Taylor Swift: An Intrepid Fighter

The Music Industry has a lot of artists but only a few have a long-lasting impact. Well, I’m going to tell you about someone who has had a deep impact on me and has been an everlasting source of inspiration to me.

Taylor Swift, unlocking the locked hearts of her fans, by speaking the words which were mutual, the unspoken feelings, which were portrayed through every song of her she took away billions of hearts.

The story behind her passion for music goes like this…Her grandmother was a singer too, which was her first inspiration, and then Taylor soon followed her path by showing her love towards music. She discovered her love for music when one day, her computer wasn’t working so her parents called a computer servicing guy so that her computer could get into work as she had to do her homework, that time that computer servicing guy saw a guitar in one corner of her room and he asked Taylor after seeing that guitar that if she plays it or not, but she didn’t know how to play the guitar. Then that guy told her to come I’ll teach you to play a few chords of it. That created the spark for her love for music. She used to sing songs in her house with a guitar in her hand playing it which she has shared in social media. I still remember that in one shared video of her she explained how nervous she was before presenting her first performance in a basketball game event,  in front of the “big basketball team members” at a very early age of 11. She sang “The Star-Spangled Banner”, overcoming her fear (no wonder her album was named Fearless).

Her First Performance

We were busy watching cartoons at the age of 11, or still now, but look at her! Special Kid right? Just after that performance of her,  the spark in her to understand or realize her hobby for writing songs, and thus she followed her hobby and passion and started writing songs.

When she relentlessly requested her parents to give her a trip to Nashville. Seeing her passion for music, her family shifted to Tennessee. She used to visit Nashville, for her musical performances. There at the age of 13, she used to work under a Label record of RCA, where she used to sing songs written by her, but they never used to appreciate her or let her release an album. So, Taylor decided to leave.  Her performance at “THE BLUEBIRD CAFÉ” in Nashville got a contract with Big Machines Records(which was not yet well established) but then Scott told Taylor to sing her music and after her first album “BIG MACHINE RECORDS” became that top label.

Taylor and Scott Borchetta

She released her first single “ Tim McGraw” in 2006 which was one of her top hits in the Music Industry. And yeah there comes Taylor Swift’s fame and growth of love for her in the music industry and innumerable fans.

TAYLOR SWIFT: (2006)

She released her debut album, which came out in October 2006.  She named it by her name. “Taylor Swift”.

It had songs Invisible, Should’ve said no, A perfectly good heart, Teardrops on my guitar including her first song debut. It became one of the top albums, and fans showered love by buying 5 million copies. YES, 5 MILLION, IN 2006, NOT KIDDING! This led her to the limelight everywhere. Newspapers, magazines everywhere! She achieved her dream despite being a teenager! She won awards for her love for music and her footsteps in the music industry by gifting an album like “Taylor Swift”.

FEARLESS : (2008)

She released her second album in 2008.  She named it “FEARLESS”, I guess she proved herself one at a young age. It had songs like “White horse”, “You belong with me”, “Love Story”. Her FEARLESS album was in number 1 records of all time, posters, magazines, fans have already gone mad by the way she wrote the words in her song and sung it in a perfect musical way that touched their hearts and they formed a deep connection with Taylor. Magazines had titles like “GOD OF MUSIC, TAYLOR SWIFT”. Her fans were screaming and singing her songs. It was just what she wanted! AND SHE WON 4 GRAMMYS FOR FEARLESS! YES, 4 GRAMMYS!

She named it She won a GRAMMY for the category of “Best New Artist”, “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”  AND HER SINGLES TOO. HER CAREER WAS AT ITS PEAK.

LOVE STORY, YOU BELONG WITH ME, WAS NO. 1 IN CHARTS FOR SEVERAL WEEKS. She won hearts! Even mine! Such beautiful lyrics, words, which we, her fans can relate to! She just settled in everybody’s heart!

