June 24, 2008

Taylor Swift Tops 50 Million MySpace Streams & Has Country’s #1 Selling CD for 20th Week

NASHVILLE, Tenn., June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Triple-platinum-selling recording artist and internet sensation Taylor Swift reached another online milestone this weekend, surpassing the 50 MILLION mark for music streams on MySpace, where she is consistently ranked Country's #1 artist. Taylor, who averages over 5 million MySpace streams each month, was nominated just last week for a 2008 Teen Choice Award for Breakthrough Artist.

This week, the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) announced that Taylor was awarded the highest Gold & Platinum certification of any artist in any genre in the month of May. Taylor Swift received 3x Multi-Platinum prestige to commemorate sales exceeding 3 million since its 2006 release. Additionally, Taylor gained Gold Mastertone certification for filling more than 500,000 phones with her hit single 'Our Song.' In addition, Taylor has been awarded two Digital Platinum certifications (1 million downloads) and two Digital Gold certifications (500,000 downloads).

Also this week, Taylor's self-titled debut CD, released on Big Machine Records an amazing 86 weeks ago, continues to pick up steam in stores, spending its 20th week at #1 atop Billboard's Country CD Sales chart. This accomplishment places Taylor in an elite group-the only other country artists this decade to hold the #1 sales position for 20 weeks or more are the Dixie Chicks and Carrie Underwood.

Widely hailed as the first bonafide country superstar of the MySpace generation, 18-year-old Taylor Swift currently has singles climbing both the country and pop radio charts. At the age of 17, Taylor became the youngest person to single-handedly write and sing a number-one country single entirely on her own ("Our Song" spent 6 consecutive weeks at #1 atop Billboard's Country Singles Chart), and she is the first female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD. At 14, she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music, and in 2006 released her self-titled debut CD on Big Machine Records. Taylor Swift has reached Triple-Platinum (3 million sales) status. Taylor was named Country Music's Hottest Female Artist of 2007 by AOL Music and Best New Artist of 2007 by the editors of iTunes.

Taylor was named this year's Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, and won 2008 CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year. She was recently named Superstar of Tomorrow at the 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, making her the first musician to ever receive this prestigious award. She is the reigning CMA Horizon Award winner, as well as the Nashville Songwriters Association International's Songwriter / Artist of the Year. Taylor is featured on the covers of the June, 2008 issues of Seventeen and Southwest Airlines Spirit magazines, and has also recently appeared on the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard, Blender, and USA Weekend. Taylor was named one of People magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People of 2008, and is featured on Maxim's current Hot 100 list. She is on tour this year with Rascal Flatts, and has also toured with George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill and Brad Paisley.

To hear music from Taylor Swift, log on to: http://www.taylorswift.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/taylorswift

For downloadable photos of Taylor Swift, log on to http://www.bigmachinerecords.com/ and click the media tab.

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CONTACT: Natalie Kilgore, Big Machine Records, +1-615-324-7769,[email protected]; or Paula Erickson of Erickson PublicRelations, +1-615-665-5950, [email protected], for Big Machine Records

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