Republican senator Marsha Blackburn continued her feud with Taylor Swift in a recent interview, claiming that the pop star would be the “first victim” of the “Marxist” society she believes liberals are pushing for in America.
“Taylor Swift came after me in my 2018 campaign,” Ms. Blackburn, the GOP senator from Tennessee, recently told the right-wing news site, Breitbart. “But Taylor Swift would be the first victim of that because when you look at Marxist socialistic societies, they do not allow women to dress or sing or be on stage or to entertain or the type of music she would have. They don’t allow protection of private intellectual property rights.”
Blackburn also warned her supporters that country music is already under a subversive attack from within, saying the genre is in danger of becoming too “woke.”
“When you talk about country music,” said Blackburn, “and I know the left is all out now and trying to change country music and make it woke… When I’m talking to my friends who are musicians and entertainers, I say, ‘If we have a socialistic government, if we have Marxism, you are going to be the first ones who will be cut off because the state would have to approve your music.’”
Three days ago, Blackburn subtweeted Swift on Twitter, referencing her song “All Too Well” as she praised conservative singer Aaron Lewis, the Staind frontman turned belligerent country solo artist, for putting out an anti-liberal song. The Breitbart article Blackburn tweeted out noted that Lewis’ song “Am I the Only One” had nudged ahead of Swift’s new collaboration with Big Red Machine on the iTunes singles chart.
“Aaron Lewis’ song has resonated with the American people All Too Well,” read the shifty, Swiftie-baiting tweet.
Lewis’ song includes lines like: “Am I the only one who quits singing’ along, every time they play a Springsteen song?”
Blackburn may still be most famous across America for her feud with Swift first and as an avid challenger of the “tainted” 2020 election results only secondarily.
Swift broke her political silence in 2018 to come out against Blackburn’s campaign.
“Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. These are not MY Tennessee values,” the singer wrote at the time. Later, in the 2020 “Miss Americana” documentary, Swift was portrayed as discussing just how forcefully to come out against the woman who is now her home-state senator, telling cohorts, “She gets to be the first female senator in Tennessee, and she’s Trump in a wig. She represents no female interests.”
In the film, Swift revealed that she made the decision to take a political stance because Tennessee is her home state and she didn’t want it to be known for values contradictory to the ones she holds.
In her opposition to Blackburn, she cites the senator’s opposition to the renewal of the Violence Against Women Act (Blackburn voted for a Republican alternative, according to PolitiFact) and of her position on gay rights.
Swift tearfully says that Blackburn professes to represent Christian values, but said,
“I live in Tennessee. I am a Christian. This is not what we stand for.”
For her part, Blackburn has been complimentary of Swift, calling her “incredibly talented” and saying, “We’re fortunate that Nashville is the center of her creative universe.” She told Fox News last week that she had repeatedly tried to meet with Swift and wanted to “work with anyone who wants to improve the lives of Tennesseans.”
Born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, and based in Nashville, Tennessee, Swift signed with Sony/ATV Tree Publishing in 2004 to become a songwriter and with Big Machine Records in 2005 to become a country singer.
WHO IS TAYLOR SWIFT
Taylor Alison Swift is an American singer-songwriter. Her narrative songwriting, which often takes inspiration from her personal experiences, has received widespread media coverage and critical praise.
Her eponymous debut studio album (2006) included the Hot Country Songs number-one singles “Our Song” and “Should’ve Said No” and the pop radio crossover “Teardrops on My Guitar”.
Swift rose to mainstream prominence with her country-pop second studio album, Fearless (2008), which was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and featured the top-five singles “Love Story” and “You Belong with Me”.
Her third studio album, Speak Now (2010), blended country-pop with rock elements and furthered her crossover success with the top-ten singles “Mine” and “Back to December”.
Swift’s fourth studio album, Red (2012), saw greater musical experimentation beyond her country roots and drew inspiration from various pop, rock, and electronic genres.
She completed her transition to pop with her synth-pop fifth studio album, 1989 (2014) and expanded the electro-pop sound in its successor, Reputation (2017), which incorporated urban influences.
She released her seventh studio album, the retro-styled Lover, in 2019, amidst a dispute over the ownership of her back catalog following the expiration of her contract with Big Machine the year prior.
Swift then explored indie-folk and alternative rock in her 2020 studio albums, Folklore, and Evermore.
The six albums spawned a string of international top-five singles, including “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”, “I Knew You Were Trouble”, “Shake It Off”, “Blank Space”, “Bad Blood”, “Look What You Made Me Do”, “Me!”, “You Need to Calm Down”, “Cardigan” and “Willow”.
She also released the acclaimed documentaries Miss Americana and Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions in 2020.
With sales of over 200 million records worldwide, Swift is one of the best-selling music artists.
Her accolades include 11 Grammy Awards (including three Album of the Year wins), an Emmy Award, two Brit Awards, 11 MTV Video Music Awards (including two Video of the Year wins), 12 Country Music Association Awards, 25 Billboard Music Awards (the most wins by a woman), 32 American Music Awards (the most wins by an artist) and 35 Guinness World Records.
She ranked eighth on Billboard’s Greatest of All Time Artists Chart (2019) and was listed on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time (2015).
