Taylor Swift’s charm as the country-pop girl-next-door has cemented her place as one of the most popular musicians of her time. But with the Reputation album, she seems to have shed the persona that made her famous in the first place.
Taylor Swift has always been the beautiful yet dorky country queen who could buy a $17 million house in Rhode Island (in cash) and still somehow appear as relatable to the masses. So, what happened to Taylor Swift? New music like “Look What You Made Me Do” and “ME!” seem like a drastic pivot from that relatable image, and a juvenile attempt to swerve back into her good girl persona, respectively.
Taylor Swift now seems uncertain of how to get back on steady ground, and shaky hits like “You Need to Calm Down” and its muddled meaning aren’t helping. Was its music video about LGBTQ+ rights, or the alleged end of the Katy Perry Taylor Swift feud? Perhaps the rest of the songs from the Lover album will bring the songstress back to her peak. But with the seemingly endless Taylor Swift Kanye West feud, which brought about all of the memes of her wanting to be “excluded from this narrative,” and perhaps the first Taylor Swift concert to not sell out immediately, it looks like the star is slipping.
But what do you think about Taylor Swift today? Are you still obsessed with Taylor Swift and her cats, the 1989 World Tour, and her new music? Vote about it! If you think the singer’s peak was in 2018, vote up the Reputation Tour. Or vote for Taylor hugging Katy Perry in her latest video if you’re down with Taylor Swift 2019. Or maybe you think Tay-Tay's been off her game for a while, in which case you'd probably pick the Taylor Swift Grammys win in 2009.
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- Sold 1.287 million copies in the first week
- Eight wins at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards
- Spent 21 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100, the most of any artist
- Won Grammys for Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video (for "Bad Blood")
- Top singles: "Shake It Off," "Blank Space," "Bad Blood," "Style"
- Broke the record for highest-grossing domestic tour by a woman, earning $181.5 million in 2015 alone
- Earned $250 million in primary tickets worldwide
- Made Taylor the top-grossing touring artist of the year
- Made headlines for the tour's guest stars including: Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Cara Delevingne, Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, Heidi Klum, Mick Jagger, Steven Tyler, Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Jason Derulo, Fetty Wap, Beck, Alanis Morissette, Lorde, Lena Dunham, Ellen DeGeneres, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Kobe Bryant, the US Women's Soccer Team, etc.
- Almost five years after Taylor Swift's Rolling Stone cover story where she talks about a celebrity frenemy
- "She did something so horrible. I was like, 'Oh, we're just straight-up enemies.'"
- Four years after "Bad Blood" dropped
- Video criticized for making the supposed "gay anthem" about the Taylor and Katy reconciliation instead of LGBTQ+ rights
- Broke Taylor's previous record for highest-grossing domestic tour by a woman
- Grossed $266.1 million (with 2 million tickets sold) domestically
- Broke the record for highest-grossing tour in the US since The Rolling Stones grossed $245 million for their A Bigger Bang Tour in 2005-2007