Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter. Raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville at the age of 14 to pursue a career in country music. In 2006, she released her debut single Tim McGraw, followed by her self-titled debut album which has sold over 5.5 million copies. She was nominated for Best New Artist at the 2008 Grammy Awards. In November 2008, Swift released her second album, Fearless, which has sold 8.6 million copies. The record earned Swift four Grammy Awards, including the Album of the Year, at the 52nd Grammy Awards. Swift was named Artist of the Year by Billboard Magazine in 2009.
Swift released her third album Speak Now on October 25, 2010, which sold 1,047,000 copies in its first week. As of September 2011, Speak Now has sold over five million copies. The single “Mean” was awarded Best Country Song and Best Country Solo Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards. In 2011, Billboard named her Woman of the Year.
Forbes ranked Swift 2009’s 69th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $18 million, 2010’s 12th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 millionand 2011’s 7th-most powerful celebrity with earnings of $45 million. Billboard named her the most financially successful music artist of 2011, with net earnings of more than $35 million.
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