|Estimated value:||€335 million|
|Country of origin:||United States of America|
|Source of Wealth:||singer|
Taylor Alison Swift is a multi-Grammy Award-winning American singer/songwriter who became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 2010 at the age of 20. In 2011, Swift was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. She is currently the best-selling digital artist in music history.
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania to Andrea (Finlay), a former marketing executive, and Scott Kingsley Swift, a financial advisor. She was named after James Taylor, an American singer and songwriter. Her mother believed that a gender-neutral name would help her succeed professionally. Taylor spent most of her childhood on a 11-acre Christmas tree farm in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. When she was nine, the family moved to Wyomissing, PA. Her first hobby was horseback riding, but at the age of nine she turned to musical theater, appearing in productions at the Berks Youth Theater Academy. She regularly traveled to New York City for singing and acting classes. However, after auditioning in New York for a few years and getting nothing, she became interested in country music. At the age of 11, after many tries, Taylor won a local talent contest and was given the opportunity to open for Charlie Daniels. At the age of 12 she learned to play the guitar and wrote her first song “Lucky You”.
At age 14, Taylor Swift moved to Nashville after securing an artist development deal with RCA Records. She left RCA Records when she was 15 because the label wanted her to record other songwriters’ work and wait until she was 18 to release an album. At an event at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in 2005, Swift caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, a Dreamworks Records executive who was in the process of launching his own independent record label, Big Machine Records. Taylor was one of the first deals from the new label. She released her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006, and the song became a top 10 hit on the country charts. He also appeared on her debut album in October of the same year, which sold more than 5 million copies. Other popular singles soon followed. Swift’s concerts sold out in minutes and she became the youngest artist to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for Fearless in 2010. After the massive success, Swift took a break from the spotlight. However, in August 2017, she resurfaced and announced the release of the studio album Reputation. On August 24, 2017, Swift debuted first single “Look What You Made Me Do.” The video was viewed more than 19 million times on YouTube within the first day.
Taylor Swift had the highest-grossing tour by a female artist of the decade, grossing $910 million. She has won 10 Grammys, 23 Billboard Music Awards and 23 American Music Awards. With a total of 56 awards, she is the biggest winner of the 3 most important American awards. In all, Taylor has won more than 400 awards. She can be found in all Madame Tussauds wax museums, has plaques at airports and an educational center she named in the Nashville Country Hall of Fame, “The Taylor Swift Experience” was in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Swift has a banner at the Staples Center for most sales and can be seen on the Wall of Sound at Wembley Stadium.
- “Just be yourself, there is no one better.”
- “The fear of being average intimidates me.”
- “All you have to do to be my friend is like me.”
- “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.”
- “People weren’t always there for me, but the music was.”
- “Music is my shining light, my favorite thing in the world. Getting me to stop doing that for a second would be difficult.”
- “It turns out that freedom is nothing but missing you.”
- “If you’re horrible to me, I’ll write a song about it and you won’t like it.”
tips for success
Taylor Swift’s seven tips for professional success:
- Don’t lose confidence
- Trust in friends
- Be willing to accept criticism
- Knowing when it’s time for a break
- Remember why you do what you do and stay passionate about it
- Write down your ideas in a notebook
- Don’t forget to forgive yourself
|Estimated value:||€335 million|