taylor swift’s fearless (2008): 13 songs with 6 exclusive platinum edition tracks and 5 platinum selling singles, broke the record for billboard’s longest chart topping country album with 36 weeks at number one, became the most decorated country music album in history, certified 6x platinum, 4 grammy awards won of 8 total nominations, exceeded 590,000 copies sold in it’s first week of release and was taylor’s first (sold out!) headlining tour
“When you’re singing, you can hear the echo of people in the audience singing every single word with you, and that was that big dream that I had for myself. It’s happening.”
At one point, I began to understand that it would be harder for me on a smaller record label to get to the places and accomplish the things that artists were accomplishing on bigger record labels. I realized that I wouldn’t get favors pulled for me because there weren’t any other artists on the label to pull favors from. It was going to be an uphill climb and all that I had to encourage me was the hope that someday things would change. That things would be different. After so many times of just saying that to myself over and over, I finally wrote it down in a song.
Old photo of Taylor Swift photographed by Brantley Gutierrez
“Allowing yourself to feel raw, real emotions in public is something I am never going to be afraid to do.”
Taylor winning the Ultimate Teen Choice Award in 2010