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Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Fearless (Taylor's Version) (2021 album cover) by Taylor Swift.png
Studio album (re-recording) by
ReleasedApril 9, 2021 (2021-04-09)
RecordedNovember 2020 – January 2021
StudioConway (Los Angeles, California)
Taylor Swift chronology
Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Red (Taylor's Version)
Singles from Fearless (Taylor's Version)
  1. "Love Story (Taylor's Version)"
    Released: February 12, 2021
  2. "Mr. Perfectly Fine"
    Released: April 7, 2021

Fearless (Taylor's Version) is the first re-recorded album by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released on April 9, 2021, through Republic Records. It is a re-recording of Swift's second studio album, Fearless (2008), and the first in the series of six re-recorded albums Swift plans to release, following the dispute regarding ownership of the masters to her first six studio albums.

Consisting of re-recorded versions of all of the 19 tracks from the Platinum Edition (2009) of Fearless, Swift's 2010 soundtrack single "Today Was a Fairytale", and six bonus "from the Vault" songs that were witheld from being included on Fearless or its Platinum Edition, there are 26 tracks on Fearless (Taylor's Version), twelve of which were solely written by Swift. Recreating the album musically, the re-recorded tracks were produced by Swift and Christopher Rowe, using the same touring band that played the instruments on the original, whereas the newly added tracks were produced by Swift, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner. Colbie Caillat returned to feature on "Breathe", while Maren Morris and Keith Urban contributed guest vocals on vault tracks "You All Over Me" and "That's When", respectively.

The album was preceded by three of its songs, all of which entered the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart: "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" topped the chart, "You All Over Me" landed at number six, followed by "Mr. Perfectly Fine" reaching number two. Fearless (Taylor's Version) received critical acclaim, with emphasis on nostalgic sentiment, and Swift's strong, matured vocals; reviews commended the precise replication of the original compositions but with a crisper production quality. Commercially, it topped the charts in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, the United Kingdom, as well as the United States, where it marked the first ever re-recorded album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart and became the best-selling album released in 2021.


Fearless was an album full of magic and curiosity, the bliss and devastation of youth. It was the diary of the adventures and explorations [of] a teenage girl who was learning tiny lessons with every new crack in the facade of the fairytale ending she'd been shown in the movies.

— Swift reflecting on Fearless in 2021[1]

Swift released her second studio album, Fearless, in 2008 to critical and commercial success. It was distributed by American record label Big Machine. Fearless is a country pop effort. It spent 11 weeks atop the US Billboard 200 chart and became the best-selling album of 2009.[2] It spawned five top-10 entries on the Billboard Hot 100, including the crossover singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", and catapulted Swift to mainstream prominence. The most awarded country album in history,[3] Fearless won four Grammy Awards at the 52nd ceremony, including Album of the Year, the first of Swift's three wins in that category. The album was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America, and is credited for paving Swift's way to becoming one of the biggest acts of her generation.[4][5][6]

Taylor Swift in a blue dress and cowboy boots, with a guitar, performing at Boston, U.S., in May 2010
Swift performing at the Fearless Tour (2009-10), her first concert tour.

In 2018, having recorded six studio albums under Big Machine, Swift's contract with the label expired. She signed a new contract with record label Republic Records, which is a division of Universal Music Group.[7] In 2019, Big Machine Records was acquired by American talent manager and businessman Scooter Braun and his company Ithaca Holdings.[8] As part of the acquisition, ownership of the masters to Swift's first six studio albums, including Fearless, transferred to Braun.[9] The master is the first recording of an audio recording, from which copies are made for sales and distribution; the owner of the master, therefore, owns all copies, such as digital versions for download or on streaming platforms, or physical versions available on CDs and vinyl records.[10] In August 2019, Swift denounced the purchase, and announced her intention to re-record her first six studio albums so as to own their masters.[11] In November 2020, Braun sold the masters to Shamrock Holdings, an American private equity firm owned by the Disney estate, under the terms of acquisition that Braun and Ithaca Holdings will continue to benefit from the albums financially.[12] Swift began re-recording the albums in November 2020.[13]


In terms of production, I really wanted to stay very loyal to the initial melodies that I had thought of for these songs; and so we really did go in and try to create a 'the same but better' version. We kept all the same parts that I initially dreamed up for these songs. But if there was any way that we could improve upon the sonic quality, we did [...] I did go in line by line and listen to every single vocal and think, you know, what are my inflections here. If I can improve upon it, I did. But I really did want this to be very true to what I initially thought of and what I had initially written; but better, obviously.

— Swift on re-recording the album[14]

Swift told People that she did not significantly alter the lyrical content, vocal melodies and instrumental arrangements of the 2008 recording. However, the sonic textures were changed in the re-recording. She added that she studied Fearless thoroughly to replicate the country inflections of her early vocals.[14] Swift recruited members of her older touring band, who played the instruments on the 2008 recording, to do the same for Fearless (Taylor's Version).[15]

Music and lyrics

Fearless (Taylor's Version) features guest vocals from (from left to right) Colbie Caillat, Maren Morris and Keith Urban.

The standard edition of Fearless (Taylor's Version) is one hour and 46 minutes long, consisting of 26 songs, the last six of which are noted as "from the Vault" tracks. The deluxe edition adds an extra track, "Love Story (Elvira remix)". The album features guest appearances from American singers Colbie Caillat and Maren Morris, and New Zealand singer Keith Urban, on "Breathe", You All Over Me", and "That's When", respectively. 12 of the tracks on Fearless (Taylor's Version) were written solely by Swift; the rest credits Liz Rose, Hillary Lindsey, Scooter Carusoe, John Rich, the Warren Brothers, and Tommy Lee James as co-writers. Cary Barlowe and Nathan Barlowe, members of American band Luna Halo, are also credited as songwriters on "Untouchable", which is a cover of the band's song. The album was produced by Swift, Christopher Rowe, Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, the first two of which produced the majority, while the latter two, who co-produced Swift's 2020 albums Folklore and Evermore, were involved with the vault tracks only.[16][17]


In comparison to the 2008 version, there are no lyrical alterations on the re-recorded album,[18] except for a few minor changes.[19] The lyrics explore the beginning of Swift's adolescence, teenage romance, infatuations, and heartbreaks, including themes of empowerment and familial love.[20][21] Rain is a recurring motif found in the album's lyricism.[22] Replicating the former sonically as well, Fearless (Taylor's Version) is a country and country-pop record with pop rock tendencies, making use of the original keys, tempos, vocal styles, such as the twang, vibrato and grain, and traditional instruments like guitar, drums, banjo, fiddle and strings. However, reviewers from The New York Times wrote that her singing voice is stronger, more controlled, and deeper in the re-recorded album, discarding the nasal tone of her early vocals.[18] Clash critic Lucy Harbron opined that Swift's vocals have evolved "into her own unique blend of country, pop and indie".[23]

Songs "From the Vault"

