Taylor Swift is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. It was released by Big Machine Records on October 24, 2006, in the United States and Canada, and March 18, 2008, internationally. Swift had signed with Sony/ATV Tree publishing house in 2004, at age 14, to pursue a career as a country musician. Her contract with Big Machine in 2005 enabled her to work on the album during her first high school year.
Five singles supported Taylor Swift, including the Hot Country Songs number-ones “Our Song” and “Should’ve Said No”, and Swift’s first top-15 entry on the Billboard Hot 100, “Teardrops on My Guitar”. Swift promoted the album through social network Myspace, which journalists found atypical for a country musician’s marketing strategy. She embarked on a six-month radio tour in 2006, and opened tours for other country artists throughout 2006 and 2007. Critics praised the album’s mainstream sensibility and Swift’s songwriting at a young age for earnestly depicting adolescent sentiments. Taylor Swift was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2008 Academy of Country Music Awards and helped Swift earn accolades including a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist.
The album spent 24 weeks at number one on Top Country Albums and peaked at number five on the Billboard 200, becoming the longest-charting album of the 2000s decade. Certified seven times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), it made Swift the first solo female country artist to write or co-write every song on a platinum debut album. Journalists attributed Taylor Swift‘s success to Swift’s online marketing via Myspace, which ushered in a younger demographic in country audiences who had mainly consisted of middle-aged listeners. The album’s crossover appeal shaped the country pop style of Swift’s next two albums, and its autobiographical narratives about love and heartbreak inspired a subsequent generation of singer-songwriters.
Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. Her discography spans multiple genres, and her songwriting—often inspired by her personal life—has received critical praise and wide media coverage. Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville at age 14 to become a country artist. She signed a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 2004 and a recording contract with Big Machine Records in 2005. Her 2006 self-titled debut album made her the first female country singer to write or co-write a U.S. platinum-certified album entirely.
Swift’s next albums, Fearless (2008) and Speak Now (2010), explored country pop. The former’s “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me” were the first country songs to top the U.S. pop and all-genre airplay charts, respectively. She experimented with rock and electronic styles on Red (2012), which featured her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, and eschewed her country image in her synth-pop album, 1989 (2014), supported by chart-topping songs “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, and “Bad Blood”. Media scrutiny inspired the urban-flavored Reputation (2017) and its number-one single “Look What You Made Me Do”.
Exiting Big Machine, Swift signed with Republic Records in 2018 and released her seventh studio album, Lover (2019), followed by the autobiographical documentary Miss Americana (2020). She ventured into indie folk and alternative rock in her 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore, whose singles “Cardigan” and “Willow” topped the Hot 100. Swift began re-recording her first six albums after a dispute over their masters, re-releasing two in 2021—Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version). The latter’s “All Too Well (10 Minute Version)” became the longest song to top the Hot 100. Her tenth album Midnights (2022) and its lead single “Anti-Hero” broke numerous streaming records. Swift has self-directed music videos and films, such as All Too Well: The Short Film (2021), and had supportive acting roles in others.
Having sold over 200 million records globally, Swift is one of the best-selling musicians of all time. She is the most streamed woman on Spotify, and the only act to have five albums open with over one million copies sold in the US. Among her accolades are 11 Grammy Awards, including three Album of the Year wins; an Emmy Award; 40 American Music Awards; 29 Billboard Music Awards; and 92 Guinness World Records. Swift has been featured in rankings such as Rolling Stone‘s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, Billboard‘s Greatest of All Time Artists, the Time 100 and Forbes Celebrity 100. Honored with titles such as Artist of the Decade and Woman of the Decade, Swift is an advocate for artists’ rights and women’s empowerment. Her music is credited with influencing a generation of singer-songwriters.
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What is Taylor Swift’s favorite song?
Taylor Swift Says This ‘Midnights’ Track Is One of Her ‘Favorite Songs’ She’s Ever Written.
What is Taylor Swift’s best song?
- “This Is Me Trying,” Folklore (2020) …
- “Run,” Red (Taylor’s Version) (2021) …
- “Stay Stay Stay,” Red (2012) …
- “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince,” Lover (2019) …
- “Gold Rush,” Evermore (2020) …
- “The Best Day,” Fearless (2008) …
- “Paper Rings,” Lover (2019)