Taylor Swift Biography
With her teenage girl diary lyrics and infectious country-pop hooks, Taylor Swift has single-handedly introduced the sounds of Nashville to a younger generation, becoming America’s National Sweetheart in the process. Born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1989, she travelled to Broadway for acting lessons as a youngster, but after discovering the likes of Faith Hill and Shania Twain, opted to pursue a career in country music instead. Before she had even reached her teens, she’d opened for Charlie Daniels, performed “The Star Spangled Banner” at various sporting events and began writing her own songs. After moving to Tennessee with her family, she secured a deal with Big Machine Records aged just 15 and released her self-titled debut in 2006. Described as a cross between Patsy Cline and Britney Spears by Rolling Stone magazine, it reached No.5 on the Billboard charts, spawned two No.1 country singles, “Should’ve Said No” and “Our Song,” and a US Hot 100 crossover hit, “Teardrops On My Guitar.” Swift then opened for a number of more established acts including Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley, whilst in 2007, she became the youngest ever artist to be named the Nashville Songwriters Association Artist of the Year. In 2008, she released her first chart-topping album, Fearless, Taylor Swift tickets for a tour of the same name and the biggest-selling country single of all time, “Love Story.” Swift then received a plethora of honours including four Grammys, the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year and an MTV Video Music Award for “You Belong To Me,” where her acceptance speech was famously interrupted by Kanye West. Following collaborations with John Mayer, Colbie Caillat and Boys Like Girls, she made her big-screen debut in romantic comedy Valentine’s Day and wrote all twelve songs on her second US No.1, Speak Now, whilst over 1.6 million Taylor Swift tickets were sold for its subsequent 13-month, 111-date world tour. In 2012, she contributed two songs to The Hunger Games soundtrack, duetted with B.o.B on Top 20 single, “Both Of Us,” and scored her first US Hot 100 number one with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” Its parent album, Red, achieved the highest opening first-week sales for over a decade to debut at the top spot before Taylor Swift tickets went on sale for a 60-date North America tour across 2013.
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Taylor Swift Tour Dates
"1989 World Tour" Dates
May 20, 2015 - Bossier City, La. at CenturyLink Center
May 22, 2015 - Baton Rouge, La. at LSU Tiger Stadium
May 30, 2015 - Detroit, Mich. at Ford Field
June 2, 2015 - Louisville, Ky. at KFC Yum! Center
June 3, 2015 - Cleveland, Ohio at Quicken Loans Arena
June 6, 2015 - Pittsburgh, Pa. at Heinz Field
June 8, 2015 - Charlotte, N.C. at Time Warner Cable Arena
June 9, 2015 - Raleigh, N.C. at PNC Arena
June 13, 2015 - Philadelphia, Pa. at Lincoln Financial Field
June 20, 2015 - Cologne, Germany at Lanxess Arena
June 21, 2015 - Amsterdam, Netherlands at Ziggo Dome
June 23, 2015 - Glasgow, Scotland at The SSE Hydro
June 24, 2015 - Manchester, England at Arena
June 27, 2015 - London, England at British Summertime Hyde Park
July 6, 2015 - Ottawa, Ontario at Canadian Tire Centre
July 7, 2015 - Montreal, Quebec at Bell Centre
July 11, 2015 - East Rutherford, N.J. at MetLife Stadium
July 13, 2015 - Washington, D.C. at Nationals Park
July 18, 2015 - Chicago, Ill. at Soldier Field
July 24 & 25, 2015 - Foxborough, Mass. at Gillette Stadium
August 1, 2015 - Vancouver, B.C. at BC Place Stadium
August 4 & 5, 2015 - Edmonton, Alberta at Rexall Place
August 8, 2015 - Seattle, Wash. at CenturyLink Field
August 15, 2015 - Santa Clara, Calif. at Levi’s Stadium
August 17 & 18, 2015 - Glendale, Ariz. at Gila River Arena
August 25 & 26, 2015 - Los Angeles, Calif. at Staples Center
August 29, 2015 - San Diego, Calif. at PETCO Park
September 4, 2015 - Salt Lake City, Utah at EnergySolutions Arena
September 5 & 6, 2015 - Denver, Colo. at Pepsi Center
September 9, 2015 - Fargo, N.D. at Fargodome
September 11 & 12, 2015 - St. Paul, Minn. at Xcel Energy Center
September 16, 2015 - Indianapolis, Ind. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse
September 17 & 18, 2015 - Columbus, Ohio at Nationwide Arena
September 21 & 22, 2015 - Kansas City, Mo. at Sprint Center
September 25 & 26, 2015 - Nashville, Tenn. at Bridgestone Arena
October 2 & 3, 2015 - Toronto, Ontario at Rogers Centre
October 8, 2015 - Des Moines, Iowa at Wells Fargo Arena
October 9 & 10, 2015 - Omaha, Neb. at CenturyLink Center
October 13 & 14, 2015 - St. Louis, Mo. at Scottrade Center
October 17, 2015 - Dallas, Texas at AT&T Stadium
October 20, 2015 - Lexington, Ky. at Rupp Arena
October 21, 2015 Greensboro, N.C. at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
October 24, 2015 - Atlanta, Ga. at Georgia Dome
October 27, 2015 - Miami, Fla. at American Airlines Arena
October 31, 2015 - Tampa, Fla. at Raymond James Stadium
Taylor Swift News
1-16-15: Taylor Swift will begin the first North American leg of her 1989 World Tour at the CenturyLink Center in Louisiana on May 20. The “Blank Space” singer will tour the U.S. and Canada exclusively through October, where she wraps at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on October 31.
