Tay Tay. Swifty. T-Swizzle. Dead Tooth (for real look it up). However you refer to her, one thing is for certain Taylor Swift is the reigning Queen of Pop, and theres no one in sight to take her crown. Seven Grammys. Four consecutive, number one albums. An endless parade of hit singles. The kids only 25 years old, for Chrissakes. And just this past year, Taylor made the decision to cross over from country to pop; its a move thats sure to widen her appeal even further. What about Taylor has captured the imaginations of so many fans? It probably has something to do with her awkward persona, which makes her instantly relatable to any teen whos felt left out, misplaced, or otherwise out of touch. It probably has something to do with her lyrics; extremely confessional, intimately personal, and relentlessly self-effacing. It probably has something to do with her accessibility Taylor famously shows up on her fans doorsteps to surprise them. And lets be real; it probably has something to do with her raw talent. Taylor has been writing her own hit songs since she was a freshman in high school, and shes got a finely tuned ear for a catchy hook and a memorable chorus. Now nobody should presume to know anything about Taylor that her dedicated fans dont know. After all, nobody needs need 54 million Twitter followers breaking down their door. So, Taylor Swift fans: Think of this article as an advanced course for the casuals, and a refresher course for the die-hards. Here are 10 Things You Didnt Know About Taylor Swift. And feel free to add your own Taylor trivia in the comments. Inquiring minds wish to know!
Kevin is an AP English Language teacher and freelance writer from Queens, NY. His focus is on American pop culture and American issues. He wrote a weekly column for Complex called "Throwback Thursdays," which spotlighted video games and trends from previous console generations. Kevin has also been published in VIBE, Salon, PopMatters, Joystiq, and Racialicious. Follow him on Twitter to learn more.