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Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is that rarest of pop phenomenona: a superstar who managed to completely cross over from country to the mainstream. Other singers performed similar moves -- notably, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson both became enduring mainstream icons based on their '70s work -- but Swift shed her country roots like they were a second skin; it was a necessary molting to reveal she was perhaps the sharpest, savviest, populist singer/songwriter of her generation, one who could harness the zeitgeist and turn it personal and, just as impressively, perform the reverse. These skills were evident on her earliest hits, especially the neo-tribute "Tim McGraw," but her second album, 2008's Fearless, showcased a songwriter discovering who she was and, in the process, finding a mass audience. Fearless wound up having considerable legs not only in the U.S., where it racked up six platinum singles on the strength of the Top 10 hits "Love Story" and "You Belong to Me," but throughout the world, performing particularly well in the U.K., Canada, and Australia. Speak Now, delivered almost two years later in the autumn of 2010, consolidated that success and Swift moved into the stratosphere of superstardom, with her popularity only increasing on 2012's Red and 2014's 1989, a pair of records that found her moving assuredly from country into a pop realm where she already belonged.

This sense of confidence had been apparent in Taylor Swift since the beginning. The daughter of two bankers -- her father, Scott Kingsley Swift, works at Merrill Lynch; her mother Andrea spent time as a mutual fund marketing executive -- Swift was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and raised in its suburb Wyomissing. She began to show interest in music at the age of nine and Shania Twain wound up as her biggest formative influence. Swift started to work regularly at local talent contests, eventually winning a chance to open for Charlie Daniels. Soon, she learned how to play guitar and began writing songs, signing a music management deal with Dan Dymtrow; her family relocated to Nashville with the intent of furthering her music career. She was just 14 years old but on the radar of the music industry, signing a development deal with RCA Records in 2004. Swift sharpened her skills with a variety of professional songwriters, forming the strongest connections with Liz Rose. Taylor's original songs earned her a deal with Sony/ATV publishing but not long after that 2004 deal, she parted ways with Dymtrow and RCA, all with the intent of launching her recording career now, not later.

Things started moving swiftly once Swift came to the attention of Scott Borchetta, a former DreamWorks Records exec about to launch Big Machine Records. Borchetta saw Swift perform at a songwriters showcase at the Bluebird Cafe and he signed her to Big Machine in 2005; shortly afterward, she started work on her debut with producer Nathan Chapman, who'd previously helmed demos for Taylor. Boasting original song credits on every one of the record's 11 songs (she penned three on her own), Taylor Swift appeared in October 2006 to strong reviews and Swift made sure to work the album hard, appearing at every radio or television event offered and marshalling a burgeoning fan base through use of MySpace. "Tim McGraw," the first song from the album, did well but "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song" did better on both the pop charts and country, where she racked up five consecutive Top 10 singles. Other successes followed in the wake of the debut -- a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist (she lost to Amy Winehouse), stopgap EPs of Christmas songs -- but Swift concentrated on delivering her sophomore set, Fearless.

Appearing in November 2008, Fearless was certified Gold by the RIAA in its first week of release and the record gained momentum throughout 2009, earning several platinum certifications as "Love Story," "White Horse," "You Belong with Me," "Fifteen," and "Fearless" all scaled the upper reaches of the country charts while "You Belong with Me" nearly topped Billboard's Top 100. Along with the success came some headlines, first in the form of an infamous appearance at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards where her acceptance speech was interrupted by Kanye West, who burst on-stage to declare that Swift's rival Beyonce deserved the award more, but her romances also started gaining attention, notably a liaison with Twilight star Taylor Lautner, who appeared with the singer in the 2009 film Valentine Day. Her flirtation with the silver screen proved brief, as she then poured herself into her third album, Speak Now. Released in October 2010, Speak Now was another massive first-week smash that refused to lose momentum. Hit singles like "Mine" and "Mean," which won two Grammys, played a big factor in its success not just on the country charts but on pop radio, as well. Following a 2011 live album called World Tour Live: Speak Now, Swift turned toward following a pop path on her fourth album, hiring such mainstream musicians as Dan Wilson, Butch Walker, and Britney Spears producer Max Martin. This mainstream pulse was evident on "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," the first single from Red. Upon its October 2012 release, Red shattered expectations by selling over a million copies in its first week, a notable achievement that was doubly impressive in an era of declining sales. Once again, Swift's album had legs: it was certified platinum four times in the U.S. and its international sales outstripped those of Speak Now. She supported Red with an international tour in 2013 and more hits came, including "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22."

