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Amanda Hensel

If a passion for music and a knack for writing make a career, then color Amanda Hensel lucky. She is the product of writers -- apparently when you add two news journalists together, you get one music journalist. She currently resides in 'the live music capital of the world,' where she snagged a journalism degree from the University of Texas. Although she's grounded in Austin, Hensel's name travels -- in her short career, she has cited her passion writing for AOL Music Blog, Fringe Magazine, the Houston Press and various other publications.
Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift Opens Up About Bleeding ‘Red,’ Living Under a Magnifying Glass + Still Growing Up One Year at a Time

Taylor Swift is tired and a little glassy-eyed from a full day of interviews by the time we sit down to chat, but still she's warm, kind and, well, genuine. Just like she seems. We're like two girls in a coffee shop, even though we're surrounded by bright lights, cameramen, assistants, label reps -- you name it. She looks me in the eye, smiles, laughs and even compliments my dress, because despite being one of the biggest superstars on the planet, at 22 years old, Swift is still just a girl. A humble and surprisingly normal girl, who has crushes, falls in love, gets her heart broken... and writes No. 1 songs about it.

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Taylor Swift Shares Her 2013 Plans – Exclusive Video

Even music fans who don't consider themselves 'Swifties' likely know that Taylor Swift has a 'thing' for the number 13 -- her chosen "lucky number" -- which can often be seen scribbled on her hand during concerts. Given that 2013 is fast approaching, we asked the 'Begin Again' singer what her plans are for the new year.

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Taylor Swift Dishes on Whether She’d Ever Get a Tattoo (And What She’d Get) – Exclusive Video

Taylor Swift would never ever get a tattoo... like, ever. Trust us -- we asked. In an exclusive interview with Taste of Country, the 'Begin Again' hitmaker admitted that while she had a lot of fun writing different lyrics on her arm each night during her Speak Now Tour (see them all here), she could never actually commit to permanent ink.

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Taylor Swift We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together Video

Taylor Swift Kicks Sadness to the Curb in Fun-Filled ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ Video

It's clear that Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' video will only continue the popularity of the record-setting single. The clip, which premiered across many major networks on Aug. 30, is a blend of pent-up rage, total randomness, odd splashes of color and Taylor Swift's genuine nature -- shot all in one take, with one camera.

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