1-14-15: 25 days remain before Taylor Swift is scheduled to perform at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on February 8. She’ll then play the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London on February 25.
1-12-15: Taylor Swift will perform at this year’s Grammy Awards, which will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 8. The 25-year-old pop superstar will play her first show of the New Year in L.A. and will serve as a warmup to her 1989 World Tour that begins in May. The singer is slated to hit North America starting May 20 and will perform across the U.S. and Canada through the end of October.
1-9-15: Taylor Swift won three People’s Choice Awards Wednesday night, taking home awards for Best Female Artist, Favorite Pop Artist and Favorite Song for “Shake It Off”. The victories come just four months prior to Swift’s mega 1989 World Tour, which is slated to hit North America in mid-May and run through the end of October.
1-7-15: After denying rumors about dating Bradley Cooper, Taylor Swift has also received positive news from country star Eric Church, who recently took to the press to announce his affection for the 25-year-old’s latest release, 1989. Swift is slated to begin her 1989 World Tour in May with two dates at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
1-5-15: Following a performance in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, Taylor Swift will take the month of January off before heading to the 2015 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London on February 25. She’ll begin her 1989 World Tour at the Tokyo Dome on May 5.
12-24-14: USA TODAY has named Taylor Swift 2014’s Artist of the Year. The world’s biggest pop star continues her onslaught on the music industry in the weeks following her latest release, 1989. She is slated to begin her 1989 World Tour in May and will likely dominate the secondary ticket market in sales in 2015. Her most recent RED Tour grossed more than $150 million.
12-22-14: Taylor Swift has let her fans and the media know of the outpouring of support she received from celebrities in the wake of pulling her music from Spotify last month. The country-turned-pop star will embark on the North American leg of her upcoming 1989 World Tour on May 20 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, beginning a six-month stint across the U.S. and Canada.
12-19-14: Taylor Swift appears on the cover of Hollywood Reporter’s “Rule Breakers 2014” issue dressed in a blue gown in a rabid pose, pulling her hair and screaming at the camera. The magazine shoot is just another huge publicity step for Swift, who has had a milestone year in the wake of releasing her latest album 1989. The record sold more than 1.2 million copies in its first week, surpassing Eminem’s 2002 release The Eminem Show as highest first week of album sales ever.
12-17-14: Just days after throwing an elaborate birthday bash to celebrate her 25th year, Taylor Swift will now ready to perform a New Year’s Eve concert in Times Square in conjunction with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, which has been hosted by Ryan Seacrest since 2006. Swift embarks on her 1989 World Tour in May with three dates scheduled in Tokyo.
12-16-14: Taylor Swift will take some time off before her next show, which is scheduled for New Year’s Eve in Times Square as part of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. She’ll embark on her 1989 World Tour in May, making two stops in Tokyo before hitting the states later in the month.
12-12-14: Taylor Swift will play Z100 and KROQ’s Jingle Ball concert at New York City’s Madison Square Garden tonight. The singer will then play the grand opening of the Taylor Swift Experience at The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Saturday. Her 1989 World Tour will begin in May, with dates currently scheduled across the world through next December.
12-10-14: Taylor Swift will play her next show at Z100’s Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday. The singer is scheduled to embark on her 1989 World Tour in May, beginning with three dates in Tokyo and traveling to North America for a six-month stint across the continent.
12-8-14: Taylor Swift will appear at Z100’s Jingle Ball concert at Madison Square Garden this Friday. The singer is scheduled to embark on her massive 1989 World Tour in May, starting in Japan and making her way to North American arenas and stadiums later that month.
12-5-14: Taylor Swift will perform at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball concert tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The singer will then travel across the pond for a show at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday in conjunction with the London Jingle Ball concert, where she will perform alongside Ed Sheeran.
12-1-14: The 1989 World Tour will begin next May in Tokyo, Japan. Taylor Swift has enjoyed substantial success in the weeks following her latest album release, 1989. The singer will embark on a six-month excursion across the globe beginning in May and has announced dates through next October.
11-26-14: Taylor Swift will play her next show at the Staples Center for the L.A. Jingle Ball on December 5. The pop singer will play a string of dates through December, wrapping with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on December 31, before beginning her 1989 World Tour in May of next year.
11-24-14: Taylor Swift performed her hit single “Blank Space” at the AMAs last night while also collecting the Dick Clark Award for Excellence, which is given to an artist who accomplishes historic feats in their career. Swift has made the record books for three consecutive albums that have sold more than one million copies worldwide, with “Speak Now”, “Red” and her latest “1989” all surpassing that number.
11-7-14: Earlier this week, Taylor Swift and her management pulled all of the singer’s songs from the popular streaming service Spotify. While it hasn’t been officially stated, the move was likely made to increase album sales for Swift’s latest record, 1989, which was released last week. Swift is set to embark on a massive world tour in support of the album and will hit the road in May of next year.
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Five Most Expensive Shows on 1989 Tour
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|The Red Tour (2013-14)
|1989 Tour (2015)
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