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Spotlight On Taylor Swift And Her 'Red Tour' In Glendale, Arizona
Photos by Glenda S. Paradee

Taylor Swift shared a magical 'Red' night with her fans May 29, 2013 at the Jobing.com arena in Glendale, AZ.  It was a sold out show.  Swift put on a fantastic show, so when it comes to your town - go see it.

Taylor Swift's fourth studio album, Red, was released in October 2012.  She wrote nine of the album's sixteen songs alone. The remaining seven were co-written with Max Martin, Liz rose, Dan Wilson, Ed Sheeran and Gary Lightbody. Nathan Chapman served as the album's lead producer but Jeff Bhasker, Butch Walker, Jacknife Lee, Dann Huff and Shellback also produced individual tracks. Chapman has said he encouraged Swift "to branch out and to test herself in other situations".  Musically, while there is experimentation with heartland rock, dubstep and dance-pop, it is "sprinkled among more recognizably Swiftian fare". Jon Caramanica of The New York Times placed Red at number two on his end-of-year list, characterizing it as the album on which Swift "stops pretending she's anything but a pop megastar, one with grown-up concerns, like how two bodies speak to each other and how taste in records can be a stand-in for moral turpitude." The Times praised her "sublime" lyrics, particularly those on the "brooding" "All Too Well".  Rolling Stone enjoyed "watching Swift find her pony-footing on Great Songwriter Mountain. She often succeeds in joining the Joni/ Carole King tradition of stark-relief emotional mapping ... Her self-discovery project is one of the best stories in pop."

As part of the Red promotional campaign, representatives from 72 worldwide radio stations were flown to Nashville during release week for individual interviews with Swift.  She also appeared on many television chat shows and performed at award ceremonies in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Australia. The album's lead single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together", became Swift's first number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Three further singles have been released: "Begin Again" (for country radio), "I Knew You Were Trouble" and "22" (for pop and international radio). Red debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 1.21 million copies; this marked the highest opening sales in a decade and made Swift the first female to have two million-selling album openings.  As of May 2013, Red had sold over 5.2 million copies worldwide.  In her career, as of November 2012, she had sold in excess of 26 million albums and 75 million song downloads.

The North American leg of Swift's Red Tour runs from March to September 2013. She is playing 64 dates across North America, including thirteen stadium shows.  The Red Tour will visit stadiums across Australia and New Zealand in December 2013. Swift has collaborated with a number of other artists in the Red era. She provided guest vocals for a Tim McGraw song entitled "Highway Don't Care", featuring guitar work by Keith Urban .  Ed Sheeran, who features on Red and appears as a support act on the Red Tour, has revealed that the pair plan to write further material together while touring.  In early 2013, Swift worked on an as-yet-unknown studio project with producer Zedd.  She also joined Florida Georgia Line on stage during their set at the 2013 Country Radio Seminar to sing "Cruise".  Swift won three MV Europe Music Awards in 2012, including the honors for Best Female and Best Live Act.  She was named Best Female Country Artist at the 2012 American Music Awards.  The Nashville Songwriters Association's 2012 Songwriter/Artist Award went to Swift for the fifth year in a row. "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" was nominated for Record of the Year at the 2013 Grammy Awards.

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More on Taylor:

Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Taylor Swift started crafting songs at age 5, and at age 16, released her debut album. Hits like "Love Song" and "You Belong With Me" appealed to country and pop fans alike and helped fuel the multiplatinum success of her albums, with Fearless the 2009 top-seller. She has won many awards, including several Grammys, and modeled for Cover Girl.

Taylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Swift spent her early years on her family's Christmas tree farm. Her grandmother had been a professional opera singer, and Swift soon followed in her footsteps. By the age of 10, Swift was singing at a variety of local events, including fairs and contests. She sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at a Philadelphia 76ers game at the age of 11, and began writing her own songs and learning guitar at 12 years old.

To pursue her music career, Swift often visited Nashville, Tennessee, the country music capital. There she co-wrote songs, and tried to land a recording contract. Noting her dedication, Swift and her family moved to nearby Hendersonville, Tennessee, in an attempt to further Swift's career.

A stellar performance at The Bluebird Café in Nashville helped Swift get a contract with Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Records. She released her first single, "Tim McGraw" in 2006, and the song became a Top 10 hit on the country charts. It also appeared on her self-titled debut album in October of that same year, selling more than 2.5 million copies. More popular singles soon followed, including "Our Song," a No. 1 country music hit. "Teardrops on My Guitar," "Picture to Burn," and "Should've Said No" were also successful tracks.

In addition to commercial success, Swift received a lot of critical praise for her debut effort. She won the Horizon Award from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of Country Music Award for Top New Female Vocalist in 2007.

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