Swift has been included in various power rankings, such as Time’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2010, 2015, and 2019) and Forbes Celebrity 100 (placing first in 2016 and 2019).
QUOTES BY TAYLOR SWIFT.
- People haven’t always been there for me but music always has.
- When I was a little girl I used to read fairy tales. In fairy tales you meet Prince Charming and he’s everything you ever wanted. In fairy tales the bad guy is very easy to spot. The bad guy is always wearing a black cape so you always know who he is. Then you grow up and you realize that Prince Charming is not as easy to find as you thought. You realize the bad guy is not wearing a black cape and he’s not easy to spot; he’s really funny, and he makes you laugh, and he has perfect hair.
- To me, Fearlessness is not the absense of fear. It’s not being completely unafraid. To me, Fearless is having fears. Fearless is having doubts. Lots of them. To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death.
- I suffer from girlnextdooritis where the guy is friends with you and that’s it.
- This is a new year. A new beginning. And things will change.
- I took a chance, I took a shot
- And you may think I’m bullet-proof, but I’m not. You took a swing, I took it hard. And down here from the ground I see who you are.
- No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.
- Everybody has that point in their life where you hit a crossroads and you’ve had a bunch of bad days and there’s different ways you can deal with it and the way I dealt with it was I just turned completely to music.
- I never want to change so much that people can’t recognize me.
COUNTRY MUSIC CAREER
A stellar performance at The Bluebird Café in Nashville helped Swift get a contract with Scott Borchetta’s Big Machine Records.
She released her first single, “Tim McGraw,” in 2006, and the song became a Top 10 hit on the country charts.
It also appeared on her self-titled debut album in October of that same year, which went on to sell more than 5 million copies. More popular singles soon followed, including “Our Song,” a No. 1 country music hit. “Teardrops on My Guitar,” “Picture to Burn” and “Should’ve Said No” were also successful tracks.
Swift also received critical praise for her debut effort.
She won the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for Top New Female Vocalists in 2007.
Swift next released Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection that year. Her renditions of “Silent Night” and “Santa Baby” were modest hits on the country charts.
In 2008, Swift was nominated for a Grammy in the Best New Artist category and won other accolades, including the ACM’s Female Vocalist of the Year Award.
Around this same time, Swift released her next album, Fearless, which hit the top of both the country and pop charts and stayed there for 11 weeks. By the end of the year, Swift had become the highest-selling country artist of 2008.
TAYLOR SWIFT, VMA’S AND KANYE WEST.
Swift netted several awards for her work on Fearless, including Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for “Love Story” at the 2009 CMT Music Awards.
That year Swift also won the MTV Video Music Awards Best Female Video, for “You Belong With Me,” making her the first country music star to earn a VMA.
The win stirred controversy when rapper Kanye West leaped to the stage during Swift’s speech, took the microphone, and declared that R&B singer Beyoncé should have won Swift’s award.
The stunned Swift was unable to make her acceptance speech, and West was removed from the show. When Beyoncé accepted her award for Best Video of the Year later in the show, she called Swift to the stage to finish her speech.
West later apologized to Swift privately and made a public apology on The Jay Leno Show.
Swift’s second studio album, Fearless, was released in the United States on November 11, 2008.
The album debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Its sales of 592,304 were the highest debut of any country artist in 2008.
This is also the largest opening U.S. sales week in 2008 by a female artist in all genres of music, and the fourth biggest overall behind Lil Wayne, AC/DC, and Coldplay.
Its lead single “Love Story” became a hit on both the country and pop charts. During the first week of release, more than 129,000 of Swift’s sales were sold digitally.
This gives Swift the best online start for any country album in history. It also makes Swift the fourth biggest week for a digital album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking them in 2004.
Through its eighth week of release, Fearless has sold more than 338,467 downloads, making it the best-selling country album in digital history.
In second place is Swift’s debut Taylor Swift with sales of 236,046 downloads as of April 18, 2009.
In its debut week, seven songs in total on Fearless were charted on Billboard Hot 100, tying Swift with Miley Cyrus for the most by a female artist in a single week.
Of the 13 tracks on Fearless, 11 have already spent time on the Hot 100. “Change”, a song from the album, was selected as part of a soundtrack supporting Team USA’s efforts in the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The song was also featured as part of the soundtrack of National Broadcasting Company’s broadcast package of the Olympics.
The lead single from the album, “Love Story”, was released on September 12, 2008. The Fearless album includes the “Love Story” music video which is based on Romeo and Juliet.
The song has reached No.2 on iTunes Store Top Downloaded Songs and No.4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Fifteen weeks after being added to pop radio, “Love Story” also became the first country crossover recording to hit number one on the Nielsen BDS CHR/Top 40 chart in the 16-year-history of the list, as well as number one on the Mediabase Top 40 Chart.
The second single from Fearless, “White Horse”, was released on December 8, 2008. The music video for the song premiered on CMT on February 7, 2009. Though it missed the No.1 spot on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs as of the week April 11, 2009, “White Horse” claimed the No.1 spot atop the USA Today/Country Aircheck chart (powered by Mediabase) in that week.
