Taylor Swift’s Journey to Superstardom
Taylor Swift is one of the most successful artists in the music industry today. She has made an incredible journey from being a nobody to achieving superstar status. Let’s take a look at her journey to the top:
1. Writing Songs at Age 12
Taylor started writing songs at the age of 12, which is when she also learned how to play guitar. Soon after, she began performing her songs at local karaoke contests and had her first professional performance at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee when she was only 14 years old.
2. 2006 Self-Titled Debut Album
In 2006, Taylor released her self-titled debut album, which was a critical and commercial success. It featured the hit singles “Tim McGraw” and “Our Song,” both of which reached #1 on the Billboard Country charts and achieved platinum status.
3. Massive International Success
Taylor’s follow up albums – Fearless (2008) and Speak Now (2010) – cemented her status as an international superstar. Both albums topped the Billboard 200 for weeks, and Fearless won her a Grammy for Album of the Year. In addition, she became the third female artist in history to have an album sell more than a million copies in one week.
4. Fearless World Tour
In 2010, Taylor embarked on the Fearless World Tour, which took her across the globe and included more than 85 shows. The tour was met with rave reviews, with many critics praising her energy and stage presence.
5. Move to Pop
In late 2012, Taylor released her fourth album Red, which marked a major shift in her sound towards pop music. The album was an instant success and propelled Taylor to the summit of pop music. The album spawn several mega-hit singles, such as “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and “22,” both of which topped the Billboard Hot 100.
6. Sold-Out World Tours
Taylor has gone on to embark on two major world tours in the last five years – The Red Tour and The 1989 Tour. Both were massive successes, both commercially and critically, and were attended by millions of fans around the world.
7. Record-Breaking Achievements
Taylor has achieved a plethora of record-breaking accomplishments in her career, such as being the first female artist to have two albums exceed one million sales in their first week. She is also one of only three artists in history to sell more than 10 million albums.
Taylor Swift has come a long way since her first songwriting endeavor at age 12, and today she stands firmly as one of the most successful musicians in the world.