Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has had a packed 2014, and she only got busier with the recent release of her new album ‘1989’ which features the hits ‘Shake It Off’ and ‘Blank Space’.
The songstress has also announced a world tour that’s set for next year, so with a track – and ongoing – record of such hard work and dedication, it’s little wonder then that Taylor has been confirmed as the most influential musician in the UK’s press.
Swift has been named in The Guardian’s MediaGuardian 100 poll – where she landed in tenth place – but she is the only musician, and female to boot, that features that high.
The list – which was created by a panel of judges from the world of media – also includes the likes of Lenny Henry (actor, writer, comedian), Dick Costolo (chief executive, Twitter) and Tim Cook (chief executive, Apple) who featured in the Top 10.
The Guardian released a statement explaining the decision to feature Taylor Swift so highly in the list, revealing: “She only came to our attention when she pulled her back-catalogue from Spotify, almost singlehandedly bringing the issue of artist remuneration into the spotlight.”
When Taylor decided to remove her music from Spotify, she did explain her reasons for doing so, but nonetheless, many of her fans were left feeling disappointed at the move.
She explained: “All I can say is that music is changing so quickly, and the landscape of the music industry itself is changing so quickly, that everything new, like Spotify, all feels to me a bit like a grand experiment.”
She added: “I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists, and creators of this music.”
But back to the Guardian’s list, and at the top of it is co-founder and chief executive of Google, Larry Page, while Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is in second place, closely followed by Apple’s Tim Cook in third place.
Other notable names on the list include Simon Cowell, Russell Brand and Benedict Cumberbatch. The full Top 100 list can be found by clicking this link.
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