Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Swift moved to Nashville, Tennessee at age 14 to pursue a career in country music.
She became one of the first signings, and her father purchased a three percent stake in the fledgling company at an estimated cost of $120,000.
The singer began working on her eponymous debut album shortly after signing the record deal.
Her fourth album, Red (2012), yielded the successful singles "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" and "I Knew You Were Trouble".
With her fifth album, the pop-focused 1989 (2014), she became the first act to have three albums sell a million copies within one week in the United States.
In a particularly scathing review, the critic for Variety deemed her "entirely undirected", arguing that "she needs to find a skilled director to tamp her down and channel her obviously abundant energy".
In August 2010, Swift released "Mine", which entered the United States at number three, making Swift the second female artist in the history of the Hot 100 (after Mariah Carey) to debut multiple tracks—the other one was "Today Was a Fairytale" at number two—in the top five during a calendar year.Entertainment Weekly described her as "this season's best Saturday Night Live host so far", noting that she "was always up for the challenge, seemed to be having fun, and helped the rest of the cast nail the punchlines".While filming Valentine's Day in October 2009—Swift's feature film acting debut—she began a romantic relationship with co-star Taylor Lautner; however, they broke up later that year.The album won four Grammy Awards, with Swift becoming the youngest Album of the Year winner.In 2009, Swift appeared in the late-night show Saturday Night Live followed by her film debut the following year in Valentine's Day.For the former, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the chart. She was one of the recipients of the Nashville Songwriters Association's Songwriter/Artist of the Year in 2007, becoming the youngest person to be honored with the title.