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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 with 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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 1989

1. Welcome To New York

2. Blank Space

3. Style

4. Out Of The Woods

5. All You Had To Do Was Stay

6. Shake It Off

7. I Wish You Would

8. Bad Blood

9. Wildest Dreams

10. How You Get The Girl

11. This Love

12. I Know Places

13. Clean

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Track List: Red

1. State Of Grace

2. Red

3. Treacherous

4. I Knew You Were Trouble

5. All Too Well

6. 22

7. I Almost Do

8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

9. Stay Stay Stay

10. The Last Time

11. Holy Ground

12. Sad Beautiful Tragic

13. The Lucky One

14. Everything Has Changed

15. Starlight

16. Begin Again

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Track List: Speak Now World Tour Live

Disc 1

1. Sparks Fly (Live)

2. Mine (Live)

3. The Story Of Us (Live)

4. Mean (Live)

5. Ours (Live)

6. Back To December/Apologize/You're Not Sorry (Live)

7. Better Than Revenge (Live)

8. Speak Now (Live)

9. Last Kiss (Live)

10. Drops Of Jupiter (Live)

11. Bette Davis Eyes (Live)

12. I Want You Back (Live)

13. Dear John (Live)

14. Enchanted (Live)

15. Haunted (Live)

16. Long Live (Live)

Disc 2
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Track List: Speak Now

1. Mine

2. Sparks Fly

3. Back To December

4. Speak Now

5. Dear John

6. Mean

7. The Story Of Us

8. Never Grow Up

9. Enchanted

10. Better Than Revenge

11. Innocent

12. Haunted

13. Last Kiss

14. Long Live

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Track List: Fearless

1. Fearless

2. Fifteen

3. Love Story

4. Hey Stephen

5. White Horse

6. You Belong With Me

8. Tell Me Why

9. You're Not Sorry

10. The Way I Loved You

11. Forever & Always

12. The Best Day

13. Change

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Track List: Taylor Swift

1. Tim McGraw

2. Picture To Burn

3. Teardrops On My Guitar

4. A Place In This World

5. Cold As You

6. The Outside

7. Tied Together With A Smile

8. Stay Beautiful

9. Should've Said No

10. Mary's Song (Oh My My My)

11. Our Song

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Track List: Bad Blood (Single)

1. Bad Blood (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

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Track List: Change (Radio Sinlgle)

1. Change

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

1. Come In With The Rain

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Track List: Crazier (Radio Single)

1. Crazier

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

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Track List: Fearless (Platinum Edition)

1. Jump Then Fall

2. Untouchable

3. Forever & Always (Piano Version)

4. Come In With The Rain

5. SuperStar

6. The Other Side Of The Door

7. Fearless

8. Fifteen

9. Love Story

10. Hey Stephen

11. White Horse

12. You Belong With Me

13. Breathe (Feat. Colbie Caillat)

14. Tell Me Why

15. You're Not Sorry

16. The Way I Loved You

17. Forever & Always

18. The Best Day

19. Change

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Track List: ITunes Live From SoHo

1. Umbrella (Live 2007)

2. Our Song (Live 2007)

3. Teardrops On My Guitar (Live 2007)

4. Should've Said No (Live 2007)

5. A Place In This World (Live 2007)

6. Mary's Song (Oh My My My) (Live 2007)

7. Tim McGraw (Live 2007)

8. Picture To Burn (Live 2007)

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Track List: Jump Then Fall (Radio Single)

1. Jump Then Fall

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Track List: Out Of The Woods (Single)

1. Out Of The Woods

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

1. Red (2013 CMA Awards Performance)

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Track List: Red (Target Exclusive)

1. State Of Grace

2. Red

3. Treacherous

4. I Knew You Were Trouble

5. All Too Well

6. 22

7. I Almost Do

8. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

9. Stay Stay Stay

11. Holy Ground

12. Sad Beautiful Tragic

13. The Lucky One

15. Starlight

16. Begin Again

17. The Moment I Knew

19. Girl At Home

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Track List: Ronan (Single)

1. Ronan

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Track List: Safe & Sound (Single)

1. Safe & Sound

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Track List: Shake It Off (Single)

1. Shake It Off

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Track List: Speak Now (Target Exclusive)

