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A Testament to Taylor Swift’s Global Impact

Angelica Mae D. Gomez | Feature Writer

At some point, you found yourself singing or dancing along to one of Taylor Swift’s latest tunes.

One of the biggest pop stars today, Taylor Swift makes music that receives phenomenal radio play. With a myriad of her other supplementary music videos on YouTube, it’s hard to miss her relatable lyrics and catchy tunes that became bonding elements for a lot of teenage girls and women all around the world.

Leave it to Taylor Swift to sing about love in all its splendor, teenage longings, knights in shining armors, emotional ramifications caused by a break-up, more heartbreak, and finally, revenge.

The fact that her lyrics perfectly sum up what it feels to be a single woman in this conflict-laden world is worth mentioning.

I used to think it was important to find a boyfriend,” Swift once said in an interview for The Telegraph. “But I don’t feel that it is now. I just want to have as much fun and as many adventures as possible.”

Shaping up today’s music
Besides that, it is also undeniable how much her impact has helped shape today’s music and influenced other aspiring artists in the musical arena.

From country music to mainstream pop, the pop star has definitely conquered the shift in musical style with such grace and aplomb.

Continually reinventing herself year by year, who knows what other surprises Swift can cook up in her sleeve in the near future?

Is she one of the defining singer/songwriters of her generation? She might as well be.

Adding to her already impressive repertoire- Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, Teen’s Choice Awards, People’s Choice Awards, and  MTV VMAs among other things (because to be able to enumerate all would take the whole page of this article)-one could say that she is a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Regardless of other people’s opinion about her music, Swift is climbing the ladder towards becoming the most influential artist of her generation in terms of her impact on the industry.

Digital copyright issues
Who else could pull the plug on Spotify with regards to withdrawing her entire back catalogue from the biggest streaming music service to defend the concept that music should be bought, rather than rented, but Taylor Swift?

Apparently, she did it while reinforcing her own wisdom and beliefs as an artist in the music business when it comes to her strong grip towards digital copyright.

This was also her testament during her past issue with Apple that resulted in an open letter written by Swift to its CEO, Tim Cook, about not paying artists during an initial three-month free trial of Apple Music.

Just hours after the note went up, Apple announced it would indeed be paying artists for their music during the free period but at a reduced rate.

Cultural Weight
As of now, with 85.5 million followers on Twitter, 103.3 million followers on Instagram, and 74,198,687 likes on Facebook, she has the capacity to intrigue, tease, and reinforce fans with a single tweet on Twitter all the while shining on that gloried spotlight on high-profile friends, special fans, and new artists she enjoys acknowledging and promoting on all three social media platforms.

Taylor Swift and her brand of white feminism
Not to patronize her too much, but another pointer that should not be disregarded is her way of bringing with her other reinforcements like flaunting all her supermodel and high-profile celebrity friends and her dis tracks disguised as an empowering feminist kind of statement.

Speaking the hard truth and not disregarding her other great traits as a personality, but it’s hard not to notice that Taylor’s brand of feminism has very little to do with the actual political feminist movement.

Taylor Swift the Feminist asks not what she can do for feminism, but what feminism can do for her and her self-image.

 “Look What You Made Me Do”
The release of her new song “Look What You Made Me Do” and its subsequent music video has totally broken through the internet.

Following her single from her newest album “Reputation,” weeks ago she wiped all of her social media clean then began leaving cryptic clues like a snake emoji that hints something major is about to come.

As it turns out, the video brings in a new, darker, bolder, and edgier period for the lanky, blonde country singer-turned-pop star the world once knew.

Nevertheless, she still has a very strong and very supportive fan base that was often referred to as “Swifties” or “Taylor Nation.” Throughout her whole career, they have stayed loyal to Swift’s continuous progress in music, changing looks and hair styles, flings, and cat-related antics.

Taylor Swift may be sensationalized in the media as a bad kind of example for young fans who admired her and while there are certain instances that could justify these claims, it is important to note that whichever one’s opinion or side is, it is a personal perspective as Swift is far from being a perfect role model. Yet, she still remains as an important figure for many of the youths of this generation.

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