SUCCESS CAN’T BE DIGESTED BY FEW ARTISTS: (VMA 2009)

 In the VMA music awards when Taylor was receiving her BEST VIDEO AWARD for YOU BELONG WITH ME, KANYE WEST comes up on the stage, takes the mic from Taylor, and says “ Beyonce has the best videos of all time “. YEAH! EVEN I DIDN’T EXPECT THAT FROM  A PERSON LIKE KANYE WEST! I used to listen to him earlier, I had respect for him and he just converted that into hatred in a single moment. Imagine what Taylor would have been facing. She was confused that the audience sitting right in front of her was booing her or Kanye. At that moment she thought they were booing her, imagine the level of embarrassment she would’ve faced right on the stage in such a prestigious award show. She walked off the stage without giving a speech for the award she won! So sad!

KANYE later apologized to Taylor privately and publicly too! But the embarrassment is done already, right? A sorry is so less!

SPEAK NOW : (2010)

But she’s FEARLESS, she came up with a new album  “SPEAK NOW” despite being hurt after that award show! Why won’t she?

It was released in October 2010. It was one of the top albums to sell a million copies in a week, hitting the top charts for consecutive weeks with songs such as “MINE”, “ Enchanted”, “Back to December”.

It was nominated for 3 GRAMMY awards. She won the BEST SINGLES for the song “MEAN”. Fans were falling in love with her more and more after the release of each album. It was also marked up as one of the top albums by the Music Industry at that time.

She also released her SPEAK NOW WORLD TOUR album which was also highly appreciated by her fans by buying several copies. She’s the new god of the music industry.

RED: (2012)

Her fourth album, where she discussed romanticisms, referring to the color RED as FIERCE. It was released in October 2012 and named it as “RED”. It shifted to pop culture.

It was in top charts for a long time which included songs like “WE ARE NOT GETTING BACK TOGETHER “, “I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE”. She collaborated with artists like Ed Sheeran. Her album got nominated for GRAMMY.

Her RED world tour was one of the highest GROSSING tours, where tickets were sold within 2 minutes. Fans wore clothes that had her name, made tattoos of her name and album songlines and when she would sing, everyone would sing along with her. That was her relationship with her Fans.

Rumors:

Taylor had several model friends, she used to party with them and enjoyed weekends. Media came out with points like “She’s too skinny”, “She has so many model friends but looks at her”. Digging up personal life made Taylor conscious about her style, her body. She felt body shamed. Her friends, GIGI HADID, Karlie Kloss, Martha hunt and so many came to be with her during that hard time when she felt insecure about her body. They were with her as best friends. Selena Gomez(her closest friend), Elie Goulding, and so many singers were with her during that time.

 

 

The media had said ”She has too many boyfriends”, “She can’t stick to one guy for long”. When people can’t see much success they try to make you fall by emotionally drowning you. Taylor couldn’t bear this, she cried, she broke but she always mentioned her only constant of all time. HER MOM. From Day 1 of her musical life to this date the person who always had her back was her mother. She recovered, she tried to move on all because her mom, friends, and as always she said: “IT’S HER FANS WHO GIVE STRENGTH TO WAKE UP DAILY AND WRITE SONGS”.

1989 : (2012)

As she was labeled as a girl who has too many boyfriends, she took it as a phase of her life to writing songs on how she felt when they called her that. She wrote one album called 1989. QUEEN isn’t she? YESS!

It had songs like “BAD BLOOD(ft. KENDRICK LAMAR)”, “BLANK SPACE “, “THIS LOVE “, “ WILDEST DREAM” and so many hits. That album broke records. The album sold a million copies in one week. CRAZYYYY, her album had songs which we, her fans could relate to another level. She made a music video of BAD BLOOD, featuring KENDRICK LAMAR, and her friends who were in the video playing few roles in her videos such as GIGI, SELENA, ELIE, SEREHA, KARLIE KLOSS, ZENDAYA, HAYLEY WILLIAM, JESSICA ALBA and so many.

Her album was breaking all records, BAD BLOOD video broke records of the total number of views in 24 hours with 20.1 million views. BEST COLLABORATION AWARDS, BEST ALBUM, ARTIST OF THE YEAR, BEST SINGLES(SHAKE IT OFF being the most catchy song followed by BLANK SPACE) IT SURPASSED ALL PEAKS, TAYLOR HAS BECOME NUMBER 1 FEMALE ARTIST OF THAT TIME. I GUESS THAT WAS A TIGHT SLAP TO THE EMOTIONAL DIG WHICH MEDIA TOOK? HAHA! SHE THANKED HER FANS AND SHE TOLD ITS YOU FOR WHOM I GET THIS!

