On December 6, 2023, it was revealed that Taylor Swift had been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year. Interestingly, among the contenders were Xi Jinping, Charles III, Barbie doll, prosecutors of Donald Trump, and even Putin. However, it was the American singer who managed to claim the prestigious title, much to the delight of her fans. But what criteria did the magazine editors follow and why did they choose Taylor specifically? You will find out in our material in the next couple of minutes.
Taylor Swift became the Person of the Year.
Undoubtedly, the news that Taylor Swift has been named Person of the Year by Time magazine spread across many media outlets within hours. However, for many internet users who are not fans of the singer, such a decision on the part of the editors became a significant surprise. Some even began to recall almost all the faults of the artist.
Nevertheless, we hope that after reading this material, any such doubts you may have will be dispelled. It is worth noting that for Taylor herself, the year 2023 is ending triumphantly. The artist herself admits that she has ‘never felt so happy and proud.’ And there is certainly something to be proud of here.
And, of course, it is important to highlight the Eras tour. Undoubtedly, Swift’s concerts are particularly memorable for their duration. A whole 180 minutes, can you imagine that? The singer’s fans have the opportunity to enjoy their idol’s live performance for 3 hours. However, after such an ordeal, Taylor herself needed serious rest.
‘I don’t get out of bed. Maybe just to grab food, take it to bed, and eat there. I can barely speak because I’ve been singing for three concerts in a row. Every time I take a step, my legs crack from dancing in heels,’ she admits.
«An extraordinary person.»
It is also noteworthy to mention the relaunch of her decade-old album ‘1989.’ In 2023, the album became the best-selling in the United States. Interestingly, the second and third positions in this ranking are also occupied by Taylor Swift’s musical albums: ‘Midnights’ and ‘Speak Now.’ In addition to the mentioned albums of the singer, two more are in the top 10 in the U.S.: ‘Folklore’ and ‘Lover.’ The artist became the first female performer to achieve such a result.
Thanks to seven Grammy nominations in the ‘Song of the Year’ category, Taylor surpassed Sir Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie. Additionally, eight sold-out shows at Wembley Stadium allowed her to equal the record set by the pop group Take That. To wrap it up, it’s worth noting the number of streams on Spotify — over 100 million per month. Taylor Swift holds the top spot on the streaming service. For comparison, Beyoncé can boast only 50 million monthly streams and the 52nd position on the service’s chart.
By the way, Taylor managed to surpass Beyoncé in earnings. Perhaps you’ve heard that the business publication Bloomberg already labels the singer as a billionaire. However, it is important to note that she became the first artist to amass such wealth solely through music. Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Rihanna have businesses in the fashion industry, cosmetics, and even Hi-Fi equipment.
Taylor Swift is an extraordinary person. She is both the author and the heroine of her own story. She managed to overcome all boundaries to become a source of light,’ — Sam Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief of Time.
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