Taylor Swift is an American singer-songwriter and pop artist, hailing from Pennsylvania. Born in 1989, she was a teenage sensation, establishing herself as a leading country artist in the influential Nashville scene.
Her work in the naughties centred around a country-pop crossover sound. It wasn't until her fourth album, Red, that Swift began to branch out from her roots, taking in a more expansive pop, rock, and electronic palette.
1989, released in 2014 and Reputation, released in 2017, further explored electronic and synth-pop genres, yielding massive hits like Shake it Off, Blank Space,Bad Blood and several more chart-toppers which cemented her culturally iconic status.
Even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, Swift released two critically acclaimed albums, titled Folklore and Evermore. In these releases, Taylor Swift ventured into indie, folk and electronic territories, with the help of long-time collaborator Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner of The National.
Taylor Swift's career hasn't been immune from controversy either. Locked in a battle for possession of the original masters across her 12-year contract with Big Machine Records, she has taken a unique approach to the question of ownership.
Swift is embarking on the task of re-recording her entire catalogue. With her albums Fearless and Red able to be ordered from her website under the moniker of 'Taylor's Version'.
Such is the power of Swift and her millions-strong fanbase that she is able to take back control of her catalogue.