Trivia / Taylor Swift

  • Actor Allusion: Not for Taylor herself, but in her TV spot for #TaylorSwiftNow, Andy Samberg appears... and Taylor kicks him through a wall. On Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Samberg's character Jake is mentioned to be a Taylor Swift fanboy, was once detained at a concert of hers, and apparently isn't allowed within a hundred feet of her.
    Jake: But that was a misunderstanding. (dreamily) She's probably gonna write a song about me.
  • Acting for Two: "You Belong With Me": playing the Hollywood Homely girl next door and The Cheerleader.
    • Taken Up to Eleven (up to fifteen?) in the "Look What You Made Me Do" video, where she plays fifteen different versions of herself bickering in the outro.
  • All-Star Cast: The "Bad Blood" video, with (in alphabetical order) Jessica Alba, Lily Aldridge, Zendaya Coleman, Cindy Crawford, Cara Delevingne, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Ellie Goulding, Gigi Hadid, Mariska Hargitay, Martha Hunt, Karlie Kloss, Kendrick Lamar, Serayah McNeil, Ellen Pompeo, Hailee Steinfeld and Hayley Williams.
  • Black Sheep Hit:
    • "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" is a lot more bubblegum pop than her signature style. "I Knew You Were Trouble" has dubstep sounds in the chorus section.
    • "Shake It Off" is a peppy, horn-driven, very uptempo pop song even in comparison to the rest of the material on 1989, which is mainly '80's influenced synth-pop, none of which in turn can even remotely be considered as any kind of country music, the genre with which she became known initially.
  • Breakthrough Hit: "Teardrops On My Guitar" is the song that put her on the map for country music, while "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me" were her biggest crossovers until "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together".
  • Contractual Purity: She has openly stated she fully believes in this trope and that she has a responsibility to her younger fans. Here's a clip from her interview with with 60 Minutes where she discusses it.
    Swift: Itíd be really easy to say, ĎIím 21 now. I do what I want. You raise your kid.' But thatís not the truth of it. The truth of it is that every singer out there with songs on the radio is raising the next generation, so make your words count.
  • Creator Backlash: For some reason, her setlists tend to ignore the first album entirely, outside the occasional performance of "Our Song" and "Teardrops On My Guitar".
  • Creator Breakdown: The most popular example of this since Hideaki Anno and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Just about all of her songs are based on Real Life scenarios, most of which were relationships with boyfriends or high school friends with whom she had parted ways. Lampshaded by Taylor Swift herself, who said, "If you listen to my albums, itís like reading my diary."
  • Dawson Casting: Several of her videos, such as "Fifteen" and "The Story of Us", in which she plays high schoolers. Minor examples earlier, as she wasn't that much older than her characters, but it's started getting played more and more straight as she gets older (though to her credit, she doesn't look it).
  • Doing It for the Art: A Rolling Stones article revealed that the official announcement to switch from country to pop from 1989 onward is against her label's wish.
  • Executive Meddling: Big Machine had to get several radio stations to spam the first three singles from Speak Now for a day to get any of them to #1 on Mediabase (thus meaning they missed out going #1 on Billboard).
    • "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" got its huge debut thanks to a bunch of Clear Channel stations spamming the song for a day. They have done this to several other artists in 2012.
  • Fan Community Nicknames: It's mostly "Swifties".
  • Fan Nickname: T-Swizzle mainly originated from this video, and it stuck in some circles. Tay-Tay is another popular one.
  • Jossed: She admitted on 60 Minutes that "Mean" was inspired by the critics of a particularly off-key performance, killing a fair amount of WMGing.
  • Old Shame:
    • She was sixteen when she wrote "Picture to Burn", which originally included the line, "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy/That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay." Since then, she has stopped singing it that way in concerts, and no longer sells the song with that line, instead switching it to the version originally used for the radio, "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy/That's fine, you won't mind if I say..."
    • She's also singled out "Picture to Burn" as a type of emotion she would handle differently now, because sheís more mature and grown up. She actually said in an interview that it's an example of when she was young and immature and didnít know how to handle her emotions in an adult way.
    • Similarly, she's not too proud of some of the lyrics in "Better Than Revenge." Specifically, the lines that veer into Slut-Shaming and insinuating that you can "steal" a person. Again, she chocks this up to immaturity.
  • One of Us: See the quotes page for but a few examples.
    I already have a lightsaber, but thanks.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • Lucas Till, who has a Celeb Crush on Swift, appeared in the video for "You Belong With Me".
    • "White Horse" appeared on an episode of Grey's Anatomy, a favorite show of Taylor's.note 
    • Her first single was, at least in part, an ode to Tim McGraw, and then she worked with him (and Keith Urban) on his 2013 single "Highway Don't Care".
    • Before she moved to Nashville, she idolized George Strait. In 2007, she toured with him as one of the opening acts, and during one of the shows in her home state of Pennsylvania, he mentioned her by name between numbers. She was backstage when he did so, and was immediately floored and had to be carried to her dressing room to recover.
  • She Also Did: She also co-wrote and sang backing vocals on Kellie Pickler's hit "Best Days of Your Life", and wrote Little Big Town's 2017 hit "Better Man".
  • Streisand Effect: In late 2017, a minor blog named PopFront published an article suggesting a Taylor Swift song contained Alt-Right dog-whistles. It received exactly one comment - until two months later, when Swift's lawyer sent them an angry letter demanding they take the post down, and also that they couldn't publish said angry letter because it was copyrighted. Naturally, PopFront published it, a bunch of very large blogs picked up the story, the ACLU got involved, and many, many more people ended up seeing the article.
  • What Could Have Been: She originally signed with RCA Records but left the label before releasing any music.
  • Word of God: She provides the origins of each song on her website.