Disc 1

1. Mine

2. Sparks Fly

3. Back To December

4. Speak Now

5. Dear John

6. Mean

7. The Story Of Us

8. Never Grow Up

9. Enchanted

10. Better Than Revenge

11. Innocent

12. Haunted

13. Last Kiss

14. Long Live

Disc 2

1. Ours

2. If This Was A Movie

3. Superman

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Track List: Superstar (Radio Single)

1. SuperStar

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

1. Sweeter Than Fiction (From "One Chance")

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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)

1. Untouchable

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Track List: Welcome To New York (Single)

1. Welcome To New York

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Track List: Wildest Dreams (R3hab Remix) (Single)

1. Wildest Dreams (R3hab Remix)

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Track List: You Belong With Me (Radio Single)

1. You Belong With Me

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I love fearless
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I love Taylor I have never seen one of her concert but I love Tim McGraw and dear John and love story + new romantic
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Bad Blood
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I love you Taylor Swift
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Mine
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Taylor Swift is a good singer, but I prefer Sabrina Carpenter... . S H E IS AWESOMEL!!!!
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Love Taylor swift my favorite song is bad blood I like the music video nice
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I hate when people say bad stuff about Taylor Swift she's the best and no one can say otherwise
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I love all her songs
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FEARLESS
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Surfer so my name is birthday today make sure you come to my birthday because my phone number ways I can order number so if you come because your phone number is 423 I love you I love you music I love everything so yeah I wish I was like you like you don't know what to do but in my head I don't know what to do
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Like you.,, I like your music sun I plan to come to my house with my number of my house it is 423 and can come for my birthday it's like for Mom please so
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Hey guys plz follow me and I will follow back ASAP,NO LIE,SWEAR,PR O M I S E ! ! ! Also if you check my profile you can see I hate bullies STOP bullying DONT be a bully and I mean don't it just hurts people feeling if you get me and adore music as much as I don then follow me and I will follow back as quick as you jump Kay see ya on my profile!!
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I am a big FAN Tay���������
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I ��bad blood
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I am so FEARLESS ��
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Don't try this it actually works
1.kiss your left hand
2.say your crushes name
3.close your hand
4.say a school day
5.say your name
6.past this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day you have 2 hours to complete
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Say Ariana 5 times then post this on 3 songs and then clap your hands 3 times and then check your voice
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Dont read this you will be kissed on the nearest posible Friday by the love of your life . Tomorrow will be the best day of u life now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky
1. Say your name 10 times
2. Say your moms name 5 times
3. Say your crushes name 3 times
4. Send this to 15 ppl

Send this to 15 ppl in 143 minutes when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will
Apear
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kiss ur left hand say ur crushes name close ur hand say a school day say ur name ur crush will ask u out on that day post this on 5 other songs in 2 hours
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Say ariana 5 times then post this on 3 song and then clap ur hand 3 times and then check ur voice
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Dont try this it actually works

1. Kiss left hand
2. Say your crushes name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a school day
5. Say your name
6. Post this on five other songs and your crush will ask u out on that day u have 2 hours to do this
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I love your music so much
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Your so so so so awesome your songs are really good my name is Trevor I'm 7 years old
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Don't try this it actually works
1.kiss ur left hand
2.say ur crushes name
3.close ur hand
4.say a school day
5.say ur name
6.post this on 5 other songs and your crush will ask you out on that day you have 2 hours to complete
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I can't live without you! I love all your songs!
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Maesen and I love so much better than JB! We,love your songs so much. We have are own Taylor Swift room! We hope to see you in person some day.
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Cool song
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Cool and ok song��
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Ok song��
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I have a friend named Taylor Swift but he is a guy. Do you think that he is related to you? Strange coincidence just the same.
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I love you! You really inspire me! My daughter really likes you too! She wishes she could meet you in person!:)

My Favorite songs
1.Bad Blood
2.Shake it of
3.We are never getting back together
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To all of my Swiftie buddies today is T. S. Tuesday of course any day is a great day to listen to Taylor she has a great voice.!!!
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I love every song by Taylor swift
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My room is full of albems posters and pictures I LOVE YOU I even have a magazine of you and a book I LOVE YOU YOU ARE MY IDOL I'M ONLY 9
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You are the best
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Out Of The Woods
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You Belong With Me
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Wildest Dreams
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Teardrops On My Guitar
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Style
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You or the best
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You or the best
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