Taylor Alison Swift (born December 13, 1989) is an American country pop singer-songwriter and actress. At theage of ten, Swift began writing songs and singing them at karaoke contests, festivals, and fairs around her hometown. When she was 12 years old, she devoted an entire summer to writing a 350-page novel,which remains unpublished. Her first major show was a well-received performance at the Bloomsburg Fair. In 2008, she earned her high school diploma through homeschooling at the age of 18.
Swift released her debut single, "Tim McGraw", in mid-2006, reaching #6 on Billboard magazine's Hot Country Songs chart. Her self-titled debut album was later released on October24, 2006. Debuting high on the Billboard 200, the album sold 39,000 copies during its first week. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and #5 on the Billboard 200. Her debut album spenteight consecutive weeks at the top of the Top Country Albums charts and remained at the top for 24 out of 91 weeks.
The second single from the Taylor Swift album, "Teardrops on My Guitar", was...