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Taylor Swift is an American artist, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. She was born Taylor Alison Swift on December 13, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania.


She began early childhood education, i.e. pre-school and kindergarten, at a Christian school before proceeding to primary school education at Wyndcroft School, both in her hometown of Reading. She then pursued her middle school education in Wyomissing, also in Pennsylvania.


In 2003 at the age of 14, her parents relocated to Nashville, Tennessee where she enrolled and attended Hendersonville High School in Hendersonville on the out skirts of Nashville. After two years there, she transferred to a nearby private school called Aaron Academy where she successfully completed her high school education.


Taylor Swift professional career as an artist is said to have commenced in 1998 at the age of 9, with an interest in musical theater, that quickly shifted to country music under inspiration from diva Shania Twain. Her parents' decision to relocate to Nashville, Tennessee, renown for its enormous wealth of country music talents and resources, was aimed at enhancing her interest in building a career in country music. Even before the familial relocation, young Taylor Swift had visited Nashville with her mother on several occasions trying to establish networks and strike deals with country music labels there.


Notwithstanding, however, Nashville proved to be a crowded musical place for Taylor Swift, due to presence of numerous talented competitors all aspiring to becoming country music artists. As such, her early efforts for making a breakthrough into country music  were futile.


According to her, she had to find a way of doing things differently from that of other competitors, if she were to succeed eventually. The different way of doing things she opted for was to write her own songs, and play guitar and piano. It worked! She wrote her first song Lucky You at the age of 12. Performing original songs to record label showcases definitely increased Taylor Swift's chances of getting recording contracts with the labels, receiving her first artist development contract with RCA Records at the age of 13.


Taylor Swift's debut contract with RCA Records was, however, very short-lived. Ditching the record company after just about one year by refusing to extend the contract, and instead signing a 12 year recording contract with a newly established record label called Big Machine Records in 2005. The new contract became a game changer for her music endeavor and prospects, and propelled her to fame and wealth. She began releasing studio albums regularly at an average of one album every two years from then up to the present, totally six albums so far, all under Big Machine Records.


As she was excelling as an artist, Taylor Swift was at the same time making gigantic milestones as an actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Lets now elaborate briefly this extraordinary career evolution of Taylor Swift. We will begin with her accomplishments as an artist.


Just about a year after she inked the 12 year recording contract with Big Machine Records, Taylor Swift released her debut album Taylor Swift in 2006. She wrote three of the album's 11 songs, with the other 8 songs written in a collaboration with some other song writers. The album was fairly successful economically, peaking at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, and selling over 7.7 million copies worldwide.


Taylor Swift's second album Fearless was released in 2008. It entailed some of Taylor Swift's great songs like You Belong With Me, Love Story, Fifteen, Fearless, etc. The album clearly confirmed she had arrived at the global music arena to stay and had to be recognized and respected. Economically, the album was a big success, becoming top selling album in the USA during 2009, and receiving tow awards at the 52nd Grammy Awards, namely Album of the Year and Best Country Album.


The Fearless album was buttressed by Taylor Swift's first world concert tour, the Fearless Tour (2009 - 2010). The tour generated revenues of over $63 million. In addition to the tour per se, she made and featured in a film about the tour, called Taylor Swift: Journey To Fearless. Also, she made a music video for the album's iconic single You Belong With Me. The video received MTV Video Music Awards 2009's Best Female Video.


Taylor Swift released her third album Speak Now in 2010. All the songs in the entire album were written by Ms Swift. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and won Favorite Country Album at the American Music Awards 2011. The Speak Now World Tour (2011 - 2012) consolidate and promoted the album, and generated revenues of over $123 million.


In 2012 Taylor Swift released her fourth album Red, with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together as the its lead single. The latter became her first No. 1 single in the USA and New Zealand. She supported the album with a world concert tour, namely the World Red Tour that generated over $150 million.


Taylor Swift's fifth album 1989 was released in 2014. This was probably her best studio album, in our view. It presented a sophisticated contemporary amalgamation of country, pop, and pop-rock talents. Particularly, the album marked the end of dominance of country elements in Taylor Swift's music.


1989 album entails the most popular songs of Taylor Swift