That’s my favorite album of her, 1989 world tour being one of the top-grossing world tours where tickets were sold in seconds. Stadiums filled with fans with posters of 1989, songlines written on their body. 1989 world tour had amazing artists in it too whom Taylor invited and they came too such as CHARLIE XCX, FIFTH HARMONY TEAM, SELENA, LISA(PHOEBE FROM FRIENDS), LORDE, THE WEEKND  and so many! Fans couldn’t stop falling in love with her.

She was one of the top paid artists in the list along with Rihanna, Lady Gaga. She used her money to fund her “Taylor Swift Education center” at the country music hall of fame in Nashville. QUEEN for so many reasons!

HER FANS SINGING SONGS WITH HER IN HER CONCERTS MADE HER EMOTIONAL, THIS IS WHAT SHE WANTED! THE LOVE HER FANS SHOWERED, MADE HER NUMBER 1 ARTISTS OF ALL TIME!

In her award acceptance speech, she told how to not get affected by what others think as haters will make attempts to make you fall. She also said to not lose focus on what you are doing, if you are persistent in what you are doing no one can do any harm to you or your work!

THE ENERVATED AND PAINFUL BREAKDOWNS:

Katy Perry and Taylor were really good friends, from partying to sharing with all the good wishes until they fell in love with the same guy. It broke their friendship and Taylor in one interview mentioned that Katy told her few words which pinched her so bad that she gave a thought on whether they were friends before or not.

It sorted out later,  Katy said it was a miscommunication between them.

David Mueller, a radio DJ, was accused of grabbing Taylor’s back. SUCH A SHAMEFUL ACT! Taylor came out with it later when she thought she can’t let men treat girls like this every time where women shutting their mouths would give those cheap heads more power to do wrong. She filed a case on sexual assault and yeah he was arrested. Though he denied thanks to the media, they could click the image at that time which gave her case a shred of evidence.

AND GUYS HERE COMES NONE OTHER THAN, KANYE WEST, WITH HIS WIFE KIM KARDASHIAN.

He released a song called “Famous” in the year 2016 where he added a line referring to Taylor as “I MADE THAT BITCH FAMOUS”. Such a jerk isn’t it? Later when Taylor said that it’s wrong as when Kanye called her to ask if he can add her in his song he never mentioned that he’ll call her “BITCH”.  Kim Kardashian, his wife uploaded an edited video of her Husband and Taylor speaking on the phone, which gave fake edited evidence where Kanye mentioned to call her a bitch and she accepted it. Taylor said this is not the actual clip, but she didn’t have any evidence then to prove that it’s wrong it’s fake. Kim called her “SNAKE” by saving her fake minded husband. HOW CAN A GIRL DO THIS ANOTHER GIRL? YIKES.

TWITTER GOT IT TRENDING “TAYLOR SWIFT IS FAKE”, “TAYLOR SWIFT IS OFF PARTY”, “ TAYLOR GO AWAY!”. In Kanye’s concert, his fans use to scream that “I MADE THAT BITCH FAMOUS” ALOUD “FUCK TAYLOR SWIFT”.IMAGINE, a stadium full of people shouting that! NEWSPAPER S, MAGAZINES “TAYLOR SWIFT IS FAKE” which once wrote “ TAYLOR IS THE GOD OF MUSIC ”. “TIMES CHANGE, PEOPLE CHANGE, MEMORIES REMAIN SAME “ was proved in front of her eyes. She went into depression after that! She disappeared,  she couldn’t bear the hatred for her which should be for the one who was gaining fame out there.

HER MOM BELIEVED IN HER, HER DAD, HER FRIENDS, THEY BECAME HER STRENGTH, SHE USED TO CRY DAILY REMEMBERING THE HATRED SHE’S GETTING WHICH SHE DOESN’T DESERVE. SHE DIDN’T SHOW HER FACE OR PHYSICALLY APPEAR OUTSIDE.

BUT SHE USES EVERY INCIDENT OF HER LIFE TO WRITE A SONG ON. TAYLOR, CAME OUT OF IT AND WROTE A ALBUM WHICH WAS SO UNEXPECTED FROM HER MUSIC GENRE. SHE CAME OUT AS ANGRY QUEEN USING HER SONGS TO KILL HATRED IN THE FANS.

