After reaching 2 million students with her Fall 2010 Live Webcast, “Read Now with Taylor Swift,” one of the world’s most successful singer-songwriters returned to Scholastic.com in a LIVE Webcast about the power of literacy. In this new 30-minute online classroom event, hosted by national radio personality Trey Morgan, Taylor Swift shared “where reading can take you” and how great literature has inspired her writing. Taylor also answered questions from students and performed a song from her new CD, Red.
“She’s one of the few genuine rock stars we’ve got these days,
with a flawless ear for what makes a song click.”
— Rolling Stone, June 2012
Taylor Swift released her fourth studio album, Red, on October 22nd, 2012.
Taylor’s first single from Red, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” sold more than 623,000 song downloads in the U.S. in the first week of release, setting a new record for the biggest digital sales week ever for a song by a woman, and the second-largest sales week overall. In only one full week of release, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” claimed the #1 position atop Billboard’s Hot 100 all-format singles chart, which factors in both sales and radio airplay. The single marked Taylor’s 11th #1 across multiple formats, and debuted in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Country Songs and Adult Contemporary radio airplay charts. Worldwide, the single reached the #1 position atop the iTunes charts in 32 countries in the first week of release.
22 year-old Taylor Swift is a six-time GRAMMY winner, and is the youngest winner in history of the music industry’s highest honor, the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (for Fearless, released in 2008). Her 2010 album, Speak Now, was lauded on Rolling Stone’s prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, and Time magazine has named Taylor one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
She is Billboard’s Woman of the Year, the reigning American Music Awards Artist of the Year, and both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music’s current Entertainer of the Year. She is also the most awarded star in the history of the Teen Choice Awards, taking home honors for both music and movies.
Taylor, who writes all of her own songs, has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Each of her three studio albums has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide, and her most recent album, Speak Now, is one of only 17 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week. She has had singles top both the country and pop radio charts around the globe, is one of the top 5-selling digital music artists worldwide, and is the top-selling digital artist in country music history.
Taylor holds the Billboard records for the Most Top 10 Debuts in the History of the Hot 100 Chart, the Most Charting Songs from One Album in a Single Week, and the Longest Charting Album on the Top 200 Chart. Speak Now is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a Female Artist.
Earlier this year, Taylor wrapped her world tour in support of Speak Now, and played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas in 19 countries spanning four continents in 2011 and 2012. Her 107-date FEARLESS 2009/2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries.
Taylor voiced the character of Audrey in the 2012 hit movie “Dr. Seuss’s The LORAX,” and also this year, she contributed two songs to the soundtrack of the movie “The Hunger Games.” She has hosted Saturday Night Live, appeared in the Garry Marshall film “Valentine’s Day,” and guest-starred on the Emmy-winning TV drama CSI.
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