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Taylor Swift got her start on country music with such songs as "Tim McGraw" and "Teardrops On My Guitar". Since those early country sweetheart days she has blossomed into a worldwide music phenomenon leading New York Magazine's entertainment blog Vulture to declare her the "biggest pop star in the world". How do they back that statement up?

The best place to start is with her fantastic recording career.

In the seven years since the release of her self-titled debut, Swift has sold 26 million albums. Sales of Taylor Swift song downloads have topped 75 million; according to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the No. 1 digital singles artist of all time. Since 2006, she has placed 43 songs in the Top 40 of Billboard’s Hot 100 pop chart as the lead performer, more than any other artist in that period. She’s had 31 Top 40 country singles, including thirteen No. 1’s.

via Why Taylor Swift Is the Reigning Queen of Pop -- Vulture.

Then there are the sell-out concerts. All of them. The next step will surely be movies, big movies that will bring huge box-office returns. There is something else that separates her from the Miley, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Gaga and Katy Perry crowd.

She’s a rock critic’s darling who hasn’t the faintest whiff of countercultural cool about her. Raunchiness is the norm in today’s pop, but Swift is prim, rated G. She is a model of can-do 21st-century girl power whose vision of romance is positively medieval—fairy-­princess, shining-knight, prancing-­unicorn medieval.

via Why Taylor Swift Is the Reigning Queen of Pop -- Vulture.

Whether or not you agree with the "biggest star" idea you have to admit that she had a plan and stuck with it making her an amazing success at a very young age. Read the entire Vulture story and see if you agree.