Tracks 21 through 26 are branded as "from the Vault", which are songs that did not make the final cut of Fearless (2008). "You All Over Me" is an acoustic country pop song[24][25] with soaring fiddles, lilting guitars,[25] harmonica,[26] pulsing synth drums, hushed percussions,[27] and Morris' backing vocals. Lyrically, the track details not being able to get over a former lover, while trying to find acceptance and peace.[28] Driven by energetic guitars[29] and drums,[26] "Mr. Perfectly Fine" is a midtempo[30] country pop[31] and pop rock[3] song with elements of rock[29] and rock and roll.[27] Its lyrics find Swift navigating the tumultuous feelings ensued post-breakup, using witty wordplay.[31] The song contains the line "Mr. casually cruel", which has been associated with Swift's 2012 song "All Too Well".[32]

The slow-paced "We Were Happy" is about reminiscing over the highest points of a derailed relationship.[26] Its minimal instrumentals[23] incorporate strings, a chiming guitar riff and lush harmonies.[33][26] "That's When" is a duet with Urban, marking Swift's second collaboration with him, after "Highway Don't Care" (2012).[34] The song is about two past lovers reuniting.[22] It is a "woozy" country-pop tune with euphoric layered vocals, giddy harmonies, and 1989-style production.[35] In the sparse "Don't You",[20] the narrator runs into a former lover,[26] and pines for their past relationship.[22] Its production incorporates keyboards, electric guitars, and drums layered over each other.[26] "Bye Bye Baby", originally titled "One Thing", concludes the album with a notion of "Bye, bye, to everything I thought was on my side".[23][36]

Marketing and release

The logo of Fearless (Taylor's Version)
The re-recording was promoted with an additional moniker "Taylor's version".

Swift announced Fearless (Taylor's Version) and the lead single "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" on February 11, 2021. Fearless (Taylor's Version) contains 26 songs, consisting of all the tracks from Fearless: Platinum Edition (2009), "Today Was a Fairytale"—the 2010 single from the soundtrack of Valentine's Day (2010), and six new bonus tracks "from the vault" that did not make the 2008 album.[37] The album was one of the most anticipated releases of 2021.[38] "Love Story (Taylor's Version)" topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, giving Swift her eighth number-one single and first ever number-one debut on the chart. It was her first number-one on the chart since "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" (2012), and made her the second artist in history to top the chart with the original and re-recorded versions of the same song, after Dolly Parton with "I Will Always Love You".[39]

One of the vault tracks, "You All Over Me" featuring Maren Morris, was released as a promotional single on March 25, 2021.[40] The second single, another vault track—"Mr. Perfectly Fine"—was released with surprise on April 7, 2021, alongside its lyric video.[41][42] "You All Over Me" reached number six on the Hot Country Songs chart,[43] while "Mr. Perfectly Fine" reached number two.[44]

On April 2, 2021, Swift teased the titles of the vault tracks through an animated clip containing scrambled anagrams.[45] The next day, after the fans decoded the titles, she revealed the full track listing of the album, which included a collaboration with Australian country singer Keith Urban on the vault track "That's When". Urban confirmed the involvement of Swift's longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff in the production of the vault tracks, tweeting the same day that "Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner asked if I'd join their band and I said hell yes!". Subsequently, Swift tweeted "I was [Urban's] opening act during the Fearless album era and his music has inspired me endlessly… I'm counting down the minutes til we can all jump into this brave world together, filled with equal parts nostalgia and brand newness". American singer-songwriter Colbie Caillat, who was featured on 2008's "Breathe", re-recorded her vocals for the album.[46][47]

Swift teased snippets of six tracks off of the album prior to its release.[48] She teased "Breathe (Taylor's Version)" on Tumblr, "Hey Stephen (Taylor's Version)" on Twitter, as well as "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" on Good Morning America. She additionally recruited Olivia Rodrigo and Conan Gray to share snippets of "You Belong with Me (Taylor's Version)" and "White Horse (Taylor's Version)" on TikTok and Instagram. Writing that "it's hard to imagine any other star engaging in an act of business retribution while also making it seem so joyful and so participatory for her fans", The New York Times opined that Swift's promotional roll-out leading to the album, incorporating teasers and easter eggs, is a "communal and celebratory experience".[18][49]

Fearless (Taylor's Version) was released on April 9, 2021. The standard physical copies were made available for pre-order on Swift's website,[50] and CDs with collectible posters available for pre-order exclusively at Target.[51] The vinyl LPs came in two editions, one golden in color and the other red; the latter available on Swift's website and the other at Target.[52] Swift appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on April 13, 2021.[53] Swift released four compilation chapters, Fearless (Taylor's Version): The Halfway Out the Door Chapter,[54] Fearless (Taylor's Version): The Kissing in the Rain Chapter,[55] Fearless (Taylor's Version): The I Remember What You Said Last Night Chapter,[56] and Fearless (Taylor's Version): The From the Vault Chapter[57] on May 13, May 19, May 24, and May 26, 2021, respectively. On September 20, 2021, limited-edition CDs of the album, autographed by Swift, were made exclusively available on her webstore for 72 hours only.[58]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[61]
The A.V. ClubA[22]
The Daily Telegraph5/5 stars[21]
The Guardian4/5 stars[15]
The Independent4/5 stars[33]
NME4/5 stars[35]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[34]
The Times4/5 stars[63]

Fearless (Taylor's Version) was met with acclaim from music critics,[60] most of whom found the album's diaristic lyrics highly efficient to-date.[64] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized score out of 100 to ratings from publications, the album received a weighted mean score of 82 based on 17 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[60]

The Daily Telegraph's Neil McCormick wrote Fearless (Taylor's Version) is "an exceptionally fine album of country-pop songs" that detail Swift's "romantic fixations" when she was entering adulthood. He felt her vocals have a "fuller" tone and timbre, but still sounded like her 18-year-old self, preserving her "light country twang".[21] Writing for i, Sarah Carson said Fearless proved "prophetic" and "timeless", chronicling universal themes of "breakups, dreams, frustrations, first kisses". She highlighted the "from the Vault" tracks for showcasing Swift's maturity.[20] The Independent's Alexandra Pollard praised the album's nostalgia, faithfulness to the 2008 record, and the addition of "oddly comforting" vault tracks.[33] Saloni Gajjar of The A.V. Club opined that Fearless (Taylor's Version) showcased Swift's mature vocals and "sharp sense of musicianship and instrumentation", describing it as a "mellifluous upgrade to an already remarkable album".[22]

Will Hodgkinson of The Times said Fearless (Taylor's Version) is "a masterclass in classic Nashville songwriting", a "sweet, nostalgic" and "wholesome" record that documents Swift's coming of age.[63] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian wrote that it emanates "wistful reminiscence about female adolescence", with "a brilliant fixing of the understandable teenage impulse to mythologise the recent past, to carry on as if it's ancient history".[15] NME critic Hannah Mylrea stated the album "celebrates and stays true to Swift's Fearless era", with warmer and crisper production.[35] Jonathan Bernstein of Rolling Stone appreciated Swift's "richer, deeper" vocals, which he felt embodied "her earlier country affectations". He said her vocals mimicked "the polished Nashville textures and soundscapes" of the original album, and that it is placed lower in the mix.[34] Spin's Bobby Olivier called the album a "thrilling timewarp" and a "compelling revisitation" with the same rigor given to all of Swift's projects. He praised the "meticulous replication" of the production.[17]

