Pop country superstar Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to Hendersonville, Tennessee in her early teens in the hopes that she would have a better chance at pursuing a music career.
Taylor received an Artist Development deal from the label RCA, which gave no guarantee to produce an album. Her chances of producing an album with RCA were gone when she was dropped by the label. She was soon “discovered” by a music industry veteran named Scott Borchetta. Unfortunately, he did not have a label to sign her to. In fact, he was planning to start his own label. Taylor took a leap of faith and it paid off. Her first album, self-titled, was released in 2006 by Big Machine Records. The album sold a few million copies and did well on the charts.
Her first single from the album was Tim McGraw, which was well received by critics and showcased her songwriting abilities. Our Song, Picture to Burn, and Should’ve Said No were also singles released from the albums. She was also able to promote the album by going on tour with acts like Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Tim McGraw, and Faith Hill.
It was Swift’s second album, Fearless, that truly launched her into super stardom and made her a phenomenon. Over half a million copies of Fearless sold in its first week. The album was the top-selling album of 2009 and has sold 10 million copies worldwide. Tickets for the Fearless tour were hard to get. The shows sold out in minutes, another sign of Taylor Swift’s growing popularity and fame.
Swift also began getting major recognition from Hollywood and the entertainment industry as a whole, seeming to win award after award during 2009 and 2010. She has received three Country of Academy Music Awards, four Grammies, six American Music Awards, six Country Music Association Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, eight BMI awards, five CMT Music Awards, one MTV Video Music Award, one People’s Choice Awards, and three Teen Choice Awards, among others.
All the attention and fame also made most of Swift’s personal experiences very public, though many of her personal experiences are part of her songs anyway. Her relationship and breakup with star Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers, whom she toured with on their Burning Up tour, gained a lot of attention. On an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres Show Taylor claimed that Joe had broken up with her over the phone in less than thirty seconds and that one of the songs on the album, Forever and Always, was about the relationship. This sparked more talk about the relationship and caused fans to pick sides. Taylor also received a great deal of attention when her acceptance speech for her MTV Video of the Year Award was interrupted by Kanye West. Several other stars came to her defense. West apologized, but had trouble recovering from the controversy.