Taylor Swift continued her disruption of Labor Day weekend by dropping the full version of her new song "Ready for It," which she'd teased with a minute-long snippet during the lead-in to ESPN’s Florida State vs. Alabama college football game late Saturday. The song is the second to be released from the singer's sixth studio album, "Reputation," which is due Nov. 10.More direct and pop-oriented than "Look What You Made Me Do," the dark and bitter track she released late in...
Taylor Swift swept onto the country music scene as a precocious teen in 2005, but by the 2014 release of her fifth studio album, “1989,” she was a bona fide pop superstar. Leaving aside her country roots while clinging to the heart-on-her-sleeve style that made her famous, Swift has soared to the top of the pop world, becoming the highest-paid woman in music in 2016.
Fearless in transforming her sound, Swift has also been unafraid to wield her clout, challenging music streaming services to better compensate artists. When she penned an essay criticizing Apple Music’s royalty policy in 2015, it took less than a day for the company to change course. At a time when streaming services are upending the music business, Swift has an almost unmatched ability to stand up to industry giants. She did return her catalog to Spotify in June 2017 after a multi-year absence.
Born in Reading, Pa., Swift moved to Tennessee when she was 13 and soon became one of the most successful country music acts of all time. The 10-time Grammy winner was the youngest to take the Album of the Year prize and is the only woman to have won it twice. She was the first artist to have three albums certified platinum in their first week. Her 1989 world tour shattered the Rolling Stones’ North American touring record, grossing more than a quarter of a billion dollars.