Life and career — So, I kept thinking to myself, I need to figure out a way to be different". Basically, I was just her editor. She'd write about what happened in school that day. She had such a clear vision of what she was trying to say. And she'd come in with the most incredible hooks". I wanted to capture these years of my life on an album while they still represented what I was going through". She had met Borchetta in She persuaded Big Machine to hire her demo producer Nathan Chapman , with whom she felt she had the right "chemistry".
Swift's firm, pleading voice". For the former, Swift became the youngest person to single-handedly write and perform a number-one song on the chart. Fearless and acting Swift's second studio album, Fearless , was released on November 11, It peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot  and number one in Australia.
The Movie , Swift had a cameo appearance in the film and recorded two songs for its soundtrack. Swift was the youngest artist ever to win Album of the Year. Her vocal performance received negative reviews and a media backlash. Crime Scene Investigation , playing a rebellious teenager. The New York Times noted that the character allowed Swift to be "a little bit naughty, and credibly so".
It entered the United States at number three, making Swift the second female artist in the history of the Hot after Mariah Carey to debut multiple tracks in the top five in one year; the other was "Today Was a Fairytale" at number two. She earned another Guinness World Record entry after she became the first woman to achieve 10 track debuts on the Billboard Hot Claire Suddath of Time felt she "delivered her comeback on-key and with a vengeance";  Jayme Deerwester of USA Today wrote that the criticism in seemed to have "made her a better songwriter and live performer".
It became her first number one in the US and New Zealand   and reached the top slot on iTunes ' digital song sales chart 50 minutes after its release, earning the "Fastest Selling Single in Digital History" Guinness World Record. It reached number seven on the Billboard Hot The album was a critical and commercial success,  and debuted at number one on the Billboard with first-week sales of 1.
This marked the highest opening sales in a decade in the United States, and made Swift the first female to have two million-selling album openings, a record recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records. She became the first woman, and fifth act overall, to win the first of these twice. The song reached number one in Sweden and peaked at number two in the United States. Four years earlier, Swift had informed Mueller's bosses that he had sexually assaulted her by groping her at an event.
After being fired, Mueller accused Swift of lying and sued her for making him lose his job. Shortly after, Swift counter-sued for sexual assault. The jury rejected Mueller's claims and ruled in favor of Swift. One of Swift's earliest musical memories is listening to her maternal grandmother, Marjorie Finlay, sing in church. Any musician could only dream of a legacy like that". He's just one of those people who has been in this business for years but you can tell it hasn't chewed him up and spat him out", Swift says.
She's known as an emotional person but a strong person". As a pre-teen, she enjoyed bubblegum pop acts including Hanson and Britney Spears ; Swift has said she has "unwavering devotion" for Spears. Swift's music to indicate country—a few banjo strums, a pair of cowboy boots worn onstage, a bedazzled guitar—but there's something in her winsome, vulnerable delivery that's unique to Nashville".
She can still sound strained and thin, and often strays into a pitch that drives some people crazy; but she's learned how to make words sound like what they mean. And it imperils a true appreciation of Swift's talent, which is not confessional, but dramatic. You try to give insight as to where you were coming from as a writer without completely throwing somebody under the bus". The magazine has also compared her work to Brian Wilson. In The Guardian's words, "she spends so much time kissin' in the rain that it seems a miracle she hasn't developed trenchfoot ".