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Swiftly climbed the charts!


Taylor Allison Swift also known as Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Reading, Pennsylvania. She is one of the most influential and successful figures in the music industry. Her career began when she was fairly young, and she has since become a world wide phenomenon. Swift signed her first record contract with Big Machine Records at the age of 15. Her self-titled Taylor Swift debut album, released in 2006, which went platinum and established her as a country music sensation.

On November 11, 2008, Swift released her second album Fearless. This album was more country pop but debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, selling over half a million copies in its first week. And held the number one spot for eight weeks straight. Swift´s transition to pop music began with the release of her album RED in 2012 and continued with the release of 1989 in 2014, which marked her formal entry into the pop genre and was a massive commercial success. Swift is one of the best-selling musicians, having sold over 200 million records globally, the most-streamed female artist on Spotify, and the only act to have five albums with first-week sales of over one million copies in the US.

Swift has received multiple Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year for her albums Fearless and 1989. She has many times been chosen Billboard’s Woman of the Year. Swift has been named the winner of the Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist. And in 2019, she received the American Music Award for Artist of the Decade. Swift was named one of the world’s 100 most influential individuals by Time magazine. She has several number-one albums to her name, including Fearless, Speak Now, Red, 1989, Reputation, Lover, and Folklore.

Taylor Swift is well-known for her songwriting, having won Songwriter/Artist of the Year several times. In 2016, her album 1989 won the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.Swift is an outspoken supporter of several charity causes and has generously donated to disaster relief and education initiatives. For example, she contacted Scholastic Books about donating 6,000 books to her hometown’s Reading Public Library in Reading, Pennsylvania. The Reading Public Library was on the verge of closing, and Swift’s donation not only assisted the library, but also saved it, and hoped to encourage kids to read more. Overall Taylor Swift has released 10 albums and is on a tour called The Eras Tour where she performs some songs from all her albums. She started her tour in March 2023 and it is said that it will conclude in 2024.

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Emanuel Cruz
Emanuel Cruz, Staff Writer

Emanuel Cruz is a junior at Hoover High School. He was born on April 13, raised in San Diego, California, by his parents who immigrated to live the American Dream. He has two older siblings but he will be the first one in his family to graduate from Hoover, as the class of 2025. He also has two cats that he treasures and loves. He doesn’t really have a plan after high school but does want to attend SDSU. He wishes to have a career and is inspired by both his sister and brother.

Outside of school he enjoys watching movies and of course playing video games. His current favorite movies are Everything Everywhere All At Once, Interstellar, and La La Land. As for his video games, they are Roblox, Good Pizza Great Pizza, and Mario Kart 8. But something else that he absolutely loves is FOOD! His favorite dish is chilaquiles with a cold glass of Iced Tea.

He hopes to work in the medical field, but can’t decide on which career. What he does know is that he wants to help people whether that be helping them physically or mentally. He is currently in FACES and in Cardinals Interact which are programs that will expose him to decide which career is the best option for him.