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Taylor Swift - Change

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Change is a song performed by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift. Swift self-penned the song and co-produced it alongside Nathan Chapman. The song was released on August 8, 2008, with all proceeds being donated to the United States Olympic team. "Change" was written about Swift's hopes and aspirations in regards to succeeding, although being signed to the smallest record label in Nashville, Tennessee. The track was later chosen as one of the themes for the 2008 Summer Olympics and was included on the AT&T Team USA Soundtrack, which was released August 7, 2008. The song was later included on Swift's second studio album Fearless, which was released in November 2008. "Change" is musically pop rock and uses divergent string instruments. Lyrically, it speaks of overcoming obstacles and achieving victory.

It received mixed reviews from music critics and was able to debut and peak at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Swift's first song to reach the top ten on the chart. The music video for "Change" was directed by Shawn Robbins and features Swift performing with a band in a ballroom. An alternate version of the video features footage of the United States Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The song was performed during Swift's first headlining tour, the Fearless Tour in 2009.

Chart performance

On the week ending August 30, 2008, "Change" debuted at its peak position of number ten on the Billboard Hot 100, selling over 131,000 digital downloads, making it Swift's best-charting song at the time and first top ten appearance. In the following week, the song descended to number forty and then number one-hundred on the Billboard Hot 100, marking its third and last week on the chart. The song is one of thirteen songs from Fearless charted within the top forty of the Billboard Hot 100, breaking the record for the most top forty entries from a single album. "Change" also peaked at number fifty-seven on the Hot Country Songs chart on the week ending August 30, 2008. The track also peaked at number twenty-one on the now-defunct Pop 100 chart.