Taylor Swift is young, talented, beautiful, and has much of the world wrapped around her finger. What would the music scene be like today if Taylor Swift had become a marketer instead? Fans shudder to think about such things. Yet, Taylor Swift revealed that and more to GQ in a recent interview. Here are ten things even the biggest fans may not know about Taylor Swift.
1. Marketing is the business field she would have gone into if she didn’t have a serious music career.
“I would still be involved with music in my spare time. But I would have gone to college, and I would probably be involved with a form of business where words and ideas are at the forefront. Such as marketing.”
2. Taylor Swift also told GQ that when she was fourteen years old she wrote a book called, “A Girl Named Girl.” No, she never published the book; her parents still have it tucked away at home. But, she probably could publish it now if she wanted to and it would likely be a best-seller right out of the gate.
3. Taylor Swift’s album 1989 is celebrating its one-year anniversary and its success as a smash hit. Okay, that’s something everyone knows, but it bears mentioning because according to Billboard, 1989 tied her album, Fearless, for eleven weeks in the top spot and fifty-two weeks in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. It sold 5.35 million copies and won eight awards at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Just check out this Instagram photo in which she thanks her fans.
4. According to another Billboard article, Taylor Swift is the most-followed person on Instagram. That’s pretty impressive.
5. Fuse reports that Taylor Swift’s song, “Shake It Off,” was almost turned into a country music song. Apparently, a number of label executives wanted to include a steel-guitar and fiddle in her song, claiming she was making a mistake leaving behind her well-established country music career.
“We gotta talk some sense into her. She’s had an established, astronomically successful career in country music. To shake that up would be the biggest mistake she ever makes.”
6. Taylor Swift has had her share of insecurity, even as an award-winner. According to Fuse, when Taylor accepted her VMA award for Best Female Video and Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech, she thought all the booing was for her. She thought the audience didn’t think she deserved the award.
“When the crowd started booing, I thought they were booing because they also believed I didn’t deserve the award. That’s where the hurt came from. I went backstage and cried, and then I had to stop crying and perform five minutes later. I just told myself I had to perform, and I tried to convince myself that maybe this wasn’t that big of a deal.”
7. BoomsBeat has some interesting facts about Taylor Swift. Her mom named her Taylor because if anyone saw that name on a business card, they wouldn’t know right off the bat if it was a man or a woman.
8. Another BoomsBeat fact is that the first three chords Taylor Swift ever learned on the guitar she learned from a computer repairman when she was twelve. With these three chords, she wrote her first song called, “Luck You.”
— ့ (@taylorsuue20) November 19, 2015
9. BoomsBeat also reports that Taylor Swift won a talent contest at the age of eleven for singing the LeAnn Rimes song, “Big Deal.”
10. Finally, BoomsBeat reports that when Taylor Swift was a kid, she lived on a Christmas tree farm. Her job was to rid the trees of praying mantis pods when they were sold. One time, she forgot to check.
“I forgot to check one time and they hatched all over these people’s house. And there were hundreds of thousands of them. And they had little kids, and they couldn’t kill them because that’d be a bad Christmas.”
— styles and swift. (@blearyskies) November 16, 2015
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