“Forever & Always”, another song from the album, was based on Swift’s relationship with singer Joe Jonas.
She was the first artist in the history of Nielsen SoundScan to have two different albums in the Top 10 on the year end album chart.
It also was the first album by a female artist in country music history to log eight weeks at No.1 on The Billboard 200.
In mid-January 2009, Swift became the first country artist to top the 2 million mark in paid downloads with three different songs.
Swift is Billboard’s Top Country Artist and Hot Country Songwriter of 2008; she is also country music’s best-selling artist of 2008.
Swift ranked seventh on Nielsen SoundScan Canada’s top-10 selling artists across all genres in 2008.
Fearless and Taylor Swift took the No.1 and No.2 slots on 2008 Year-End Canadian Country Albums Chart.
Swift sang the Star-Spangled Banner at game three of the World Series in Philadelphia on October 25, 2008.
On February 8, 2009, Swift performed her song “Fifteen” with Miley Cyrus at the 51st Grammy Awards.
In January 2009, Swift announced her North American Fearless Tour planned for 52 cities in 38 states and provinces in the US and Canada over the span of 6 months.
The tour kicked off April 23 in Evansville, Indiana. In the same month, Swift made her first musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live.
As of the week ending February 8, 2009, Swift’s single “Love Story” became the country song with the most paid downloads in history.
Since the release of Swift’s second album, Fearless, she has released one new song “Crazier” for the soundtrack of the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie.
At the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Swift picked up Album of the Year honors as a performer and producer for Fearless.
Swift is the youngest artist in history to win the ACM Album of the Year award. The Academy lauded her for career achievements including selling more albums in 2008 than any other artist in any genre of music, the breakthrough success of her debut album, and the worldwide crossover success of her No.1 single “Love Story”.
The Academy also cited Swift’s contribution to helping country music attract a younger audience.
As of late April 2009, Swift has sold more than 14 million downloads, as well as three Gold Mobile Ringtones.
On April 28, 2009, Swift gave a free, private concert to students at Bishop Ireton High School, a small Catholic school in Alexandria, Virginia Alexandria, Virginia after the school won a national “TXT 2 WIN” contest from Verizon Wireless.
The students sent over 19,000 text messages to Verizon during a roughly one month long contest. Swift played for about an hour during the school’s field day, an annual day-long recess with games and activities.
On October 8, 2009 Swift’s official website announced that her sold-out Fearless Tour would return to North America for 37 additional dates in 2010.
- She wrote every song on her third album, “Speak Now.”
- Swift grew up on a Christmas tree farm.
- She wrote a book when she was a teenager.
- She appeared on an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2009.
- She was the maid of honor at her childhood friend’s wedding.
- She rode horses as a kid.
- Some of her lyrics are things she’s wanted to text people in real life.
- After her concerts, she sometimes watches “Friends.”
- She said she wrote “Blank Space” quickly but “All Too Well” took the most time to write.
- “Kiss Me” was the first song she learned to play on guitar.
TAYLOR SWIFT AND JOE ALWYN
Since meeting in 2016, Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn have become one of Hollywood’s most private power couples.
Despite her international fame and his roles in dozens of prestigious films, they’ve managed to keep their relationship completely under the radar.
Going on almost five years of partnership, the couple were rumored to have met at the 2016 Met Gala and although they constantly dodge engagement rumors, these two seem perfectly happy as boyfriend and girlfriend.
From their first meeting to their recent roles as creative collaborators on Taylor’s albums, here is a complete timeline of Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn’s relationship.
Taylor Swift and Joe Alwyn were rumored to have met at the 2016 Met Gala and officially started dating around October 2016.
They’ve both spoken extensively on why they have such a private and low-key relationship.
Joe helped Taylor write and produce some songs off her latest albums folklore and evermore.
Taylor and Joe have been dating for almost five years and are not engaged.
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
Swift has won 11 Grammy Awards, including three Album of the Year wins (the most by an artist), an Emmy Award,32 American Music Awards (most wins by an artist),25 Billboard Music Awards (most wins by a female artist), 35 Guinness World Records,12 Country Music Association Awards (including the Pinnacle Award), eight Academy of Country Music Awards, and two Brit Awards.
As a songwriter, she has been honored by the Nashville Songwriters Association and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and was the youngest person included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time in 2015.
At the 64th BMI Awards in 2016, Swift was the first woman to be honored with an award named after its recipient. Her albums Red and 1989 featured on Rolling Stone’s 2020 revision of their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Swift has sold over 50 million albums, including 37.3 million in the U.S., and 150 million singles worldwide.
She has the most number one albums in Ireland and the United Kingdom for a female artist in this millennium, and is the best-selling artist of all time on Chinese digital music platforms, with CN¥ 159,000,000 earned from her discography.
She is the second highest-certified female digital singles artist (and third overall) in the U.S., with 134 million total units certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the first female artist to have both an album (Fearless) and a song (“Shake It Off”) certified Diamond.
In June 2019, Forbes estimated Swift’s net worth at $360 million. Swift was the most googled female music artist of 2019 and the highest-paid female musician of the 2010s with earnings of $825 million.