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.
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