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Taylor Swift (born 1989) is an American singer-songwriter. She has sold more than 50 million albums and 150 million single downloads worldwide. Swift released her self-titled debut album in 2006, which spent more weeks than any other album on the Billboard 200 in the 2000s. Her second album, Fearless (2008), became the best-seller of 2009 in the US and won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner. With her later albums Speak Now (2010), Red (2012), 1989 (2014) and Reputation (2017), she became the first act to have four albums sell a million copies within one week in the US. The last three albums spawned the number-one singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", "Shake It Off", "Blank Space", "Bad Blood", and "Look What You Made Me Do". Swift's many accolades include ten Grammy Awards and appearances in Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time, Time 100, and Forbes Celebrity 100. (Full article...)
In the news
- Brazil's National Institute for Space Research announces that it has detected more than 39,000 wildfires in the Amazon rainforest since January.
- At least 80 people are killed and 160 others injured in a bombing at a wedding in Kabul, Afghanistan.
- All 233 people on board Ural Airlines Flight 178 (aircraft pictured) survive a crash following bird strikes in both engines of an Airbus A321.
- Typhoon Lekima impacts the Philippines, the Ryukyu Islands, Taiwan and East China, killing at least 80 people.