Variety critic Chris Willman also praised Swift's recreation of the album, and her sonic experimentation on the vault tracks, saying: "What they say about actors 'disappearing into the role'? That really applies to Taylor Swift, playing herself."[65] Clash writer Lucy Harbron complimented its fresh sound and Swift's strong, relaxed vocals; she remarked the original substance retained in the album, "to not uproot these songs' place in people's lives", but enhancing the texture, which results in a "bittersweet magic that has millions feel nostalgic".[23] Ross Horton, writing for The Line of Best Fit, called Fearless (Taylor's Version) "a treasure chest of riches" that breathed "new life into a vital piece of her early work", re-introducing it to a new generation of fans.[27] Gigwise's Kelsey Barnes said that "no one has penned songs about teenhood better than Taylor Swift", and that the album offers listeners the opportunity to look back on their "exaggerated" and "melodramatic" teenage experiences. Barnes picked "Change" and "We Were Happy" as standouts.[66] In a mixed review, Mikael Wood of Los Angeles Times felt that the vault tracks lacked "the trademark specificity that defines Swift's A-game", and downplayed the re-recording as "bare-knuckled capitalism".[67] Critics from The New York Times upheld it as a fight for artists' rights and industrial ethics.[18]

Awards and nominations

Swift pulled Fearless (Taylor’s Version) from contending for Grammy Awards and Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. On July 20, 2021, a Republic Records representative explained to Billboard that Swift will not submit the album to any of the categories, since "Fearless has already won four Grammys including album of the year, as well as the CMA Award for album of the year in 2009/2010 and remains the most awarded country album of all time."[68]

Commercial performance

Fearless (Taylor's Version) garnered the biggest opening day for an album on Spotify in 2021, tallying more than 50 million global streams in its first day on the platform.[69] Its tracks claimed the top ten spots of Apple Music's global country songs chart.[70] As per Universal Music, the album earned over 1 million units in its first week globally.[71] Fourteen of its tracks charted on the Billboard Global 200 chart, with 8 inside the top 100.[72]

United States

Fearless (Taylor's Version) debuted atop the Billboard 200, yielding Swift's ninth album to do so. It moved 291,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, of which 179,000 were album sales and 109,000 units from streaming.[73] Billboard remarked the album did not need to sell a single copy to reach number one due its impressive performance on streaming platforms; its streaming tally alone was adequate to top the chart, as its closest competitor, DMX's The Best of DMX (2010), shifted a total sum of 77,000 units only.[74] Fearless (Taylor's Version) is also the eighth longest album to top the chart in the 21st-century, clocking at 106 minutes and 20 seconds, and the longest by a female artist.[75] It spent two non-consecutive weeks at number one.[52]

The album garnered the biggest sales week of 2021, surpassing Morgan Wallen's Dangerous: The Double Album;[73] this record was later broken by Swift's own Evermore (2020) when it resurged in sales after its vinyl release.[76] Fearless (Taylor's Version) garnered the biggest weekly streams ever for a country album by a female artist, the biggest opening week for a country album since Luke Bryan's Kill the Lights (2015),[44] and is also the first ever re-recorded album to reach number one in the US. With Folklore, Evermore, and Fearless (Taylor's Version), Swift became the first female artist to have three number-one albums in less than a year, breaking the previous record held by Donna Summer. The four-month gap between Evermore and Fearless (Taylor's Version) broke Swift's own record for the shortest gap between number-one albums by a woman.[73]

On the Billboard Top Country Albums, Fearless (Taylor's Version) earned Swift her sixth number one, her first since Red (2012). Eighteen of the album's tracks charted on the Hot Country Songs chart, the most ever in a week by a woman, besting her own record of 12 entries from Red. Nine tracks charted simultaneously on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 chart dated April 24, 2021, extending Swift's record for the most Hot 100 entries by women (136). Aided by Fearless (Taylor's Version), Swift returned to the top of the Billboard Artist 100 chart for a record-extending 47th week.[44][77]

Following the release of its vinyl LPs and signed CDs, Fearless (Taylor's Version) rose 156 spots and returned to number one on the Billboard 200, earning 152,000 units, of which 67,000 were vinyl sales and 77,000 CD sales; its leap to number one is the largest jump to the spot since the Notorious B.I.G.'s Life After Death ascended 176 spots on the chart dated April 12, 1997, while the 67,000 tally marked the fourth largest vinyl sales week in the MRC Data history, behind Evermore, Olivia Rodrigo's Sour (2021), and Billie Eilish's Happier Than Ever (2021). As of the same week, Fearless (Taylor's Version) had accumulated 400,000 pure sales in the US, becoming the second best-selling album of 2021, behind her own Evermore, and the best-selling album released in 2021.[52]

Other markets

Fearless (Taylor's Version) debuted atop Australia's ARIA Albums Chart as Swift's eighth number-one album in the country. It made her the female artist with the second-most number-one albums (behind Madonna with 11), and the artist with the second-most consecutive chart-toppers (behind Eminem with nine). Swift was the first artist to top the Australian albums chart with three different albums in a 12-month period.[78] The 17-week gap between Evermore and Fearless (Taylor's Version) broke the record for least amount of weeks between two different ARIA number-one albums, that Swift previously set with Folklore and Evermore (20 weeks).[79] Fearless (Taylor's Version) topped the Australian Vinyl Albums chart,[80] and the New Zealand Albums Chart as well.[81]

The album launched at number one on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart, marking Swift's ninth chart-topping album in Canada.[82] Sixteen tracks from the album charted simultaneously on the Canadian Hot 100 chart,[83] increasing Swift's career entries on the chart to a total of 148.[84]

In China, Fearless (Taylor's Version) sold more than 205,000 copies on digital music platforms in less than five minutes, and topped the charts of all major Chinese music streaming platforms, such as QQ Music and NetEase Music.[85]

In the United Kingdom, the album arrived at number one on the UK Albums Chart, marking Swift's seventh chart-topping album. Swift is the only female artist with so many number-one albums in the UK in the 21st-century, with the third-most in history, after Madonna (12) and Kylie Minogue (8). The album surpassed the peak of its 2008 counterpart, and broke the Beatles' 54-year-old record for the fastest accumulation of three number one albums. The band achieved the feat in 364 days between 1965 and 1966, whereas Swift eclipsed it in 259 days.[86][87] Fearless (Taylor's Version) reached number one on the UK Apple Music chart as well, making Swift the first female country artist to top it.[70] It spent two weeks atop the UK's Official Country Albums Chart.[88] As of May 2021, Swift is the best-selling artist of 2021 in the UK.[87]