As she geared up for the release of her fifth album in 2014, she made it clear that 1989 was designed as her first "documented, official" pop album and that there would be no country marketing push for this record. "Shake It Off," an ebullient dance-pop throwback, hit number one upon its August 2014 release. When 1989 appeared in late October 2014, it once again shot to number one and shattered all expectations, nearly matching the first-week sales of Red and offering proof that Swift was indeed the decade's biggest pop star. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Change (Radio Sinlgle)

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Track List: Come In With The Rain (Radio Single)

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Track List: Crazier (Radio Single)

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Track List: Everything Has Changed (Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Jump Then Fall (Radio Single)

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Track List: Out Of The Woods (Single)

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Track List: Red (2013 CMA Awards Performance) (Single)

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Track List: Ronan (Single)

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Track List: Shake It Off (Single)

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Track List: Superstar (Radio Single)

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Track List: Sweeter Than Fiction (From "One Chance") (Single)

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Track List: Tim McGraw (CD Single)

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Track List: Today Was A Fairytale (Radio Single)

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Track List: Untouchable (Radio Single)

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Track List: Welcome To New York (Single)

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I'm your #1fan to all your songs
Home go home love song
I t make me feel better when I hear that
aniortega44
I'm one of your fans here is shaytards
Princesstard Avia
Sontard Gaven
Babytard Emmi
Rocktard Brock
Brotard daxton
Love it!
I like your songs sooo much even blank space cause in your vidio you tear up his clothes and it is sooo funny
Ariana grande Ariana grande
rtpadilla13
Wow
Kiss your hand 10 Times, say your crush's name, then look at your hand
I love your song shake it off . I love you ! !!
F**k her a** this b**ch is a asswhole
robrobb12
I love your music and you are my
Favorite singer taylor swift
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Your favorite music listener
Fay
Don't read this
You'll be asked out or kissed by your crush
Post this on 5 songs in 3 days
Come. On. I'm going to to the park. can you. Common with a friend who is going to
I LOVE U'r MUSIC SO MUCH. U are like totally the new Kesha:P

I love shake it off and style�������
Awesome right
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She is awesome right
I heard all your songs their good
It good
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Love u Taylor swift
Talor u are the best singer ever! I heard all your song i mean all ��❤���������
I love it
Love u
How many people have you been dating.��
Kiss your hand say your crushes name say a day of the week and your crush will ask you out that day
Out of the woods should have been one of the songs from the hunger games. Am I right?
Say Ariana Grande
Clap 5 times
post on two other songs
check under your pillow
say Ariana grande clap 5 times post on two other songs look under your pillow
Say Ariana Grande
Clap 5 times
post on two other songs
check under your pillow
jodi4223
You are beautiful
I love you
Stella age7
Don't read this because this actually works you will be kissed on the nearest Friday, tomorrow will be the best day of your life now that you're reading this don't stop post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes then press F6 and your lovers name will appear in BIG letters this is so scary! It actually works!
you are so nice to others.
If you are struggling or need someone to talk to, let me know. I am willing to try and help out best I can.
i love her
U r my favorite singer
I love your song trouble
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I love u you r my favorite winger in the whole world ☺☺
And sure the songs are catchy but so were your country ones:(
Taylor, please go back to country, you sounded way better. I went to one of your country concerts and one of your (pop) concerts. The country one sounded way better:(
Kiss your hand and say ur crushes name say a day and post this on 2 other songs and ur crush will ask u out
Follow me I will folow I NEVER GO OUT OF STYLE
this sing I love it
I am not finish my friend is Taylor wall
ericcswenson
My favorite song is blank space
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