Taylor Swift is an American singer/songwriter whose success seems to stem from her "Good Girl" image and relatable lyrics. Her achievements include six Grammys, eleven American Music Awards, seven CMA Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards and thirteen BMI Awards. She has sold over 26 million albums and 70 million song downloads worldwide.
There are thousands of websites devoted to Taylor Swift where fans write
prolifically about how Taylor Swift has changed their lives, not only through her music but also
through “who she is.” Fans assert that Taylor sings about subjects that are relevant not only to
teenage girls, but to everyone—falling in love, feeling like an outsider and coping with
It may seem that Swift attracts a very specific fanbase, but this is not the case. Many of her songs have universal themes that all kinds of people can relate to. This allows her to expand her audience beyond what we might consider "typical" T-Swift fans and further exemplifies her enormous success as an artist.
Fans insist that Taylor Swift is an ordinary girl, and they continually suture her musical and
extratextual personas by emphasizing the autobiographical nature of her songs. Swift’s music
and her media presence sell an image of an ordinary girl, enabling fans’ identifications with her.
Fans assert that they “know” Taylor through her music and media persona and that Taylor’s
relatable lyrics make them feel like she understands them deeply.
In addition to her image and moral fiber, Taylor's lyrics also capture the hearts of her fans. Her songs reveal the more personal parts of her life and make her audience feel emotionally closer to her. In this way, Swift's life has become an open book of secrets for her fans to read, and they just can't get enough.
Unsurprisingly, she has no plans to try marijuana either, saying, "I just don't feel like it.And I don't want to smoke anything because I sing".
So it doesn't exactly comes as too much of a surprise when Swift reveals that while she has tried alcohol, she's "not a drinker," adding: "I'm not like, 'Man, it's my favorite thing to do,' and I don't drink to get drunk because that's just not cute."
"It would be really easy to say 'I'm 21 now, I do what I want. You raise your kids!'" Swift says. "But it's not the truth of it. The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation."
Swift's success can easily be attributed to the fact that she is seen as a role model for the younger generation. Her modest look and clean lyrics appeal to parents who want to expose their children to these positive influences. It is safe to say that more children will be waking up Christmas morning to find Taylor's new album "Red" under the tree, as opposed to Nicki Minaj's latest "Roman Reloaded," featuring hits such as "Sex in the Lounge" and "Whip It."
“She seems completely honest, whether it’s in her music or interviews,” said Annie Reuter, a freelance music journalist who recently interviewed Swift for Marie Clare. “She lets the whole world know that in high school she wasn’t the popular girl. I think that’s what people find relatable — she’s an everyday girl.”
“I think people like that there isn’t a lot of drama around her,” said Ken Tucker, managing editor of Country Weekly. “In a story I’m doing on her, we listed 13 reasons why we love Taylor Swift and one of them was basically that she’s the anti-Lindsay Lohan. Yes, there’s headlines about who she’s dating but that’s it. You’re not reading about her getting a DUI or being too revealing in terms of her clothing. She’s wholesome and I think people like that. That’s a refreshing change.”
The success of Taylor Swift flies in the face of seemingly every element it takes to be a female mega-star in today’s pop world. The singer-songwriter doesn’t have a sexualized image, she doesn’t make transparent bids for media attention, and her songs are introspective and confessional, not gimmicky and exhibitionist.
22 year-old Taylor Swift is a six-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in
history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year
(for Fearless, released in 2008). Her 2010 album, Speak Now, was lauded on Rolling
Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time
magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in the town of Wyomissing, just outside of Reading, Pennsylvania. Taylor's mother and father, Andrea and Scott, owned a Christmas tree farm. Andrea stayed at home with Taylor and her younger brother, Austin. Scott was a stockbrocker, but his job also allowed him to stay home with the kids. After working from home, he would go out and tend to the farm. They spent a lot of time together as a family.
In many ways, Taylor Swift is an average teenager. She loves to go shopping and eat cheesecake. She can't live without her cellphone and she can recite every line from Napoleon Dynamite. She loves the color pink and the drama of Grey's Anatomy. Like other girls her age, she hangs out with friends and gabs about boys. But unlike your average teen, she's also a famous singer and songwriter.
Although Swift is no longer a teen, her fans (many of which are still teens) feel like they have grown up with her. Her career started when she was eleven, and her earlier work reflects her preteen and those awkward adolescent/teen years. Now in her early twenties, many would agree she is just as relatable as ever.
Taylor holds the Billboard records for the Most Top 10 Debuts in the History of the
Hot 100 Chart, the Most Charting Songs from One Album in a Single Week, and the
Longest Charting Album on the Top 200 Chart. Speak Now is listed in the Guinness
Book of World Records as the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist.