “Imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time.” The feud began in 2009 at the MTV Video Music Awards when Swift won Best Female Video for “You Belong with Me”. Once Kanye gave up the mic, Swift did not even have time to get a word in. Swift explained later that year on the View the thoughts going through her head when she won the award: “My overall thought process was something like: ‘Wow, I can’t believe I won, this is awesome, don’t trip and fall, I’m gonna get to thank the fans, this is so cool. Oh, Kanye West is here. Cool haircut. What are you doing there?’ And then, ‘Ouch.’ And then, ‘I guess I’m not gonna get to thank the fans.'”
7. Happy accidents
In 2012, Swift told Rolling Stone that she has a memento of the VMAs moment in her Nashville home. Above her fireplace, she has a photo of the moment Kanye stole the stage with the caption “Life is full of little interruptions” right next to the actual award.
6. They cool now
By 2015, it appears that Kanye and Swift have cleared the air. Six years after the interruption, Swift presented Kanye with the Video Vanguard Award, which confirmed their newfound alliance. After he, we hope, jokingly announced his plans to run for President in 2020, Swift volunteered to be his running mate.
5. Did she tho?
Just as the Swift and Kanye feud seemed to boil down, Kanye debuted “Famous”, which includes the following lyrics: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous.” Kanye claims that he had an hour long conversation with Swift who gave him her blessing.
4. She’s a keeper
Swift is best friends with Hart of Dixie’s Jamie King. Regardless of the considerable age difference, Swift proves herself to be an amazing friend, which once again reminds fans that age is but a number. Swift threw King an awesome baby shower and was named godmother to King’s newest baby.
Swift’s “1989” tour was a hit, not only for the pop hits. Swift invited various special guests to join her on stage. Idina Menzel joined Swift in Tampa, Florida; the duo sang on stage as Olaf and Elsa. Alessia Cara performed “Here” with Swift in Tampa as well! Other special guests include Pitbull, Ricky Martin, Dwyane Wade, Tove Lo, Miranda Lambert, Ellie Goulding, Charlie XCX, Keith Urban, Nelly, Steven Tyler, Leona Lewis, Mick Jagger, Alison Krauss, Dierks Bentley, Sydney Sierota, The Band Perry, Wiz Khalifa, Avril Lavigne, Selena Gomez, Justin Timberlake, Lisa Kudrow, Beck & St. Vincent, John Legend and many more.
2. She’s doing ok
In 2012, Swift was ranked No.1 as Forbes magazine’s highest paid celebrity under 30. Swift beat out Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and Rihanna who also made the list with salaries over $57 million. In 2016, due to her latest album’s success, Swift banked $170 million, which made her the top-earning celebrity in the world.
1. She’s got a blank space
From 2010 to 2012, Swift’s love life has been a roller-coaster. Swift’s fans believe that “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is about Jake Gyllenhaal, whom she dated in 2010 – 2011. In 2012, Swift had a summer fling with Conor Kennedy. Swift took the relationship more seriously than Kennedy; she even bought a house near him, which she sold after the breakup. She went on to date Harry Styles for a month in 2012, which caused swift to go on a dating hiatus.
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