From breaking records to writing a feature film.
Taylor Swift’s 2022 turned out to be one long lavender haze. The prolific musician had one of the biggest years in her career thanks to the release of her 10th studio album, Midnights, This included making history on the Billboard charts to dominating every award show where she’s nominated.
Add on unprecedented mayhem for tickets to her highly-anticipated The Eras Tour and an announcement that she’s directing her first feature film, and this year was proof that Swift isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Time and time again, she’s proven that she continues to push herself creatively.
Since Swift achieved so much this year, refresh your memory with her biggest 2022 highlights below.
By far, Swift’s biggest moment of 2022 was when she released Midnights on Oct. 21. The star made history several times over with the release, including becoming the first artist to occupy all Top 10 spots on the Billboard Hot 100. Swift broke Drake’s previous record after he sent nine songs to the Hot 100 in September 2021 following the release of his sixth studio album, Certified Lover Boy.
According to Billboard, Midnights also had the biggest week for an album in seven years by selling 1.578 million equivalent album units in the states.
Following Midnights’ release, Swift announced plans to do something she hasn’t in years: tour. “I’m going back on tour,” she said on Good Morning America. “The tour is called The Eras Tour, and it’s a journey through all of my musical eras of my career.”
Unfortunately, the initial tour excitement didn’t last long. When presale tickets for Swift’s tour went live on Nov. 15, Ticketmaster crashed. According to Live Nation Entertainment’s chairman Greg Maffei, over 14 million people and bots tried to purchase presale tickets. “We could've filled 900 stadiums,” Maffei told CNBC during a Nov. 17 interview. Since there was an “insufficient” amount of tickets remaining for Swift’s tour following the presale, the general sale was canceled.
Swift responded to the fiasco with a Nov. 18 statement on Instagram telling fans she hopes to create “more opportunities” to connect in person. She made that happen just weeks later when Ticketmaster announced that they would be having another, smaller sale for Swift’s tour specifically for Verified Fans after being asked by her team to give fans another chance to score tickets.
The same day that Swift crashed Ticketmaster, the Recording Academy announced that All Too Well: The Short Film received a 2023 Grammy nomination for Best Music Video. It was the music video’s latest achievement following months of award show wins at the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards, and American Music Awards.
Swift has directed many of her own music videos over the years and expressed interest in making movies one day. Well, it seems her dream is becoming a reality because Variety reported on Dec. 9 that Swift will direct her first feature film for Searchlight Pictures. She reportedly wrote an original script to be produced by the studio, which is known for its Oscar-winning films like 12 Years A Slave and The Shape of Water.
No release date for Swift’s directorial has been announced.
After five long years, Taylor Swift’s legal battle surrounding “Shake It Off” was finally shook off. Variety reported on Dec.12 that songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler’s lawsuit over Swift’s 2014 single “Shake It Off” had ended.
According to Variety, Hall and Butler filed a copyright lawsuit in 2017 claiming Swift stole lyrics they wrote for the girl group 3LW’s 2001 single “Playas Gon’ Play.” Swift denied having heard of the song or the group. A trial date was set for January 2023, but both parties agreed to drop the lawsuit and avoid going to trial.
Clearly, 2022 was a great year for Swift but she isn’t slowing down. She’s speeding up actually, literally. Next, she’ll reunite with fans on her tour. Talk about iconic.