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A Biography of Country Star Taylor Swift

May 10, 2008
Seventeen year-old Taylor Swift is the only female artist in Country music history to write or co-write every song on a Platinum selling debut.

Taylor has enjoyed a near meteoric rise to stardom in recent months. One year ago, she was riding around in a rental car visiting radio stations, promoting her first single, "Tim McGraw." By May of this year, she had just been awarded the fan-voted CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video, and provided one of those "awww" moments during the ACM Awards show, when she serenaded Tim McGraw with his namesake song, then introduced herself to him, "Hi, I'm Taylor."

Other highlights of Taylor's debut year have included:

Tours with Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Kenny Chesney. She is currently on tour with Brad Paisley and will join Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul 2007 tour for several dates next month.

Taylor continues to sell in excess of 30,000 albums a week--every week, outselling many of the genre's superstars. Taylor Swift debuted on the Billboard sales chart at #3 in October of last year, and has been one of Country's Top 10 sellers for 26 weeks. The CD was RIAA certified Gold in just 13 weeks, and is now Platinum (sales of over 1,000,000 units).

Taylor was named one of AOL's Best New Artists of the Year, was chosen by the Los Angeles Times as "One to Watch in 2007," was nominated by the Academy of Country Music for Best New Female Vocalist, and was honored as a breakthrough artist by Music Row magazine with their prestigious Critic's Pick award.

Taylor's debut single "Tim McGraw" hit the Top 5 of the country radio charts, reaching over 30 million listeners a week. The song has sold more than 500,000 digital downloads and has been certified Digital Gold, one of only eleven country singles to ever reach this milestone. Her current single, "Teardrops on My Guitar," is rapidly approaching country's Top 10, this week reaching #12 with a bullet.

The videos for both of Taylor's singles have received massive airplay on both CMT and GAC, and both clips have topped the country video charts. She is currently the only country artist with a video in the Top 25 on the Yahoo music chart.
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