Swift scored her sixth number-one album on Ireland's Albums Chart with Fearless (Taylor's Version), outpeaking the original record, which peaked at number seven in 2009. Swift also extended her record as the woman with the most chart-topping albums in Ireland this millennium.[89] The album debuted inside the top-10 in many other European markets, such as Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Spain. In territories where the sales performance of the re-recording was combined with the original, Fearless reached new peaks bolstered by Fearless (Taylor's Version). Having initially peaked at number 14 on Austrian Albums Chart dated May 29, 2009, the album reached a new peak of number 2 in the week dated April 23, 2021.[90] In Germany, it re-entered at number 2 on Offizielle Top 100 dated April 16, 2021, besting its older peak of number 12.[91] It rose to newer peaks of number 2 and 3 on Norway's Topp 40 Albums and Switzerland's Hitparade Albums Top 100 charts, from numbers 5 and 35, respectively.[92][93]


Fearless (2008) was charting at number 157 on the Billboard 200 before the release of Fearless (Taylor's Version), after which the 2008 album dropped 19% in sales and fell off the chart entirely, while the re-recording rose to number one. Ben Sisario of The New York Times commented that Fearless (Taylor's Version) has "accomplished what appeared to be one of Swift's goals: burying the original Fearless."[94][73] Variety contributor Chris Willman underlined the critical and commercial success of Fearless (Taylor's Version) and stated Swift's highly publicized move to reclaim her masters would inspire other artists to "further deputize or weaponize fans in their own business disputes", unlike the less successful attempts by her contemporaries to own their music.[95]

You could teach an entire marketing class around the way she's made an esoteric fight among multimillionaires feel intimate and important, demystifying arcane contract minutiae and setting up the decision to stream "Taylor's Version" over the original like an ethical choice.

– Joe Coscarelli, culture journalist, The New York Times[18]

The Evening Standard said that Swift, "one of few artists with the power and profile to create change in the music world", stressed "the importance of artists owning their work and refusing to let others capitalize on their creativity", and motivates less established musicians to fight for better record deals.[96] Belfast Telegraph praised Swift for "turning bad blood with Scooter Braun into a revolution for female artists" and credited Swift for encouraging female musicians like Sky Ferreira and Halsey to speak about their struggles in the music industry.[97] Clash wrote Fearless (Taylor's Version) increased awareness of contracts that exploit young artists, which had become a part of Swift's musical legacy.[98]

The New Yorker asserted the term "Taylor's Version" Swift used for the re-recorded album is "a stroke of strategic genius".[99] Junkee opinioned the move is "a big precedent to set for an industry that doesn't protect its artists very well".[100] Stereogum said that it could "set a new trend in motion" and influence other artists to re-record their past work.[101] According to The Wall Street Journal, if Swift wants to allow a song from Fearless for use in a commercial or a movie, she can sign the deal herself as she owns the masters for Fearless (Taylor's Version), excluding the owners of the original version.[102] Marie Claire called Fearless (Taylor's Version) "monumental" for not only its statement on artists' rights, but for "divorcing [Swift's] music from the sexist media narrative that followed her during her adolescence, inviting listeners and critics to engage with the same songs today without as much gender bias", thus letting Swift take charge of her narrative by eschewing the "tabloid frenzy" and "allowing her musical prowess to take center stage."[103]

Track listing

All tracks were produced by Taylor Swift and Christopher Rowe, unless noted otherwise.

Fearless (Taylor's Version) – Standard edition
1."Fearless" 4:01
2."Fifteen"Swift 4:54
3."Love Story"Swift 3:55
4."Hey Stephen"Swift 4:14
5."White Horse"
  • Swift
  • Rose
6."You Belong with Me"
  • Swift
  • Rose
7."Breathe" (featuring Colbie Caillat)
  • Swift
  • Caillat
8."Tell Me Why"
  • Swift
  • Rose
9."You're Not Sorry"Swift 4:21
10."The Way I Loved You" 4:03
11."Forever & Always"Swift 3:45
12."The Best Day"Swift 4:05
13."Change"Swift 4:39
14."Jump Then Fall"Swift 3:57
16."Forever & Always" (piano version)Swift 4:27
17."Come In with the Rain"
  • Swift
  • Rose
  • Swift
  • Rose
19."The Other Side of the Door"
  • Swift
20."Today Was a Fairytale"Swift 4:01
21."You All Over Me" (featuring Maren Morris)
  • Swift
  • Scooter Carusoe
22."Mr. Perfectly Fine"Swift4:37
23."We Were Happy"
  • Swift
  • Rose
  • Swift
  • Dessner
24."That's When" (featuring Keith Urban)
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
25."Don't You"
  • Swift
  • James
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
26."Bye Bye Baby"
  • Swift
  • Rose
  • Swift
  • Antonoff
Total length:106:20
Fearless (Taylor's Version)– Physical deluxe edition (bonus track)[104]
27."Love Story" (Elvira remix)SwiftElvira Anderfjärd3:53
Total length:110:13


  • Tracks 1-20 and 27 are noted as "Taylor's Version".
  • Tracks 21-26 are noted as "From the Vault" on physical editions, and "(Taylor's Version) [From the Vault]" on digital editions of the album.[105]


The Halfway Out the Door Chapter[54]
1."Mr. Perfectly Fine"4:37
2."Forever & Always"3:45
3."White Horse"3:54
4."You're Not Sorry"4:21
5."Breathe" (featuring Colbie Caillat)4:23
6."The Other Side of the Door"3:58
Total length:24:58
The Kissing in the Rain Chapter[55]
1."The Way I Loved You"4:03
2."Hey Stephen"4:14
3."Today Was a Fairytale"4:01
6."Come In with the Rain"3:57
Total length:25:32
The I Remember What You Said Last Night Chapter[56]
1."You Belong with Me"3:51
2."Tell Me Why"3:20
4."Love Story"3:55
5."Forever & Always"3:45
Total length:23:31
The From the Vault Chapter[57]
1."You All Over Me" (featuring Maren Morris)3:40
2."Mr. Perfectly Fine"4:37
3."That's When" (featuring Keith Urban)3:09
4."We Were Happy"4:04
5."Don't You"3:28
6."Bye Bye Baby"4:02
Total length:23:00


Credits adapted from Tidal.[16][104]