RECENTLY TAYLOR, POSTED THE ACTUAL VIDEO WHERE KANYE WAS NOT TELLING THAT HE WILL REFER AS A S BITCH IN THAT SONG. BOOOM! TRUTH WILL COME OUT ONE DAY! IT CAN’T BE HIDDEN SO IT DID. A TIGHT SLAP TO THE FAKE COUPLE OF THE COUNTRY “ KIM AND KANYE ”, Kim still tried to tell it false but the evidence was strong enough to prove her fake!! yasssss, QUEEN!

REPUTATION: (2017)

It was a rivalry, hate, defeat enriched album where she explains, you have to turn yourself bad when people do bad to you and you have to leave before people leave!! It was released in 2017.

It had songs like “LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO” which broke records of the total number of views in 24 hours. That song is about how you have to turn yourself bad when people do bad to you. It had collaborations with ED SHEERAN and THE FUTURE for her song “END GAME”. It had many other songs such as “I DID SOMETHING BAD”, “DON’T BLAME ME”, “GORGEOUS “, breaking all the records being in top charts for a long time! She received Top album award, top-selling album award, she was nominated for GRAMMY.

WORKS OTHER THAN MUSIC:

  • She has her own “TAYLOR SWIFT EDUCATION CENTER” where music is being taught to the kids who love music.
  • She wrote letters to the young people to vote, and not let that voting day go waste because only the young can run.
  • She fights for every wrong thing which is done to a female community.
  • She created a petition for Equality rights, supporting the LGBTQ community.

LOVER: (2019)

After a few weeks of reputation release, remember her label record for whom she worked? “BIG LABEL RECORDS?” Schott Borchetta tried to hurt her by owning the tag of her albums and dismantling her by not letting her buy her works with her label tag. This made Taylor angry and thus she left that record label and when she wanted to make her record they told her she can’t do it and started tweeting “We own all her albums till date”, “She’s nothing without us”. This broke her and she came up with a song called “THE MAN”, where she explains how society is ruled by masculinity and she tells that she could have achieved a few things earlier if she was a MAN.

This album was an album that was dedicated to LOVE more and that’s why she named it as “LOVER”. She got her constant love with whom she realized and believed love is beautiful. She met JOE ALYWN during an award show and “LONDON BOY” took her heart away and from that time they are together. It’s her eighth album released in August 2019.

Before releasing the album she released her singles “ME! Ft. Brendon Urie”, which broke all a record of the number of views on youtube in 24 hours by gaining 65.2 billion views. It’s the 3rd ranked video in the total number of views in 24 hours. Then came “YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN” where she collaborated with LGBTQ people and dedicated a song on how people should calm their minds while seeing them and not referring to that love as not acceptable.

Her brilliant work has always made her Artist of the year, and also Album of the year, best pop album, best singles, female artist of the year (billboards awards).

ALWAYS BEING SURPRISED BY EVERY AWARD, NO EGO, NO OVERCONFIDENCE, NO SUPERIORITY, ONLY ONE LINE “THANK YOU FANS”.

She’s wearing a shirt which has labels of her previous albums which “BIG LABEL RECORDS” snatched away from her and told her she doesn’t own them. She dances and mentions about her record names in the video song, as well as when she performed in AMA’s claiming Masculinity can’t change the truth.

AND RECENTLY SHE IS BEING AWARDED THE  “ARTIST OF THE DECADE”.

Indeed she is! She grew up in front of her fans, sharing her heartbreaks, breakups, happiness, sadness through her songs coming closer and closer to us. She’s really “THE QUEEN”.  She shared her documentary with us which gave us a life lesson on how to cope up with failure and how to stand against wrong. She also proved that “TRUTH COMES OUT ONE DAY “ and “LOVE HAS NO GENDER”.

 And she urges the Young to stand for what’s wrong and says she can only try helping people with whatever she has but at the same time at the end of her documentary she releases a song saying “ONLY THE YOUNG, CAN RUN”.

WE REALLY NEED ARTISTS LIKE HER TO BE OUR INSPIRATION!

YOU ALREADY OWN BILLIONS OF HEART TAYLOR!

WE LOVE YOU!

 

-Rangon Dutta

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