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Taylor Swift makes debut on Forbes' 100 Most Powerful Women list

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Published 27/05/2015 | 12:23

Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2015. REUTERS/L.E. Baskow
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Taylor Swift has made the Forbes Power Women List.

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It's the first time the country-turned-pop singer has been included in the prestigious list, ranking at number 64.

She joins the likes of Angelina Jolie (54), Ellen DeGeneres (50) and Beyoncé Knowles (21) to be one of the 11 women in entertainment who made the list of 100 females.

Taylor is one of the most recognisable faces in music, and once again picked up a hoard of gongs at this year's award ceremonies. Some of the prizes she won in 2015 include a Brit Award, three iHeartRadio Awards and eight Billboard Awards.

Taylor Swift (C) introduces a performance by Van Halen with Zendaya (L), model Martha Hunt, (2nd L) model Lily Aldridge, actress Haille Steinfeld and actress Ellen Pompeo during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Taylor Swift (C) introduces a performance by Van Halen with Zendaya (L), model Martha Hunt, (2nd L) model Lily Aldridge, actress Haille Steinfeld and actress Ellen Pompeo during the 2015 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada May 17, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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Her latest album 1989, which saw her fully transform into a popstar and shake off her country roots, was 2014’s first album to go platinum. Between its release on October 27 and November 2, 1989 made up 22 per cent of all albums sold in the US and has spawned hits such as Shake It Off and new song Bad Blood.

The blonde singer has a strong social media presence too, with 58million Twitter followers and 31.6million Instagram fans. She's yet to post about making the Forbes list.

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Other women in entertainment to feature include media mogul Oprah Winfrey (12), Sofía Vergara (57) and Shakira (81). Hollywood power players Bonnie Hammer (52), Donna Langley (58), Dana Walden (74) and Chinese actress Yao Chen (82) also feature.

Topping the list is German chancellor Angela Merkel, who reigns supreme for the fifth year in a row.

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America's First Lady Michelle Obama (10), Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (41) and Hillary Clinton (2) are also included.

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