Taylor Swift is still making chart history this year on the heels of her record breaking year in 2009.
I have been a fan of Taylor Swift since 2006 when I was working at Kix 106 in Memphis with her first single, “Tim McGraw.” She was only 16 when she wrote and recorded that song. She showed, even then, that she was mature way beyond her years. Her songwriting talent became even more obvious with her follow up “Teardrops on my Guitar.” Since that time she has won many awards and has been performing to sellout crowds. She showed remarkable restraint at last year’s VMA awards.
I talked with her via emails not long after and she told me “I’m just a normal girl who has the opportunity to do things that not everybody gets to do.” You just have to love her attitude.
She had me from the get-go, when she accepted the Horizon award in 2007 by saying “This is defiantly the highlight of my senior year,” that was a MasterCard moment…it was priceless.
Swift has now become only the second female artist in the history of Billboard’s Hot 100 to debut multiple tracks in the Top 5 during a calendar year. Her new single “Mine” debuted at #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100. This is her first single from the forthcoming album Speak Now which will hit stores and a website near you on October 25th. “Mine” was released digitally on Aug. 4th. After getting 297,000 downloads in less than a week it debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs chart. Swift’s “Today Was a Fairytale” debuted at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in February. The only other female recording artist with multiple Top 5 debuts in one year was Mariah Carey in 1995 with “Fantasy and the collaboration with Boyz II Men, “One Sweet Day.”
Taylor will be one of the musical openers for the 2010 National Football League season Sept. 9 along with the Dave Matthews Band when the Super Bowl champions New Orleans Saints (I just love to say that) take on the Minnesota Vikings.
She also just picked up four Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles for country artist, country song (“Fifteen”) and country album (Fearless), as well as a female breakout award for her movie role in Valentine’s Day.
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