While gearing up for the Oct. 26 re-release of her "Fearless" album with six new songs, Taylor Swift sat down with Billboard to reflect on her first-ever headlining tour, which received such a massive fan response that she'll be kicking off a second leg in 2010.
"I've opened up for what seems like every country headliner out there, and getting to go out on my own this year was one of the most amazing, unforgettable experiences of my life," Swift says. "The screaming that happened on that tour from the crowd -- at a volume level, it's something I've never really experienced before. Those are definitely going to be the good memories that I focus on when I need a pick-me-up, or just to go back and reminisce on something that I can't believe happened to me."
Even with her awards, stardom, and fan alliances (especially thanks to a certain VMA incident) growing, Swift says she's making sure to stay grounded. "I never want to get to the point where success and nominations and things like that ever seem just like something that happens every day," the singer explains. "I was brought up by two parents who taught me that the world doesn't owe you anything. You have to work for everything you get and you have to be appreciative of every bit of success that the world gives you."
Swfit adds, "I remember driving the streets of my hometown in Hendersonville, Tennessee when I was 14 -- the same streets that I drive now -- and back then my life was so different. The things that I'm doing now were only things that I could dream about."