  • Taylor Swift – lead vocals, songwriting (all tracks), production (1-26), background vocals (11, 14–16, 27)
  • Mike Meadows – 12-string acoustic guitar (1), acoustic guitar (1–3, 5–8, 10–15, 17–19), background vocals (1, 3–5, 9–11, 17–19), Hammond B3 (1, 4), mandolin (1–3, 6–8, 15, 18–20), banjo (3, 6, 8, 10, 14, 17, 19, 20), finger clicking (4), piano (7, 10), electric guitar (9, 10), synthesizer (13, 16), synthesizer programming (13, 16), dobro (19)
  • Caitlin Evanson – background vocals (1–4, 6, 8, 13)
  • Paul Sidoti – background vocals (1, 3, 8, 11), electric guitar (1–3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 13, 14, 17–20), piano (5, 9, 10, 16), acoustic guitar (7)
  • Amos Heller – bass (1–15, 17–20)
  • Matt Billingslea – drums (1–15, 17–20), finger clicking (4), drum programming (6, 11, 14), electronic percussion (19, 20)
  • Max Berstein – electric guitar (1–3, 7, 9–11, 13, 14, 18, 19), vibraphone (4), steel guitar (6, 8, 17), synthesizer (15, 16, 18, 20), synthesizer programming (15, 16, 20), banjo (20), glockenspiel (20)
  • Jonathan Yudkin – fiddle (1, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 14), cello (2), strings (5, 7, 9, 10, 16, 17)
  • Christopher Rowe – production (1–20), background vocals (2, 8, 10, 17, 20), vocal production (27)
  • Liz Rose – songwriting (1, 5, 6, 8, 17, 18, 23, 26)
  • Hillary Lindsey – songwriting (1)
  • Dan Burns – drum programming (6, 11, 14), synthesizer programming (13, 15, 16, 20), electronic percussion (19, 20)
  • Colbie Caillat – vocals, songwriting (7)
  • Brian Pruitt – drum programming (8)
  • John Rich – songwriting (10)
  • Cary Barlowe – songwriting (15)
  • Nathan Barlowe – songwriting (15)
  • Tommy Lee James – songwriting (15, 25)
  • Aaron Dessner – production, acoustic guitar, bass, drum programming, electric guitar, keyboards, percussion, synthesizer (21, 23), piano (21)
  • Eric Slick – drums (21, 23)
  • Josh Kaufman – electric guitar, harmonica (21), acoustic guitar, lap steel guitar (23)
  • Maren Morris – vocals (21)
  • Scooter Carusoe – songwriting (21)
  • Jack Antonoff – production (22, 24–26), acoustic guitar (22, 24), background vocals (22, 25), bass (22, 24, 26), electric guitar (22, 24–26), percussion (22, 24, 26), keyboards (22, 25), programming (22, 25, 26), synthesizer (22), drums (24, 25), synthesizer programming (25), piano (26)
  • Sean Hutchinson – drums (22, 24, 26)
  • Mikey Freedom Hart – electric guitar (22, 24–26), pedal steel (22, 24), 12-string acoustic guitar (22), bass (24, 25), celesta (24), drums (24), Hammond B3 (24), keyboards (24, 25), piano (24, 26), percussion (25, 26), Rhodes (25), Wurlitzer organ (26)
  • Michael Riddleberger – percussion (22, 24, 26)
  • Evan Smith – saxophone (22, 24, 26), flute (24–26), percussion, strings, synthesizer programming (25)
  • Keith Urban – background vocals, electric guitar (23), 12-string acoustic guitar, vocals (24)
  • Clarice Jensen – cello (23)
  • Brad Warren – songwriting (24)
  • Brett Warren – songwriting (24)
  • Bobby Hawk – violin (25, 26)
  • Elvira Anderfjärd – production, remixing, background vocals, bass, drums, keyboards, programming (27)


  • Randy Merrillmasters engineering (all tracks)
  • Serban Gheneamixing (1–20, 22, 24–27)
  • John Hanes – engineering (1–20, 22, 24–27)
  • Christopher Rowe – vocal engineering (1, 6–26), recording engineering (2, 3)
  • David Payne – recording engineering (1–20)
  • Sam Holland – vocal engineering (3–5, 27)
  • Bella Blasko – engineering, recording engineering (21, 23)
  • Aaron Dessner – engineering, recording engineering (21, 23)
  • Jonathan Low – mixing, engineering (21, 23)
  • Julian Burg – vocal engineering (21)
  • Greg Kurstin – vocal engineering (21)
  • Jack Antonoff – recording engineering (22, 24–26)
  • Laura Sisk – recording engineering (22, 24–26)
  • Nick Rowse – vocal engineering (23, 24)
  • Jon Gautier – recording engineering (25, 26)
  • Mike Williams – recording engineering (25, 26)
  • Elvira Anderfjärd – recording engineering (27)
  • Lowell Reynolds – additional engineering, assistant recording engineering (1, 4–20)
  • Derek Garten – additional engineering (1, 4–20)
  • Sean Badum – assistant recording engineering (3)
  • John Rooney – assistant recording engineering (24–26)
  • Jon Sher – assistant recording engineering (24–26)


Chart performance for Fearless (Taylor's Version)
Chart (2021)Peak
Argentine Albums (CAPIF)[106]1
Australian Albums (ARIA)[107]1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[108]2
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[109]3
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[110]8
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[111]1
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[112]8
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[113]2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[114]22
French Albums (SNEP)[115]26
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[116]2
Greek Albums (IFPI)[117]34
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[118]23
Irish Albums (OCC)[119]1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[120]12
Japan Hot Albums (Billboard Japan)[121]17
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[122]13
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)[123]14
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[81]1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[124]2
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[125]29
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[126]2
Scottish Albums (OCC)[127]1
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[128]3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[129]17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[130]3
UK Albums (OCC)[131]1
UK Country Albums (OCC)[132]1
US Billboard 200[133]1
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[134]1

Release history

Release dates and formats for Fearless (Taylor's Version)
VariousApril 9, 2021StandardRepublic[135][136]
JapanApril 30, 2021LimitedUniversal Music Japan[138][139]
VariousMay 13, 2021StreamingThe Halfway Out the Door ChapterRepublic[54]
May 19, 2021The Kissing in the Rain Chapter[55]
May 24, 2021The I Remember What You Said Last Night Chapter[56]
May 26, 2021The From the Vault Chapter[57]
June 25, 2021CassetteDeluxe[140]
CanadaAugust 6, 2021[141]
VariousOctober 1, 2021Vinyl[142]
BrazilNovember 5, 2021StandardUniversal Music Brasil[143]

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External links


Veröffentlichungen von Taylor Swift die im OTRS erhältlich sind/waren:

Folklore ¦ Evermore ¦ Fearless (Taylor’s Version) ¦ 1989

Taylor Swift auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

Taylor Swift (2019)

Taylor Alison Swift (* 13. Dezember 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania) ist eine US-amerikanische Pop- und Country-Sängerin, Gitarristin, Songwriterin, Musikproduzentin und Schauspielerin. Sie hat weltweit laut IFPI 170 Millionen Tonträger verkauft (Stand: Februar 2015) und gehört damit zu den weltweit erfolgreichsten Künstlern.[1]


Swift wurde 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania in eine Familie der oberen Mittelschicht aus Wyomissing geboren.[2] Ihre Mutter Andrea Finlay war zunächst leitende Angestellte im Marketingbereich und später Hausfrau. Ihr Vater Scott Swift ist Vermögensberater bei Merrill Lynch.[3] Ihr jüngerer Bruder ist der Schauspieler . Swifts Eltern betrieben eine Weihnachtsbaumschule.[4] Ihre Großmutter mütterlicherseits war Opernsängerin.[5] Swift interessierte sich in ihrer Kindheit für Country-Musik von Künstlerinnen wie LeAnn Rimes, Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, den Dixie Chicks und Shania Twain.

