With album sales exceeding 4 million copies in 2008,
19-year-old TAYLOR SWIFT was the best-selling
artist across all genres of music last year. Her sophomore
release, "Fearless," reached double platinum in just four
weeks and was the year's biggest debut for any female
artist and the fourth highest debut of 2008 overall. Swift
currently holds the Billboard all-genre record for most
Top 20 debuts in a calendar year.
At 17, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly
write and sing a No. 1 country single entirely
on her own, and she is the first female solo artist in
country music history to write or co-write every song
on a platinum-selling debut CD. At 14, she signed a
publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music and in 2006
released her self-titled debut CD on Big Machine
Records. "Taylor Swift" has surpassed triple-platinum
(3 million sales) status and spent more than 20 weeks in the No. 1 position atop Billboard's
Country CD Sales Chart. Swift is consistently ranked Country's No. 1 artist on MySpace and
was named Country Music's Hottest Female Artist of 2007 by AOL Music and Best New
Artist of 2007 by the editors of iTunes.
Swift was named 2008's Favorite Female Country Artist at the American Music Awards,
Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, and won the 2008 CMT Music
Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year. She was recently named Choice
Breakout Artist at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards and as the 2008 Superstar of Tomorrow at
the 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, making her the first musician to ever receive this
prestigious award. In 2007 she won the CMA Horizon Award as well as the Nashville
Songwriters Association International's Songwriter/Artist of the Year, and she received a
Grammy┬« nomination for Best New Artist. Swift has been featured on the covers of Rolling
Stone, Billboard and numerous other magazines.
Swift plans to headline a tour in 2009, and in the past she has toured with Rascal Flatts,
George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, and Brad Paisley.