Taylor Swift Extends Her Influence Beyond Music to Politics

Taylor Swift rocked the 2018 AMAs and got out the vote.

Taylor Swift has been famously apolitical throughout her career — wearing a Hillary Clinton-inspired black sweater to reveal your vote for the 2016 election doesn’t quite count — but that changed Oct. 7, when the “Shake It Off” singer posted a direct endorsement of Tennessee’s Democratic midterm candidates on her Instagram. Come November, it looks like Senate candidate Phil Bredesen and House Representative candidate Jim Cooper will both get a vote from the famous country-turned-pop star.

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“In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions,” her post stated, “but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now.”

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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! ????????????
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For Swift, the mere mention of politics on social media is a radical act, but she took it a step further at the 2018 American Music Awards on Oct. 9. After accepting her award for Artist of the Year, she took the opportunity to encourage her fans to get out and vote. It looks like her fans took that to heart.

“We are up to 65,000 registrations in a single 24-hour period since T. Swift’s post,” said Kamari Guthrie, director of communications for Vote.org, reported Buzzfeed. That’s more than the entire country registered in the entire month of August, according to CNN.

Swift’s Headlines Amp Up Her Album Ranking

Politics isn’t the only thing Swift has made headlines about in 2018. After taking about two and a half years off from touring, Swift finally returned with her much-anticipated “Reputation” stadium tour. The music superstar launched her tour in Glendale, Ariz., on May 8, and is set to perform at locations around the world through the end of November.

Swift is already one of the world’s highest-paid entertainers, and her latest string of concerts and public appearances have the potential to add millions to her net worth. Her latest album “Reputation,” for example, shot back up into the top 10 from No. 32 following the Instagram post, according to iTunesCharts.com.

Taylor Swift Net Worth: $400 Million

Swift’s net worth is $400 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In the first half of 2017, the “Bad Blood” singer had taken in $44 million from continued earnings from her music, endorsements and merchandise, Forbes reported.

Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in the suburb of Wyomissing. But as a young teen, her family moved to Nashville, Tennessee so she could pursue her music career. At age 13, Swift scored a development deal with RCA Records — and that’s how Swift’s career began.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Tour Ticket Sales

Swift’s “Reputation” stadium tour is projected to bring in $450 million in ticket sales, which would make it one of the highest-grossing tours of all time, Billboard reported. The site also reported that Swift sold $180 million worth of tickets in the first seven days of sales alone.

The singer’s high sales numbers from the shows are due in part to higher ticket prices: In some cities, prices have been upwards of $500 for floor seats, $800 for pit passes and $1,500 for VIP tickets. Ticket prices are higher than for Swift’s past tours to make it more difficult for tickets to be bought and re-sold for marked up prices on the secondary market, according to Billboard.

Taylor Swift’s Album Sales

Swift made her debut in 2006 as a country singer with the single “Tim McGraw.” Since then, she has mastered the nearly impossible task of transitioning from country music superstar to pop princess. Although her shift to mainstream had been in the works for years, “1989” was her first official completely pop album.

Swift’s last four albums — “Speak Now,” “Red,” “1989” and “Reputation” — each sold more than 1 million copies the week they were released. Her most recent record, “Reputation,” became her sixth album to sell over 2 million copies, and is the only album released in the last two years to sell 2 million copies in the U.S., Billboard reported. Forbes noted, however, that this album took longer than past albums to break the 2 million mark, and that it probably did not live up to Swift’s sales expectations. Regardless of how long it took to sell the units, “Reputation” was 2017’s best-selling album, Forbes reported.

Swift’s previous five albums have sold approximately 33.11 million units worldwide and 26.12 million in the U.S. alone, according to Statistic Brain.

Here’s a look back at Taylor Swift’s album sales:

Album NameRelease DateU.S. Sales
“1989”20145.02 million
“Red”20124.13 million
“Speak Now”20104.5 million
“Fearless”20086.95 million
“Taylor Swift”20065.52 million
Source: Statistic Brain

In addition to chart-topping albums, there have been five Swift songs to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Look What You Made Me Do,” “Bad Blood,” “Blank Space,” “Shake It Off” and “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”

Taylor Swift’s Record-Breaking Tours

Swift’s last tour, 2015’s “The 1989 World Tour,” grossed more than $250 million worldwide, with almost $200 million from North American tour dates alone. That broke the record for North American tour earnings previously held by The Rolling Stones. The “1989” Swift concert tour was the top-grossing worldwide tour of 2015.

Her previous tours also had impressive earnings: Swift earned $150.2 million in ticket sales from 2013 and 2014’s “Red Tour,” $123 million for the “Speak Now” world tour in 2011 and 2012 and $63.7 million from her “Fearless Tour” in 2009 and 2010.

Taylor Swift: Businesswoman and Advocate

The pop singer doesn’t just make music — she’s also one of the richest and most successful businesswomen. Swift and her family own a large portion of her record label, Big Machine Records. She’s also had big-name endorsement deals with Keds, Diet Coke, Apple, DirectTV and AT&T. The multi-talented singer has added fashion designer to her resume with her clothing collection sold in China on the Heritage 66 site.

Adding to her net worth, Swift owns several real estate properties. Her portfolio includes a $25 million mansion and a $2.9 million cottage-style home in Beverly Hills, Calif.; a nearly $20 million, 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom condo, an $18 million townhouse and a $9.75 million, 3,540-square-foot apartment in New York City; a $3.8 million estate and a $2 million condo in the Nashville, Tenn., area; and a $20.6 million vacation home in Watch Hill, R.I. Swift recently listed one of her Beverly Hills properties for $2.95 million, according to Trulia.

She also owns two Dassault private jets, according to Forbes, which can be worth as much as $58 million each, depending on the model.

Swift’s Work for Artists’ Rights and Women’s Rights

Swift has become an advocate for artists’ rights against low-royalty streaming services. In 2014, she pulled all her music from Spotify. Swift threatened to keep “1989” from appearing on Apple Music because of a company policy to not pay royalties during a customer’s free trial period, which resulted in company executives agreeing to change their policy just one day later. She returned to Spotify in June 2017, likely in anticipation of her new music releases.

In August 2017, Swift spoke out against sexual assault following a highly publicized trial. She had accused radio host David Mueller of groping her at a meet-and-greet photo session in 2013. He was found guilty of alleged assault and battery.

“I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this,” she told People magazine in a statement. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”

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Taylor Swift’s Squad and Relationships

Swift might be best-known for her ever-expanding “girl squad” of celebrity friends. Some of her posse of models, actresses and singers includes Gigi Hadid, Lily Aldridge, Lena Dunham, Jaime King, Selena Gomez, Hailee Steinfeld, Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss. Swift even featured many members of her girl squad in her “Bad Blood” music video.

Along with her girl squad, Swift is known for writing telling breakup songs. Some of her famous exes include entertainers Tom Hiddleston, Calvin Harris, Harry Styles, Jake Gyllenhaal, John Mayer, Taylor Lautner and Joe Jonas.

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Swift has been dating British actor Joe Alwyn since 2017, and the couple still seems to be going strong — just like Swift’s career.

Here’s how all her rumored exes stack up in terms of net worth:

Calvin Harris$190 million
Harry Styles$75 million
Jake Gyllenhaal$65 million
Taylor Lautner$40 million
John Mayer$40 million
Tom Hiddleston$20 million
Joe Jonas$18 million
Conor Kennedy$10 million
Lucas Till$2 million

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Sean Dennison contributed to the reporting for this article.