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Birth name Taylor Alison Swift
Taylor Alison Swift
(born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress.
In 2006, she
debut single "Tim McGraw", which peaked at number six on the Billboard country charts.
Later in October 2006, she
self-titled debut album, which produced five hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and was certified 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA.
The New York Times
as "one of pop's finest songwriters, country's foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her
inner life than most adults".
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Swift was the biggest selling artist of 2008 in the United States with combined sales of more than four million albums.
Fearless and her
self-titled album finished 2008 at number three and number six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million.
She was the first artist in the history of Nielsen SoundScan to have two different albums in the Top 10 on the year end album chart.
Fearless has topped the Billboard 200 in 11 non-consecutive weeks.
No album has spent more time at number one since 1999-2000.
It also was the first album by a female artist in country music history to log eight weeks at #1 on The Billboard 200.
In mid-January 2009, Swift became the first country artist to top the 2 million mark in paid downloads with three different songs.
As of the week ending February 8, 2009, Swift's
single "Love Story" became the country song with most paid downloads in history and the first country song to top the Mainstream Top 40 chart.
then subsequently went onto replicate the feat, reaching #1 again on the Mainstream Top 40 in September 2009 with "You Belong With Me", making it just the second country song in the chart's history to reach the top.
is one of the two females with the most top 40 hits this decade.
According to the 2009 issue of Forbes
is ranked as the 69th most powerful celebrity with over $18 million in earnings this year.
Swift was born in the borough of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania.
is the daughter of Scott Swift, a stock broker, and his
wife Andrea, a homemaker.
has a younger brother, Austin.
2006–2008: Taylor Swift
said, "I wrote the song in my freshman year of high school.
self-titled debut album Taylor Swift
was released on October 24, 2006.
wrote or co-wrote all of the songs on the album, which debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 and sold 39,000 copies during its first week.
It later peaked at number one at Billboard Top Country Albums and number five on the Billboard 200.
It also spent eight consecutive weeks at the top of the Top Country Albums charts and remained at the top for 24 out of 91 weeks.
The only other country artists this decade to achieve the number-one sales position for 20 weeks or more are The Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood.
As of November 2008, Taylor Swift
has sold over three million copies and 7.5 million single downloads.
has surpassed the 200 million mark for music streams on MySpace
She is currently ranked in the Top 10 for the most MySpace visits for all genres of music, and is MySpace's current top-ranking Country artist.
is the most searched musical artist on MySpace
The music video for "Tim McGraw" set a record by appearing for 30 consecutive weeks on GAC's fan-voted weekly Top 20 music countdown show, and reached number one on CMT's video charts.
The video also won Swift
an award for Breakthrough Video of the Year at the 2007 CMT Music Awards.
pursuit of country music stardom was the subject of "GAC Short Cuts", a part-documentary, part-music-video series airing since the summer of 2006 on the country music channel.
has been an opening act for Tim McGraw and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul 2007 tour.
On August 21, 2007, Swift
performed live on the season finale of America's Got Talent.
The second single from the Taylor Swift album, "Teardrops on My Guitar", was released February 24, 2007.
The song originally made its peak positions in mid-2007, peaking at #2 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart and #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The song was re-released to the Hot 100 and Pop 100 in late 2007 with a pop remix that brought "Teardrops on My Guitar" to #13 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the Pop 100.
In October 2007, Swift's
songwriting peers at the Nashville Songwriters Association
International honored her
with their Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award, making her
the youngest artist ever to win the award.
On November 7, 2007, Swift
won the 2007 CMA Horizon Award and also performed "Our Song," the third single from her
album, which would go on to become her
first #1 song the week of December 22, 2007, where it leaped up from the #6 spot.
also recorded a holiday album, Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, which was released October 16, 2007, exclusively available at Target stores.
The album, which was not as successful as her
self-titled debut, featured both holiday classics such as "Last Christmas
" and original songs written by Swift
Swift was nominated for a 2008 Grammy Award in the category of Best New Artist, but lost to Amy Winehouse.
had wanted to do that performance on stage with the water and the change of clothes since she
was ten years old.
"Should've Said No" became her
second Number One single for the chart dated August 23, 2008.
With her self-titled debut album at #2 the same week, Swift became the first artist to hold the Top 2 positions of the Top Country Albums chart since LeAnn Rimes did so in 1997.
latest studio album, Fearless, was released in the United States on November 11, 2008.
During the first week of release, more than 129,000 of Swift's
sales were sold digitally.
This gives Swift
the best online start for any country album in history.
It also makes Swift
the fourth biggest week for a digital album since Nielsen SoundScan
began tracking them in 2004.
Through its eighth week of release, Fearless has sold more than 338,467 paid downloads, making it the bestselling country album in digital history.
In second place is Swift's
debut Taylor Swift
with sales of 236,046 downloads as of April 18, 2009.
In its debut week, seven songs in total on Fearless were charted on Billboard Hot 100, tying Swift with Hannah Montana for the most by a female artist in a single week.
With "White Horse" charted at #13, this gave Swift her sixth top 20 debut of 2008, a calendar year record for any artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.
It is also called as Taylor Swift's
Swift is Billboard's Top Country Artist and Hot Country Songwriter of 2008; she is also country music's best-selling artist of 2008.
Swift ranked seventh on Nielsen SoundScan
Canada's top-10 selling artists across all genres in 2008.
Fearless and Taylor Swift
took the #1 and #2 slots on 2008 Year-End Canadian Country Albums Chart.
sang the Star-Spangled Banner at game three of the World Series in Philadelphia on October 25, 2008.
On January 10, 2009, Swift
first musical guest appearance on Saturday Night Live, making her
the youngest country singer to appear as a musical guest on the show in its 33-year run.
show achieved SNL's highest adult 18-49 rating and overall viewer total since the November election (in 2008).
It was tied for the #7 rating of that week among all broadcast and cable entertainment programs on all networks and outscored all its telecasts of last season in 18-49 and total viewers.
On February 8, 2009, Swift
song "Fifteen" with Miley Cyrus at the 51st Grammy Awards.
Since the release of Swift's
second album, Fearless, she
has released one new song "Crazier" for the soundtrack of the feature film Hannah Montana: The Movie.
At the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, Swift picked up Album of the Year honors as a performer and producer for Fearless.
She is the youngest artist in history to win Album of the Year award.
was also awarded the Academy's Crystal Milestone Award, given for Outstanding Achievement in Country Music.
The Academy lauded her
for career achievements including selling more albums in 2008 than any other artist in any genre of music, the breakthrough success of her
debut album (which spawned five Top 10 hits, more than any in history for a female artist's debut CD), and the worldwide crossover success of her
#1 single "Love Story".
The Academy also cited Swift's
contribution to helping country music attract a younger audience.
As of late April 2009, Swift