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Interview:
Taylor Swift Enjoying "Bonus" Days
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Taylor Swift considers “every day sort of like a bonus day” since she released her self-titled debut album in 2006.

Suffice it’s been a long bonus round.

Between “Taylor Swift” and last year’s “Fearless,” the 19-year-old country singer and songwriter has sold some 7.5 million albums. Four million of those came during 2008, making her the top-selling artist in America that year and also the first act in the history of Nielsen SoundScan measurements to have two different albums in the Top 10 year-end chart.

Add to that a list of credits that includes being the first country artist to sell more than two million downloads of three different songs (say that five times fast), awards from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, the CMT Music Awards, the American Music Awards and others, being named CosmoGirl magazine’s 2008 Girl of the Year, appearances in “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” “Hannah Montana: The Movie” and on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” — and, oh yeah, that widely discussed relationship with Joe Jonas.

“I never expected to be here,” notes Swift. “I put out an album and thought, best case scenario, this could possibly, maybe go gold. That would be awesome. Then it went gold and it went platinum and double platinum and triple platinum, and I’m just sitting there, like, ‘Are you kidding me?!’

“I mean, it’s a good album, but I had nothing to do with the fact it sold three million albums. I didn’t go out and buy all those copies, y’know? People just liked it ... which, to me, is the coolest thing.”

Among those fans are the members of Def Leppard, who joined Swift for a 2008 “CMT Crossroads” episode that was one of the highest-rated in the cable network’s history. Their joint performance of Def Leppard’s “Photograph” is nominated for two CMT Music Awards (which will be announced June 16, the same day a DVD from the special comes out).

“Def Leppard was played in my house a lot,” recalls Swift, who grew up in Wyomissing, Pa., before moving to Tennessee to pursue her career six years ago. “I remember I got a phone call and it was an international number, and I picked it up and it was like, ‘Hello, this is (Def Leppard singer) Joe Elliott.’ And I was like, ‘Omigosh ... Are you kidding me?’

“It was such a superfan moment to work with them. It was crazy ... but a lot of fun. It was really, really special.”



Taylor Swift performs with Keith Urban at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (June 6) at the Palace, Lapeer Road at I-75, Auburn Hills. Tickets are $20, $53 and $83. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

Web Site: www.palacenet.com

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