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The Year in Review 2012: Taylor Swift Will Never Ever Stop Making Headlines

Image courtesy of Credit: Sarah Barlow (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Credit: Sarah Barlow (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 Taylor's second consecutive album to break the million sales mark in that time frame.  She's the only female artist ever to have two albums accomplish this feat. By year's end, Red was second only to Adele 's 21 as 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 a Grammy nod for 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 also recorded the track "Safe and Sound" with The Civil Wars from The Hunger Games soundtrack, which would later earn her a Golden Globe nod for Best Original Song, as well as two Grammy nominations.  In addition, Taylor voiced the character of 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 never-boring love life.  First, her alleged former boyfriend John Mayer complained to Rolling Stone that it was not cool of Taylor to write the song "Dear John" about him, which caused her to label him "presumptuous" for daring to assume that he was the topic of said tune. 

Next came her headline-grabbing summer romance with 18-year-old Conor Kennedy .   Taylor's friend, Kennedy matriarch Ethel Kennedy , told reporters that she'd be thrilled if the two married, and Taylor reportedly purchased a home right next to the Kennedy compound.  But soon that romance was over, and Taylor had taken up with  One Direction 's Harry Styles .  There was also the endless speculation over which of Taylor's former boyfriends had inspired the songs on Red, with most agreeing that Jake Gyllenhaal was definitely one of the culprits.

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