Taylor Swift Has a ‘Big Reputation’ and Lives Up To It

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There’s not one thing Taylor Swift can’t do. From overcoming misogyny in the music industry to breaking sales and streaming records, she truly is an icon of our generation. 

More than just an international pop star, Swift is an incredible business woman. 

The award-winning artist cultivates her “Swifties” by dropping little Easter eggs like a scavenger hunt leading up to her album releases. 

Seven months before releasing  her newest album “Midnights,” when Swift received her honorary docorate from NYU in 2022, she quoted  track No. 5  “You’re On Your Own, Kid” in her address to students

“Scary news is: You’re on your own now.

Cool news is: You’re on your own now.”

Swift released her debut album “Taylor Swift” when she was just 16 years old and says she couldn’t understand the misogyny in the music industry, according to a 2019 cnbc interview.  As she got older and gained success, men started to fear her.

Swift has called out the double standard for women writing songs about love. Some people say Swift only writes about her relationships, but no one criticizes men for doing this.

Swift signed with Big Machine Records in 2005 with a contract that would last until  2018. The contract stated that the label owns all of her original recordings and they can do whatever they want with them. 

This is exactly what they did when Swift left Big Machine forUniversal’s Republic Records with the intention of owning her future recordings. Big Machine sold her recordings to Scooter Braun for $300 million in 2019. 

Swift was unable to buy her masters back, but she is now re-recording her first six albums. She’s also adding songs from the vault to keep fans engaged. So if you see an album that says (Taylor’s Version) that means she owns the rights to her masters. Most people in the music industry don’t own their masters, so Swift broke that boundary and called for other artists to own their masters.

Swift felt betrayed by Braun, who bullied her through his client Kanye West (Ye). Braun was Ye’s manager when he released the track “Famous,” undercutting Swift’s success by claiming he made her famous:

“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex

Why? I made that b**** famous”

This is after the 2009 MTV music awards when West interrupted Swift while she was giving her acceptance speech for Best Video by a Female Artist. 

Taylor Swift will “forever and always” be more than just a pop star who writes break up songs. She’s leading the way for more women to take back their power in the music industry.