Thursday, 23 April 2015

T is for Taylor Swift



Taylor Swift is an American country singer who shot to fame following the release of her self-titled debut album in 2006. The album contained the crossover hit, Teardrops on My Guitar, which peaked at #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also produced three further singles, Tim McGraw, Our Song, and Should've Said No, the last two of which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

Her second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. It produced the crossover hits, Love Story and You Belong to Me, the former remaining her bestselling single till date with more than 8 million copies sold. The album itself was a commercial success, and it became the bestselling album of 2009 with 5.2 million copies sold. It would go on to win four Grammy awards that same year, including one for Album of the Year, making Taylor Swift the youngest person to do so at age 20.

Her third album, Speak Now, was released in 2010 and it debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with more than 1 million copies sold within its first week of release. It earned her two further Grammys for its single, Mean, one for Best Country Song and the other for Best Country Solo Perormance. Her fourth album, Red, would also debut at #1 in 2012 with sales exceeding 1 million in its first week. Its lead single, We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together, gave Taylor Swift her first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

For her fifth album, 1989, Taylor Swift decided to look beyond her country roots, choosing to draw inspiration from some of the pop songs released during the decade of her birth instead. The album was not only well received, it also became the fastest selling album in the US within the past 12 years, selling 1.27  million copies within its first week. Its first two singles, Shake It Off and Blank Space, have both peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The third single, Style, is presently one of my favorite songs in her entire catalog.


36 comments:

  1. Admire her talent, just not my kind of music.

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    1. I was never that much into country music too, once upon a time. Blame my current love for the genre on the new generation of singers like Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts, Lady Antebellum, and of course, Taylor Swift.

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  2. Ok. Fine. I'll admit it. I like Taylor Swift. Not just as person (she seems cool and I LOVE watching her at awards shows) but I find her music catchy and fun.
    She is totally not my type of singer, yet there I am...in my car...singing "Shake it Off" like a big idiot.

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    Tim Brannan, The Other Side Blog
    2015 A to Z of Vampires
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    1. LOL. That's the funniest thing I've read all day. I guess I am just as guilty as you are. :D

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  3. Nice song, just what I expected. She's been a hit from day1

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    1. This was the first song on her 1989 album to strike a chord, and it remains my favorite from the album till date. :)

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  4. Gotta admit, not a huge fan of hers. But I did like some of her early stuff!

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    1. Her early stuff was timeless, most especially Teardrops on my Guitar. :)

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  5. I like some of her songs especially "we never ever getting back together" not actually a big fan tho. Follow me on my blog Michael

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    1. Hello, Okala. I visited your blog the other day, but couldn't seem to find a way to follow it through Google Friend Connect. I'll give it another shot now.

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    2. You can still visit and chip in your own comments Michael tanks for coming around

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    3. I eventually found the Google+ follow button, hidden all the way down in your footer. :)

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    4. K Michael comment whenever you visit us thanks a million

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  6. Her music can come off as a little childish, but she's clearly having fun, doing it her way.

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    1. Fun she does have, and her music and more importantly songwriting have actually matured considerably over the years. :)

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  7. How did I miss this one?
    Taylor Swift won me over with her track - A Place In this World.. That song got me through a very difficult stage in my life.. A stage in which I felt pretty lonely and sad..
    Anyways, #GoodMemories !:)

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    1. A Place in this World was definitely one of the standout tracks on her debut album. Glad it was able to bring you happiness when you needed it most.

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