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Since then, several artists have found tremendous success as country-pop crossover artists. Swift became a multi-genre music sensation with her first hit songs, including “Teardrops on My Guitar” and “Our Song.” Her last album, 2013′s “Red,” sold 1.2 million copies in the first week, according to Billboard. The tour for Red, which wrapped up in June, broke the all-time revenue record for a single tour by a country artist, grossing $150 million in 15-month span. More recently, country band Florida-Georgia Line’s song “Cruise” was the fourth-most downloaded song in 2013, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Mr. Bryan was the second-best-selling artist of 2013 behind Justin Timberlake, according to Forbes.