Im Alter von zehn Jahren begann Swift an Karaokewettbewerben teilzunehmen und bei Festivals und Messen als Sängerin aufzutreten. Dafür schrieb sie bereits eigene Songs. Mit elf Jahren versuchte sie, in Nashville bei verschiedenen Plattenlabels einen Vertrag zu erhalten. Mit 12 Jahren lernte sie, Gitarre zu spielen.[6] Mit 14 Jahren wurde sie bei einem Auftritt im von Scott Borchetta entdeckt, der sie für sein neues Plattenlabel Big Machine Records verpflichtete. Im selben Jahr zog die Familie nach Hendersonville in Tennessee. Dort besuchte sie die Hendersonville High School. 2010 war Swift nach den Dreharbeiten von Valentinstag für einige Monate mit Taylor Lautner liiert.[7] Seit Ende 2016 ist sie mit dem britischen Schauspieler Joe Alwyn liiert.


Taylor Swift (2012)

2006–2012: Alben Taylor Swift, Fearless, Speak Now und Red – Anfänge mit Country

2006 veröffentlichte Swift ihre Debütsingle Tim McGraw, die Platz sechs in den amerikanischen Country-Charts erreichte.[8] Ihr Debütalbum Taylor Swift wurde im Oktober desselben Jahres veröffentlicht und belegte Platz fünf der Billboard 200. Es wurde von der RIAA mit Fünffach-Platin ausgezeichnet. Aus dem Album erreichten vier Singles die Top Ten der US-Country-Charts; in den Billboard Hot 100 kamen drei der Singles in die Top 40. Alle Songs auf diesem Album hat Swift entweder selbst geschrieben oder sie wurden von ihr mitverfasst.

Im November 2008 veröffentlichte sie ihr zweites Album Fearless, das die Albumcharts mit Unterbrechungen elf Wochen lang anführte;[9] kein anderes Album seit dem Jahr 2000 konnte diesen Spitzenplatz länger behaupten, und es war in den Vereinigten Staaten das meistverkaufte Album des Jahres 2009.[10] Anfang Februar 2009 wurde die Single Love Story aus dem Album Fearless mit rund 2,7 Millionen Einheiten zum Country-Song mit den meisten bezahlten Downloads.[11] Im September 2009 konnte ihr Titel You Belong with Me den ersten Platz der Country-Charts erreichen. 2010 gewann sie den People’s Choice Award in der Kategorie Beste Künstlerin.[12] Bei den Grammy Awards 2010 erhielt sie vier Auszeichnungen. Im Februar 2010 führte ihre Fearless Tour durch fünf Städte Australiens, bei der die Country-Band Gloriana im Vorprogramm auftrat.[13]

Swifts drittes Album Speak Now, das im Oktober 2010 veröffentlicht wurde, verkaufte sich in den USA innerhalb der ersten Woche mehr als eine Million Mal. Die Songs des Albums entstanden in Arkansas, New York City, Boston und Nashville und wurden von ihr selbst geschrieben. Als Co-Produzent trat auf, der bereits an Swifts ersten beiden Alben mitgewirkt hatte. Die erste Singleauskopplung des Albums war Mine; es folgten Back to December, Mean, The Story of Us, Sparks Fly und Ours. Für Mean wurde sie mit zwei Grammys ausgezeichnet.[14]

Ihr viertes Studioalbum Red erschien im Oktober 2012 und wurde von Nathan Chapman produziert. Die erste Single aus diesem Album war We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.[15] Als zweite Single wurde Begin Again veröffentlicht. Die dritte Single I Knew You Were Trouble konnte sich in Deutschland in den Top 10 platzieren, in Großbritannien und in den USA erreichte sie Platz zwei. Die Single verkaufte sich in den USA mehr als drei Millionen Mal.[16] Als vierte Singleauskopplung folgte 22. Das Album verkaufte sich mehr als sechs Millionen Mal. Swift, die 2011 mit Einnahmen von über 35 Millionen US-Dollar weltweit die kommerziell erfolgreichste Musikerin war,[17] spielt eine akustische Westerngitarre der kalifornischen Firma Taylor Guitars aus dem Holz der Koa-Akazie.[18]

2014–2019: Alben 1989, Reputation und Lover – Wechsel zur Popmusik

Im Oktober 2014 veröffentlichte Universal Music ihr fünftes Studioalbum mit dem Titel 1989, das sie unter anderem zusammen mit Max Martin, Shellback, Ryan Tedder, Jack Antonoff, Nathan Chapman, Imogen Heap und Greg Kurstin wieder bei Big Machine Records produziert hat.[19] Der Name des Albums bezieht sich auf Swifts Geburtsjahr. Mit dem Album wendete sich die Sängerin erstmals von Country in Richtung Pop. Einen ersten Ausblick auf die neue Stilrichtung des Albums gab sie im August 2014 mit der Veröffentlichung der Single Shake It Off und im Rahmen eines Live-Streaming-Events aus New York City und der Veröffentlichung des Musikvideos zur Single.[20] Die zweite Single Blank Space wurde im November als Musikdownload und in Deutschland im Januar 2015 als CD veröffentlicht. Als weitere Singles des Albums wurden im Februar Style, im Mai Bad Blood und im August Wildest Dreams ausgekoppelt. Im Januar 2016 wurde Out of the Woods und im Februar New Romantics als Single ausgekoppelt.

Ihr sechstes Studioalbum Reputation erschien im November 2017.[21] Die erste Singleauskopplung Look What You Made Me Do wurde vorab im August 2017 veröffentlicht und stieg in die Top 10 der deutschen, österreichischen und Schweizer Singlecharts ein. In den britischen Singlecharts und in den Billboard Hot 100 gelang ihr mit diesem Song ein Nummer-eins-Erfolg. Als zweite Auskopplung folgte …Ready for It? Swift fungierte zusammen mit Jack Antonoff, Max Martin und Shellback als Produzentin. In dem Song End Game kollaborierte sie mit dem Rapper Future und dem Sänger Ed Sheeran.[22]

Auf der Tour zu ihrem sechstem Studioalbum Reputation, der Reputation Stadium Tour, spielte sie 345,5 Millionen US-Dollar ein und hatte während ihrer 53 Shows 2,88 Millionen Zuschauer. Die Tour erzielte den Rekord für die höchsten Einnahmen einer US-Tour.[23]

Nachdem Swift ME! (feat. Brendon Urie) als erste Vorab-Singleauskopplung vom ihrem siebten Studioalbum Lover im April 2019 veröffentlichte, zeigte sie mit der zweiten Vorab-Singleauskopplung You Need to Calm Down ihre Unterstützung für die LGBT-Community. Das Lied wurde dazu passend während des Pride-Monats veröffentlicht. In dem Musikvideo traten Prominente wie Katy Perry, Ellen DeGeneres und Adam Lambert auf.[24] Das zugehörige Studioalbum – veröffentlicht durch Republic Records – erschien nach der Veröffentlichung der Promo-Singleauskopplung The Archer und der dritten Vorab-Singleauskopplung Lover im August 2019. Nach der Veröffentlichung des Albums wurde The Man als vierte und vorerst letzte Singleauskopplung im Frühjahr 2020 veröffentlicht. Im zugehörigen Musikvideo spielte Swift die im Lied beschriebene Identität Swifts als Mann.

