1. Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and actress.
2. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, she moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music.
3. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house.
4. Her third single, “Our Song,” made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the Hot Country Songs chart.
5. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me,” Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the United States.
6. The album won four Grammy Awards, making Swift the youngest ever Album of the Year winner.
7. Swift’s third and fourth albums, 2010’s Speak Now and 2012’s Red, both sold more than one million copies within the first week of their U.S release.
8. Speak Now’s “Mean” won two Grammy Awards, while Red’s singles “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “I Knew You Were Trouble” were successful worldwide.
9. Swift’s fifth album, the pop-focused 1989, was released in 2014 and sold more copies in its opening week than any album in the previous 12 years, making Swift the first and only act to have three albums sell more than one million copies in the opening release week.
10. Its singles “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, and “Bad Blood” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
11. As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
12. Swift’s other achievements include seven Grammy Awards, one Emmy Award, 22 Billboard Music Awards, 11 Country Music Association Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and one Brit Award.
13. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums including 27.1 million in the U.S. and 130 million single downloads.
14. Swift has also had supporting roles in feature films including Valentine’s Day (2010) and The Giver (2014).
15. In 2015, she became the youngest woman ever to be included on Forbes’ “100 Most Powerful Women” list, ranking at number 64.
16. After watching a documentary about Faith Hill, Swift felt sure that she needed to go to Nashville, Tennessee, to pursue a music career. She received label rejections and realized that “everyone in that town wanted to do what I wanted to do.
17. So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to figure out a way to be different.”
18. When Swift was about 12 years old, a computer repairman taught Swift how to play three chords on a guitar, inspiring her to write her first song, “Lucky You.” In 2003, Swift and her parents started working with New York-based music manager Dan Dymtrow.
19. Swift wrote a non-autobiographical novel at the age of 14 entitled A Girl Named Girl which was never released.