SEE THE FULL PHOTO GALLERY: Taylor Swift performs at Gwinnett Arena
Nineteen year old Taylor Alison Swift, born in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania on December 13, 1989, has quickly become a superstar country-pop, singer-songwriter, guitarist and actress. She sold out the Arena at Gwinnett Center Thursday night, September 3, 2009, on her Fearless tour 2009. Kellie Pickler and Gloriana opened the show.
In 2006, Taylor Swift released her debut single “Tim McGraw”, which peaked at number six on the Billboard country charts. Later in October 2006, at age sixteen, she released her self-titled debut album, which produced five hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts and was certified triple Platinum. The New York Times described her as “one of pop’s finest songwriters, country’s foremost pragmatist and more in touch with her inner life than most adults”.
According to Nielsen SoundScan, Taylor was the biggest selling artist of 2008 in America with combined sales of more than four million albums. Her Fearless and her self-titled album finished 2008 at number three and number six respectively, with sales of 2.1 and 1.5 million. She was the first artist in the history of Nielsen SoundScan to have two different albums in the Top 10 on the year end album chart. According to the 2009 issue of Forbes, Swift is ranked as the 69th most powerful celebrity with over $18 million in earnings this year. She was named number fifty-seven on Maxim’s sexiest women of 2008, and CosmoGirl voted Swift as the “2008 Girl of the Year”.
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