Taylor Swift, who The New York Times described as "one of pop's finest songwriters, country’s foremost pragmatist, and more in touch with her inner life than most adults," has surpassed the 10 MILLION milestone for record sales. This 10 million number represents actual full albums sold – in addition, Taylor has sold over 20 million paid song downloads, more than any artist in country music history.
19-year old Taylor, who writes all of her own material, released her now quadruple-platinum self-titled debut CD in October of 2006 on Big Machine Records, and followed it up with the Fearless album two years later. Fearless was the country’s top selling album for the first 33 weeks of this year, and now has sales of more than 4 million copies in the US and Gold and Platinum certifications in fourteen countries spanning five continents.
Taylor’s 10 million albums sold include the following:
Taylor Swift 4,369,749 units US
Fearless 4,020,725 units US
Taylor Swift & Fearless 1,297,059 units International
Beautiful Eyes 256,822 units (Wal-Mart only)
The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection 151,844 units
Taylor has had singles top both the Country and Pop radio charts, and sold more albums last year than any other recording artist, in any genre of music. Her #1 single “Love Story” has become a global sensation, topping airplay charts worldwide, in countries including the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Taylor just celebrated her 4th consecutive #1 single in the US, and her fifth #1 out of her last six singles released.
Her sophomore release, Fearless, was voted 2009’s Album of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, and reached double-platinum in just four weeks. Fearless was the year's biggest debut for any female artist, and the fourth highest debut of 2008, over all. Now quadruple-platinum, Fearless has spent more weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard’s Top 200 all-genre CD sales chart than any other album this decade. Taylor currently holds the Billboard all-genre record for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year. Taylor’s first-ever headlining tour, the TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR, is the hottest ticket on the market, with capacity crowds packing arenas around the globe. This summer Taylor sold out a show at Madison Square Garden in one minute, and one at Los Angeles’ STAPLES center in just two minutes.
At 17, Taylor became the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own, and she is the first female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD. At 14, she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music, and in 2006 released her self-titled debut CD on Big Machine Records. Taylor Swift has surpassed quadruple-platinum (4 million sales) status and spent more than 20 weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard's Country CD Sales Chart. Taylor is consistently ranked Country's #1 artist on MySpace, and was named Country Music's Hottest Female Artist by AOL Music and Best New Artist by the editors of iTunes. Taylor now has more than a million followers on her Twitter account, and recently surpassed the 250 million mark for music streams on her MySpace page.
In 2009 Taylor was awarded the Academy of Country Music’s Crystal Milestone Award, given for Outstanding Achievement in Country Music. Taylor was the 2nd artist in history to receive this prestigious award -- Garth Brooks received the award in 2007. Also this year, Taylor won CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year, awards she was also honored with in 2008. In addition, she won 2009 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Female Artist and Choice Music Album – Female Artist. Taylor was named 2008’s Favorite Female Country Artist at the American Music Awards, and Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music. She was named Choice Breakout Artist at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards, and was as the 2008 Superstar of Tomorrow at the 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, making her the first musician to ever receive this prestigious award. In 2007 she won the CMA Horizon Award, as well as the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Songwriter / Artist of the Year, and she received a GRAMMY nomination for Best New Artist.
Earlier this year, NBC dedicated an entire hour to the primetime special “Dateline: On Tour With Taylor Swift.” Taylor’s numerous other television appearances include a guest-starring role on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and a performance on Saturday Night Live.
Taylor has been featured on the covers of Rolling Stone (twice), Billboard (twice), Glamour, Allure, People StyleWatch, Blender, USA Weekend, Seventeen (twice), Redbook, Self, Us Weekly, CosmoGirl, Girl’s Life, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, First, Your Prom, and Southwest Airlines Spirit magazine. She was featured in a Vanity Fair spotlight, was named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People of 2008 and 2009, was Cosmopolitan magazine’s Fun Fearless Female of December, 2008, was Allure’s Face of December, was named a Style Star of 2008 by the editors of Seventeen, and was featured on Maxim’s 2008 & 2009 Hot 100 list.