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The Year in Review 2012: Taylor Swift Painted the World "Red"

Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)

Taylor Swift had an incredible 2012 even before she broke new records in October with the global release of her fourth album, Red . The set moved 1.2 million copies in its first week in the U.S., making it her second consecutive album to break the million sales mark in that time frame. By year's end, Red was second only to Adele 's 21 for the bestselling album of the year, with nearly three million copies sold.

The lead single from Red , "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," also became Taylor's first #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song earned her three Grammy nods, including Record of the Year.

Prior to Red hitting stores, Taylor had accomplished quite a bit, including closing out her Speak Now World Tour in Australia in the spring. According to Billboard , the tour made more than $123 million and played to 1.6 million fans around the world over 110 shows.  She scored a #1 country hit with "Ours" in March and took the fan-voted ACM Entertainer of the Year trophy in April. Her song "Safe and Sound" with The Civil Wars , from The Hunger Games s oundtrack, earned her a Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song.  Taylor also voiced the character Audrey in the animated film Dr. Seuss's The Lorax .

In addition to launching her second perfume, Enchanted Wonderstruck, Taylor also kept the gossip blogs in business this year with her summer romance with Conor Kennedy and her current fling with One Direction 's Harry Styles , as well as all the endless speculation about which of her former boyfriends inspired the songs on Red.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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