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Shortly after the family was uprooted, that break arrived.Swift became the youngest songwriter ever to be signed to Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and a year later a record deal followed with the fledgling label Big Machine, which released her eponymous debut album in 2006.
A lot of celebrity-type people have this group of people around them where their friends’ main priority is them, and they feel comfortable with that dynamic.Despite knowing her height (5ft 10in), I find her taller than I expected and slimmer, too.Swift has ordered in coffee, apologising for the lack of tea (‘You’re British! ’) and peppers conversation with first-name references to her famous friends.Which is a lot of pressure to put on one artist and one album.’ Does she think future artists will sell records like this again? ‘We all have to step up and make albums that are good, top to bottom, if selling albums is still important.It is to me, but a lot of artists have already given up on that.I don’t feel comfortable with that dynamic.’ Taylor Alison Swift was born in West Reading, Pennsylvania, on December 13 1989 (13 is her lucky number).
She spent her early years on a Christmas-tree farm run as a side business by her parents.
‘There were so many doomsday theories about the music industry,’ she says.
‘For the last two albums I’d sold one million copies in a week, and I knew people were waiting to see me not hit that number and then diagnose the music industry as dying or dead.
Its lead single, Shake It Off, was an i Tunes number one in 64 countries.
She is the first artist since the Beatles to spend six or more weeks at number one in the United States with three consecutive albums (at the time of writing, 1989 is into its 11th week at the top).
The Swifts moved to Nashville, the home of country music, when their daughter was 15.