10 reasons why 2023 was totally Taylor Swift’s biggest and brightest year

10 reasons why 2023 was totally Taylor Swift’s biggest and brightest year
Taylor Swift gained several unparalleled achievements throughout 2023 (Getty Images)

Taylor Swift's unparalleled triumphs of 2023: A year of milestones

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 12: Taylor Swift attends the
Taylor Swift's rise in prominence was astronomical in 2023 (Getty Images)

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Taylor Swift has undeniably dominated 2023, solidifying her status as an influential force not only in the entertainment industry but also in the US economy. Fuelled by a host of successes, including the record-shattering Eras Tour, a blockbuster concert film, and the re-recorded Taylor's Versions, the Pennsylvania native has not merely sustained her influence but elevated it. So, let's have a look at her 10 most important accomplishments of 2023.  

Taylor Swift joined the billionaire's club

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 16: Taylor Swift attends the world premiere of
Forbes officially declared Taylor Swift a billionaire in October 2023 (Getty Images)

In October 2023, Forbes officially declared Taylor Swift a billionaire, estimating her net worth at $1.1 billion. What sets her apart is that the majority of her wealth, over $500 million, stems from music royalties and touring rather than diverse business ventures. The first leg of the Eras Tour alone contributed an estimated $190 million after taxes. Moreover, the corresponding concert film, 'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour', proved to be a lucrative venture, generating an additional $35 million within the initial two weeks of screenings. Swift's astute management of her music catalog added another $500 million to her burgeoning fortune. 

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Taylor Swift's Eras Tour becomes the highest-grossing music tour of all time

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Taylor Swift's Eras Tour managed to gain an impressive $1 billion in ticket sales (Getty Images)

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Taylor Swift's highly anticipated Eras Tour, launched in March 2023, shattered records to become the highest-grossing tour of all time. With an impressive $1 billion in ticket sales, the tour surpassed Elton John's Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, which had reportedly grossed about $939 million. Swift's tour is set to conclude in December 2024, totaling 151 shows across the globe

Taylor Swift named TIME's 2023 Person of the Year

TORONTO, ONTARIO - SEPTEMBER 09: (NO COVERS) Taylor Swift attends 'In Conversation With... Taylor Sw
Taylor Swift became the first woman to appear twice on a Person of the Year cover since its establishment in 1927 (Getty Images)

Acknowledging her monumental impact, TIME named Taylor Swift its 2023 Person of the Year. The pop sensation expressed, "This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been. Time Magazine's decision to anoint Swift as the Person of the Year stems from her unparalleled ability to achieve what they describe as "a kind of nuclear fusion." With the title, she also became the first woman to appear twice on a Person of the Year cover since its launch in 1927. 

Taylor Swift entered a groundbreaking deal with AMC for 'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' movie

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 26: Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards at Prudential C
Taylor Swift entered a direct deal with AMC Entertainment, bypassing traditional studios (Getty Images)

Taylor Swift opted for an unconventional approach with her 'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' movie, striking a historic deal with AMC Entertainment. Bypassing traditional studios, she earned 57% of ticket sales directly, setting a new standard in film distribution. 

'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' became the top-grossing concert film in history

PARK CITY, UTAH - JANUARY 23: Taylor Swift attends the 2020 Sundance Film Festival -
'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' movie made $179.2 million in domestic sales (Getty Images)

'Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour' movie surpassed all expectations, becoming the highest-grossing concert film in history. With over $178 million in domestic sales and $249 million globally, it outshone previous records of 'Justin Bieber: Never Say Never' and Michael Jackson's 'This Is It'. 

Taylor Swift's 'Cruel Summer' topped the Billboard Hot 100

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 13: Talyor Swift performs onstage during iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Bal
Taylor Swift's 'Cruel Summer' reached No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 four years after its release in 2019 (Getty Images)

The single 'Cruel Summer' from Taylor Swift's album 'Lover' achieved the remarkable feat of reaching No 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 four years after its release in 2019. Previously, it had only been able to achieve the No 3 but rose to significant prominence after the pop star performed the song during Eras Tour concerts.  

Taylor Swift played a part in boosting the US economy

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - SEPTEMBER 20:  NSAI Songwriter-Artist of the Decade honoree, Taylor Swift att
Apart from being a force in the entertainment industry, Taylor Swift also played a part in boosting the US economy (Getty Images)

Taylor Swift's Eras Tour not only added billions to her net worth but also contributed significantly to the US economy. Estimates suggest a potential $5.7 billion boost in the nation's GDP, impacting travel and tourism in regions where she performed.

Launch of two highly successful Taylor's Version albums

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 20: Taylor Swift, winner of the Artist of the Year award; Favorit
Taylor Swift released two re-recorded albums in 2023 (Getty Images)

Taylor Swift marked 2023 with the release of two highly successful Taylor’s Version albums. The re-recorded version of 'Speak Now' graced the music scene on July 7, followed by '1989 (Taylor’s Version)' three months later on October 27. Both albums speedily secured the coveted No 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart, showcasing Swift's enduring popularity.

Taylor Swift became Spotify's most-streamed artist globally

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 28: Taylor Swift attends the 2022 MTV VMAs at Prudential Center on Augus
Taylor Swift was crowned Spotify's most-streamed artist globally for 2023 (Getty Images)

Taylor Swift was crowned Spotify's most-streamed artist globally for 2023, accumulating over 26.1 billion streams on the platform. As Spotify Wrapped unveiled its annual rankings, the 'Blank Space' singer surpassed all contenders, amassing a staggering 26.1 billion streams between January and November. This impressive feat dethroned Bad Bunny, who held the title for three consecutive years since 2020, reaffirming Swift's unparalleled popularity on a global scale.

Taylor Swift created uproar with her romance with Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce

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Travis Kelce and Taylor Swift sparked romance rumors in September (MEGA/GC Images)

In a charming attempt to capture Taylor Swift's attention, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce devised a unique plan during one of Eras Tour concerts in Missouri. Armed with a friendship bracelet adorned with a phone number, Kelce aimed to win the heart of the Grammy Award-winning superstar. The Chiefs tight end openly shared the romantic gesture and his admission of defeat on his 'New Heights' podcast. Little did he know that this public acknowledgment would be the key to capturing Swift's attention, setting the stage for a romance that would soon capture the hearts of fans worldwide. The power couple made their relationship public in September, with Swift attending a Chiefs game and sharing a box with Kelce's mother.

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