2020: Alben Folklore und Evermore – Versuche mit Indie und Folk

Wegen der COVID-19-Pandemie wurden Swifts Auftritte in den Vereinigten Staaten und Brasilien bis 2021 verschoben.[25] Im Mai 2020 wurden Aufnahmen von ihrem City-of-Lover-Konzert aus dem Jahr 2019 auf ABC ausgestrahlt. Sie veröffentlichte auch die Liveversionen der Lover-Lieder, die sie bei diesem Konzert gesungen hatte.[26] Im Juni 2020 wirkte sie bei YouTubes Livestream Dear Class of 2020 mit.[27][28]

Im Juli 2020 erschien ihr achtes Studioalbum Folklore.[29] Damit und mit der Single Cardigan ist sie die erste Künstlerin, die sich in derselben Woche auf Rang eins der Billboard 200 und der Hot 100 platzieren konnte.[30] Im März 2021 gewann sie mit Folklore die Auszeichnung Album of the Year an den Grammy Awards.[31]

Im Dezember 2020 erschien mit Evermore ihr neuntes Studioalbum. Ebenso wie beim Vorgängeralbum hat sie alle Songs während der Covid-19-Pandemie in Selbstisolation geschrieben.[32]

Seit 2021: Neueinspielung der ersten sechs Alben

Im April 2021 veröffentlichte sie eine Neueinspielung ihres Albums Fearless (mit dem Zusatz Taylor’s Version), in der erklärten Absicht, auf diese Weise die kommerzielle Verfügungsgewalt über ihre Kompositionen zurückzugewinnen. Die "perfekt wirkende Eins-zu-eins-Kopie" bezeichnet Andreas Borcholte deshalb als "ein Akt der künstlerischen Selbstermächtigung".[33][34]


Swift hat sich bei ihrem Album 1989 nicht nur die Rechte an den Titeln und an der Musik schützen lassen, sondern auch an einzelnen Textzeilen. Wer die Textstücke „This sick beat“, „Party like it’s 1989“ oder „Nice to meet you. Where you been?“ ohne ihre Einwilligung verwendet, kann von ihr verklagt werden.[35][36] Die Band Peculate kritisierte dies als direkten „Angriff auf die freie Rede“ und nahm einen Song mit dem Titel This Sick Beat auf, dessen Text „auch einzig und allein aus der von Taylor Swift geschützten Phrase besteht“.[36]

Im Juli 2019 kaufte Scooter Braun das Musiklabel Big Machine Records, das alle Alben von Taylor Swift besitzt. The Wall Street Journal schätzte den Verkaufspreis auf 300 Millionen US-Dollar. Swift bezeichnete ihn als „Tyrann“ und diese Situation als ihren „schlimmsten Albtraum“. Sie möchte die Rechte an ihrer Musik selbst erwerben und bereut es, mit 15 den Vertrag mit Big Machine Records unterschrieben zu haben.[37] Finanziert hatte den Kauf die Carlyle Group. Im April 2021 verkaufte Braun seine Ithaca Holding für fast 1 Mrd. US$ an die Big Hit America Inc., eine Tochter der Hybe Corporation.[38]

Konflikt mit Apple

Im Juni 2015 veranlasste Swift die Firma Apple, die Bezahlung von Künstlern zu überdenken und großzügiger zu gestalten. Apple hatte geplant, im Rahmen seines neuen Streamingdienstes Apple Music den Nutzern drei kostenlose Probemonate zu gewähren, wobei die Künstler leer ausgehen sollten. Indem sie sich weigerte, Apple ihr Album 1989 zur Verfügung zu stellen, bewirkte Swift ein Umdenken. Apple wird zwar die Titel weiterhin kostenfrei anbieten, die Künstler nun jedoch finanziell entschädigen.[39]


Swift hat von Beginn ihrer Karriere an für ihr musikalisches Werk meist positive Kritiken erhalten.[40] In der New York Times wurden ihr bereits 2008 gute Liedermacherqualitäten bei fehlender Naivität attestiert.[41] 2020 wurde nach der Premiere beim Sundance Festival auf Netflix die Dokumentation Taylor Swift: Miss Americana (Miss Americana) veröffentlicht.[42]

Politische Position

Vom Rechtspopulisten Milo Yiannopoulos und anderen Vertretern der Alt-Rights wird Swift als Ikone verehrt. Andre Anglin, Autor des Nazi-Blogs The Daily Stormer, bezeichnete die Sängerin als „reine arische Göttin“. Swift hat nicht dazu Stellung bezogen, weswegen ihr vorgeworfen wurde, sich nicht von Neonazis zu distanzieren.[43][44][45] In einem Interview mit der Zeitschrift Time hat Swift ihre Zurückhaltung in Sachen Politik damit begründet, dass sie andere Menschen nicht beeinflussen wolle, so lange sie noch nicht genug wisse, um den Leuten zu sagen, wen sie wählen sollen.[46]

Im Oktober 2018 gab Swift ihre Unterstützung für die Kandidaten der demokratischen Partei bei der Kongresswahl bekannt.[47] Im Mai 2020 warf Swift Donald Trump vor, den Todesfall George Floyd durch seinen Rassismus mitverschuldet zu haben und die daraus entstandenen Konflikte zu befeuern.[48]


Der Rolling Stone listete sie 2015 auf Rang 97 der 100 besten Songwriter aller Zeiten.[49] Sie hat seit 2007 mehr als 50 Auszeichnungen insbesondere im Country-Bereich erhalten. Dazu zählen unter anderem die Country Music Association Awards, die und die Academy of Country Music Awards, bei denen sie mehrfach ausgezeichnet wurde.

