Former Taylor Swift Manager Rick Barker was given Big Machine’s new artist Taylor to help her better understand the business side of music. Rick become Taylor’s long time manager giving the artist direction and key insights on navigating the music business. Needless to say, she took Rick’s advice to heart. “He was the first one to ever say that to me and it sunk in,” Taylor said in an interview with Pollstar Magazine after celebrating her first Gold Album. To date the superstar has over 70 Million Facebook Fans and sold over 30 million albums and 80 million digital single downloads.