The New York Times: How Big is Taylor Swift? 

by | May 27, 2024 | Music

May be an image of 8 people and text that says 'How Big Is Taylor Swift? As big as the Beatles? Michael Jackson? Beyoncé? We crunched the numbers.-'
It may be impossible to do an exact, one-to-one comparison between Taylor Swift’s career and that of the Beatles — or Madonna, Michael Jackson, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John or your icon of choice.
The nature of success (and how it is calculated) has changed drastically over time. And much of a star’s grip on the zeitgeist is intangible. But we ran the numbers, taking stock of what Swift has accomplished so far alongside some of the heaviest hitters in each category.




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