Taylor Swift is having one of the biggest years in pop history
Taylor Swift has accomplished more this calendar year than most artists hope to achieve during an entire career.
- Oh, and she's also reached billionaire status at the age of just 33.
Why it matters: Swift is having one of the biggest years in pop music history, on par with icons like The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Prince.
By the numbers: Swift embarked on "The Eras Tour" in March, which has grossed more than $780 million, making it the second-highest grossing tour of all time behind Elton John's "Farewell Yellow Brick Road."
- The corresponding concert film hit theaters in October and quickly became the highest-grossing concert film of all time.
Meanwhile, Swift's song, "Anti-Hero," from 2022's "Midnights" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in January.
- She followed that up with the release "Speak Now (Taylor's Version)" in July. It was the 12th No. 1 album of her career, the most by any woman in Billboard chart history.
What they're saying: "I have always been impressed with Taylor's desire and ability to do things her way, all the way, all the time," Alice Enders, a music industry analyst for Enders Analysis, tells Axios.
- "She is in total control, and only the biggest artist can seek and maintain this kind of control in relation to the labels, venue operators, and cinema chains."
- Her crossover success is reminiscent of Prince's legendary 1984 run with "Purple Rain" and Eminem's 2002 that included his album "The Eminem Show" and the film "8 Mile."
- There's also the year Beyoncé is having, including the "Renaissance World Tour," which grossed $579 million — the second-highest total for a woman after Swift — and a concert film set to be released on Dec. 1.
Yes, but: "It's a different world from the Beatles and Michael Jackson," says Enders.
- "Back then, artists made money from their albums and rarely toured, and prices were much lower. Today, touring is much more lucrative than it ever was before, and fans have a very strong appetite for the 'experience' of the live performance."
The bottom line: Swift has amassed one of the most impressive years in music history and there are still two months left to go.
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