Taylor Swift recognized ACM Honors
Taylor Swift attended the 5th Annual ACM Honors at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN where she was honored with the Jim Reeves International Award. Past recipients include Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Keith Urban.
Taylor Swift and Speak Now – 2010 Album
Speak Now is the third studio album by American singer–songwriter Taylor Swift, released on October 25, 2010 by Big Machine Records. Production for the album took place during 2008 to 2010 at several recording studios, and was handled by Swift and country music producer Nathan Chapman. Written entirely by Swift, Speak Now expands on the country pop style of her previous work, and features lyrical themes concerning love, romance and heartbreak.
Speak Now received positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented Swift’s songwriting and themes. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling approximately 1,047,000 units in its first week. Due to strong digital sales, all fourteen songs from the standard edition of the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100, with the lead single “Mine” having the highest peak of number three.
It was also an international success, charting within the top 10 in several countries, including Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The album has sold 3.7 million copies in the United States and has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As of August 2011, the album has sold over 5.5 million copies worldwide.