Taylor Swift has broken down barriers and shattered long-standing records held by her fellow musicians. And now she’s made history once again with her sophomore album, ‘Fearless.’ It wasn’t that long ago when a fresh-faced 16-year-old burst onto the scene with her tender ballad, ‘Tim McGraw,’ and now just a scant four years later, she is ruling the roost with more awards and plaques than she could possibly display on her mantle, or even in her home.
During a private dinner at a popular Italian eatery in Nashville this week, it was a night of reflection for Taylor, her record label and a handful of key industry executives, who celebrated, among other things, the fact that the six-times-platinum ‘Fearless’ was officially recognized as the Most Awarded Album in the history of country music. It is the only album in country history to be named Album of the Year at the Grammys, plus Country Album of the Year from the Grammys, the Country Music Association, the Academy of Country Music and the American Music Awards!
Taylor wrote or co-wrote every song on the album, ‘Fearless,’ and she says the title cut represents many things that have happened in her career, as well as the feeling one first gets when they’re falling in love. “What drew me to that title is writing that song about that fearlessness of falling in love,” explains the 20-year-old superstar. “No matter how many times you’ve been hurt, you have to have this undying belief that love can last forever, we all do. We all somewhere deep inside us believe in that, or else we wouldn’t keep on going back … And my favorite thing to write about is love, so that was what this song was about, and it just seemed to be the right title for the album.”
Taylor was also honored for more than 13 million in total record sales, 25 million digital downloads and her four most recent No. 1 singles: ‘Should’ve Said No,’ ‘Love Story,’ ‘White Horse’ and ‘You Belong With Me.’ Crunching the numbers even more, ‘Fearless’ was the No. 1 selling album in the U.S. for both 2008 and 2009.
The youngest artist to win the CMA Entertainer of the Year Award also holds the No. 1 AND No. 2 positions of the Top 10 Most Played Songs on the Nielsen BDS chart for 2009 with ‘You Belong With Me’ and ‘Love Story.’ Add to that, her self-titled debut album has sold more than five million copies and her tune ‘Today Was a Fairytale,’ from the movie ‘Valentine’s Day,’ was certified gold, totaling more than 500,000 downloads since its release in January.
But wait, there’s more! This week marks Taylor’s 10th consecutive Top 10 country single with ‘Fearless,’ and with that she becomes the only female artist in the history of the Billboard country chart to score at least five Top 10s each from her first two major album releases. Only two other groups have previously accomplished that feat. Brooks & Dunn recorded five Top 10s each from 1991’s ‘Brand New Man’ and 1993’s ‘Hard Workin’ Man,’ while the Dixie Chicks brought in five Top 10s from their 1998 ‘Wide Open Spaces’ and six from 1999’s ‘Fly.’
Taylor’s Fearless tour is in Philadelphia, Pa., tonight (March 19) for the second show of a two-night stand. The trek continues with a Saturday show in Charlottesville, Va.