Taylor Swift

Born 13 December 1989.
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Taylor Swift chats to Patrick Kielty

Taylor Swift chats to Patrick Kielty ahead of the CMA Awards 2013 in Nashville, USA.

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Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee, at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. She signed with the independent label Big Machine Records and became the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house. The release of Swift's self-titled debut album in 2006 established her as a country music star. "Our Song", her third single, made her the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number one song on the Hot Country Songs chart. She received a Best New Artist nomination at the 2008 Grammy Awards.

Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008. Buoyed by the pop crossover success of the singles "Love Story" and "You Belong with Me", Fearless became the best-selling album of 2009 in the US. The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest ever Album of the Year winner. Swift's third album, 2010's Speak Now, sold over one million copies in its first week of US release. The album's third single, "Mean", won two Grammy Awards. In 2012, Swift released her fourth album, Red. Its opening US sales of 1.2 million were the highest recorded in a decade, with Swift becoming the only female artist to have two million-plus opening weeks. The singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble" were worldwide hits. Her fifth album 1989, which has produced the number-one single "Shake It Off", is set to be released on October 27, 2014.

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  1. Review of Red

    Red 2012

    Reviewed by Fraser McAlpine
    She’s writing Facebook updates for her fans, and they love her for it.
  2. Review of Speak Now

    Speak Now 2010

    Reviewed by Matthew Horton
    A sparky and affecting record, moving Swift on at a stately and assured pace.
  3. Review of Fearless

    Fearless 2009

    Reviewed by Lucy Davies
    Fearless is now triple platinum. But will it fare similarly in the UK?
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