Weitere Auszeichnungen erhielt sie bei den BMI Awards, den American Music Awards, den Teen Choice Awards, den People’s Choice Awards, den Emmy Awards und den Billboard Music Awards. 2015 gewann sie insgesamt acht der 40 zu vergebenden Billboard Awards.[50] Bei den People's Choice Awards gewann ihr Song Only the Young (von der Dokumentation Miss Americana) in der Kategorie The Soundtrack Song of 2020.[51]

Von MTV wurde sie sechsmal mit dem Video Music Award und dreimal mit dem Europe Music Awards ausgezeichnet. Bei den Grammy Awards erhielt sie bislang elf Auszeichnungen:

Billboard Music Awards

Grammy Awards

MTV Video Music Awards

  • 2009: in der Kategorie Best Female Video für You Belong with Me
  • 2013: in der Kategorie Best Female Video für I Knew You Were Trouble
  • 2015: in der Kategorie Video of the Year für Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  • 2015: in der Kategorie Best Female Video für Blank Space
  • 2015: in der Kategorie Best Pop Video für Blank Space
  • 2015: in der Kategorie Best Collaboration für Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

MTV Europe Music Awards

  • 2012: in der Kategorie Best Live Act für die Speak Now World Tour
  • 2012: in der Kategorie Best Female
  • 2012: in der Kategorie Best Look
  • 2015: in der Kategorie Best Song für Bad Blood (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  • 2015: in der Kategorie Best US Act
  • 2019: in der Kategorie Best Video für ME!
  • 2019: in der Kategorie Best US Act
Taylor Swift, 2009




Höchstplatzierung, Gesamtwochen, AuszeichnungChartplatzierungenChartplatzierungen
(Jahr, Titel, Musiklabel, Plat­zie­rungen, Wo­chen, Aus­zeich­nungen, Anmer­kungen)
2006Taylor Swift
Big Machine Records

(3 Wo.)UK

(275 Wo.)US
(179 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. Oktober 2006
Verkäufe: + 7.750.000[52]
Big Machine Records

Fearless (Taylor’s Version)
Republic Records

(15 Wo.)DE

(18 Wo.)AT
(12 Wo.)CH
(64 Wo.)

(7 Wo.)UK
(261 Wo.)

(22 Wo.)US
(275 Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 11. November 2008
Neuauflage: 9. April 2021
Verkäufe: + 12.094.500
2010Speak Now
Big Machine Records
(4 Wo.)DE
(4 Wo.)AT
(7 Wo.)CH

(9 Wo.)UK

(139 Wo.)US
(… Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 25. Oktober 2010
Verkäufe: + 6.672.500
Big Machine Records

(24 Wo.)DE
(10 Wo.)AT
(21 Wo.)CH

(84 Wo.)UK

(… Wo.)US
(… Wo.)Coun­try
Erstveröffentlichung: 22. Oktober 2012
Verkäufe: + 9.032.000
Big Machine Records

(53 Wo.)DE

(56 Wo.)AT

(53 Wo.)CH

(… Wo.)UK

(… Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 27. Oktober 2014
Verkäufe: + 12.667.000
Big Machine Records
(22 Wo.)DE

(17 Wo.)AT
(11 Wo.)CH

(57 Wo.)UK

(… Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 10. November 2017
Verkäufe: + 4.500.000[53]
Republic Records
(19 Wo.)DE
(24 Wo.)AT
(15 Wo.)CH

(… Wo.)UK

(… Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 23. August 2019
Verkäufe: + 3.200.000[54]
Republic Records
(29 Wo.)DE
(17 Wo.)AT
(22 Wo.)CH

(… Wo.)UK

(… Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 24. Juli 2020
Verkäufe: + 1.990.000[55]
Republic Records
(19 Wo.)DE
(13 Wo.)AT
(16 Wo.)CH

(… Wo.)UK
(… Wo.)US
Erstveröffentlichung: 11. Dezember 2020
Verkäufe: + 440.500
1 Fearless erreichte erst nach Veröffentlichung von Fearless (Taylor’s Version) 2021 die Höchstplatzierung in Deutschland, Österreich und der Schweiz. Zur Erscheinungszeit belegte es Platz zwölf, 14 bzw. Platz 35.



Commons: Taylor Swift – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


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  2. Cutter; Kimberley: Taylor Swift's Rise to America's Sweetheart. In: Marie Claire. 2. Juni 2010, abgerufen am 7. Februar 2014.
  3. Cohen, Erica: Taylor Swift's father is a Blue Hen. In: UDaily. 23. September 2009, abgerufen am 7. Februar 2014.
  4. Lizzie Widdicombe: "You Belong With Me". In: The New Yorker, 10. Oktober 2011. Abgerufen am 11. Oktober 2011. 
  5. Taylor Swift: Biography. In: TV Guide. Abgerufen am 16. Oktober 2011.
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  8. Artist Chart History: Taylor Swift - Tim McGraw. In: Billboard. Abgerufen am 24. Januar 2010.
  9. Taylor Swift Continues Billboard 200 Dominance. In: Billboard. Abgerufen am 30. Januar 2010.
  10. Taylor Swift Edges Susan Boyle For 2009's Top-Selling Album. In: Billboard. Abgerufen am 30. Januar 2010.
  11. Week Ending Feb. 8, 2009: Shady's Back (Tell A Friend). In: Yahoo Music Blog (von Paul Grein). 11. Februar 2009. Abgerufen am 14. Februar 2010.
  12. 36th People's Choice Awards - Favorite Female Artist. In: CBS. Abgerufen am 31. Januar 2010.
  13. Fearless Tour 2010. In: Ticketk.com. Abgerufen am 31. Januar 2010.
  14. Monica Herrera: Taylor Swift Announces New Album 'Speak Now,' Out Oct. 25. Billboard. 20. Juli 2010. Abgerufen am 22. Juli 2010.
  15. Chuck Dauphin: Taylor Swift Announces 'Red' Album, New Single. Billboard.com. 13. August 2012. Archiviert vom Original am 16. August 2012. Abgerufen am 16. August 2012.
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  21. Joe Lynch: Taylor Swift Reveals New Album 'Reputation' Coming In Nov., First Single Out Thursday. In: Billboard. 23. August 2016, abgerufen am 7. September 2017.
  22. Taylor Swift Shares 'Reputation' Tracklist, Confirms Ed Sheeran & Future Collab. In: Billboard. (billboard.com [abgerufen am 10. November 2017]).
  23. Taylor Swift’s Reputation Stadium Tour highest grossing in US history. In: The Music Network. 2. Dezember 2018, abgerufen am 8. April 2019.
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  25. Daniel Kreps: Taylor Swift Cancels All 2020 Tour Dates Due to Coronavirus. In: Rolling Stone. 17. April 2020, abgerufen am 12. Juni 2020 (amerikanisches Englisch).
  26. Madison Bloom: Listen to Taylor Swift’s City of Lover Film Soundtrack. Abgerufen am 12. Juni 2020 (amerikanisches Englisch).
  27. Denise Petski: YouTube Reschedules Virtual Commencement Ceremony With The Obamas, Beyoncé Due To George Floyd Memorial Service – Watch. In: Deadline. 7. Juni 2020, abgerufen am 12. Juni 2020 (englisch).
  28. Denise Petski: YouTube Reschedules Virtual Commencement Ceremony With The Obamas, Beyoncé Due To George Floyd Memorial Service – Watch. In: Deadline. 7. Juni 2020, abgerufen am 12. Juni 2020 (englisch).
  29. GMA: Taylor Swift announces new album, 'Folklore,' debuts tonight. 23. Juli 2020, abgerufen am 23. Juli 2020 (englisch).
  30. Taylor Swift bricht den Billboard-Rekord. 4. August 2020, abgerufen am 5. August 2020.
  31. Winners & Nominees. Abgerufen am 15. April 2021 (englisch).
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