Since emerging on the country-pop scene in 2006, Taylor Swift has become one of the most popular artists. Fans flock to her concerts, and Taylor Swift tickets are usually the top-seller for weeks at a time. In 2013, Swift will go on tour in support of her latest album, Red.
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Taylor Swift was born in Pennsylvania and started playing music at a young age. The youthful Swift performed in karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs near her hometown, encouraged by her grandmother, an opera singer. At age 11, Taylor made a trip to Music Row in Nashville, where she handed a tape to all the labels on the row. After multiple visits to Nashville, Swift and her family relocated to a suburb of the city so she could pursue her dream. Taylor began performing at a songwriters' café called The Bluebird Café, where she caught the attention of Scott Borchetta, who had Swift signed to his new record label; at the age of 16, Taylor's dreams were coming true.
Swift's first single, "Tim McGraw," hit the airwaves in the summer of 2006. Swift says the song is about a time when she found herself about to break up with her boyfriend prior to a move. When thinking of things that would remind her of him, Swift's mind first landed on artist Tim McGraw. The single peaked at #6 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and remained on Great American Country's Top 20 music countdown show for 30 consecutive weeks. Taylor burst onto the Country Music scene in a big way, and she has creating a buzz ever since. After Taylor Swift met Tim McGraw at the Academy of Country Music Awards, she opened for him and Faith Hill on their Soul2Soul tour. The video for "Tim McGraw" won a 2007 CMT award for Breakthrough Video of the Year.
Taylor's self-titled album was released on October 24, 2006, and debuted at #19 on the Billboard 200, and later peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Country albums chart; the album has since sold more than 3 million copies. Subsequent singles from her first album, "Teardrops on My Guitar" and "Our Song," both enjoyed the #1 spot on the charts. In October 2007, Swift released Sounds of the Season: The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection, featuring holiday classics and originals written by Swift. On July 15, 2008, Swift released Beautiful Eyes exclusively in Walmart stores. Taylor's talent and winning personality have gained her friends in the country genre, including fellow songstress Kellie Pickler.
Swift's second album, Fearless, was released in 2008 and spent over 11 weeks at the top of the charts, a feat only five other female artists have ever achieved. In addition to scheduling several appearances to perform on stage, Swift made her first television show appearances in 2009 on Saturday Night Live and CSI. She also made a cameo appearance in Miley Cyrus' 2009 film Hannah Montana: The Movie.