Taylor Swift Heads to "SNL"


Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records.

Jan. 5, 2009 — It looks as if big things will continue to happen for Taylor Swift in 2009. She’s expected to begin her first headlining tour later in the year, and she’s already slated to be the musical guest on the first new episode of NBC’s "Saturday Night Live," airing this Saturday.

Taylor’s inaugural appearance on the venerable live show from New York has a poetic ring to it. She notched her first hit with the single "Tim McGraw." The song’s namesake made his own first appearance on "SNL" the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Taylor already had a huge 2008, ending it by performing in a sleeveless outfit in 18-degree weather at Times Square in New York during "Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve." She also hosted GAC’s Top 50 Videos Of 2008. Nielsen SoundScan tabbed her as the best-selling artist in any genre for ‘08, as her albums Taylor Swift and Fearless totalled 4 million sales during the calendar year. She was the brightest spot in a market in which album sales overall dropped 14 percent, according to USA Today, and country sales sagged 24 percent, Billboard reported.

One other development on the horizon for Taylor in ’09: She plans to launch a line of sundresses at Wal-Mart this spring. She promises the clothing will be sensibly priced, even in a slumping economy.

"I was raised by a stockbroker," she told The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "so I've always been conscious of what the market is doing and where the economy is. I never want to put my name on something that an 18-year-old girl struggling through her freshman year of college can't afford or a family of four who won't spend $150 for a dress."