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The Girl in Red: A Taylor Swift Story

The media calls her America’s Sweetheart. Her fans call her inspirational, empowering, and relevant. But Taylor Swift simply calls herself a romantic.

Known for her self-written lyrics and catchy choruses, Taylor Swift is one of the youngest and most accomplished singer/songwriters in the music industry.

At 22 years young, Swift is a six-time Grammy winner and the youngest musician to ever receive the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (Fearless, 2008). She has received eleven American Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards and thirteen BMI Awards.  Her list of high profile honors include her reigning title as American Music Awards Artist of the Year, both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music’s current Entertainer of the Year, one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, and Billboard’s Woman of the Year (2011).

If you’re a Taylor Swift fan, you understand that her fame is due to her incredible ability to translate heartbreak and love into songs that speak directly to millions of fans. With a roster of celebrity ex-boyfriends, epic breakups, and fierce lyrical empowerment, Taylor Swift does not lack the experiences or the words to write songs that fans can relate to – after all, Swift has sold over 26 million albums and 70 million songs worldwide, including 3 million copies of her fourth studio album, Red (released October 22, 2012).

As of November 30, Red ranked #2 on the Billboard 200, #1 on Country Albums, and #7 on Digital Albums, and has been on the top of the charts for five consecutive weeks. In fact, Swift’s third studio album, Speak Now, still ranks on the Billboard 200, two years after its release.

Rumored to be about ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal, the lead single off Red – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – ranked #1 on Digital Songs and Country Digital Songs for 14 weeks and #1 on Country Songs and Pop Songs for 15 weeks. Her current singles, I Knew You Were Trouble and Begin Again, currently rank on the top of the Pop and Country Song charts, respectively.

Taylor Swift will be kicking off her Red tour in March 2013 in St. Louis, MO. The U.S. tour includes 30 dates at 18 locations. If you’re thinking about seeing Taylor Swift live – which I can say from personal experience is an incredible show — you’ll want to plan ahead; tickets to her concerts have been known to sell out in less than two minutes.  For more information on tour dates and to find tickets, please visit

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