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Here's The Story Of The Reality Star Who's Beaten Taylor Swift To No. 1 On The iTunes Chart

Yep, Megan McKenna, British reality TV royalty, is currently occupying the top two positions of the iTunes chart, where Taylor has dominated for two weeks.

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This is Megan McKenna, Essex resident and reality TV royalty.

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Back in 2009 she reached the semi-finals of Britain's Got Talent, while in 2013 and 2014 she auditioned for The X Factor, making it to bootcamp both times. But she really shot to fame in 2015, when she appeared on Ex on the Beach, which led to her becoming a housemate on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016. Shortly after that she joined the cast of The Only Way Is Essex, and she recently landed her own spinoff show, There's Something About Megan, which aired on ITVBe this week.

She quickly gained a reputation for her fiery temper. In fact, if you've ever watched a show in which Megan appears, there's a high chance you'll have seen her face contort as she screams bloody murder at everyone around her.

Not only is she arguably the angriest and most prolific reality TV star in the UK, Megan has also been harbouring a deep desire to be a country singer for years.

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She's been obsessed with Taylor Swift since her teenage years, and begged her parents to take her to Nashville so she could attempt to emulate Taylor's career. However, the family could never afford the trip, and Megan never went.

She even auditioned as a country artist on The X Factor, but Simon Cowell told her she'd never be taken seriously.

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She recently revealed that Simon told her: "Essex girls can't sing country. No one will take you seriously." But Megan said she walked out of the audition with her "head held high" and decided to pursue the country route regardless.

And it paid off. In the spring of 2017, producers at ITV approached her with an idea – a show following Megan to Nashville where she'd attempt to forge a country music career.

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She'd be writing with world-renowned musicians and performing at open mic nights.

When ITV announced the show, people who were only used to seeing Megan raging on TV were sceptical about the concept of the programme and her singing ability.

Errr why does Megan McKenna have her own show where she's going to Nashville to do country singing 😩😭 so grim

Who tf has given Megan McKenna her own reality show

Holy crap @Megan_Mckenna_ you can sing girl 😍😍😍 officially found a new show i am obsessed with.. #TheresSomethingAboutMegan 🇺🇸🇺🇸

Then, hours after the final episode aired, Megan dropped two tracks – "High Heeled Shoes", and a song she wrote about boyfriend and TOWIE costar Pete Wicks, "Far Cry From Love."

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She then woke up to the news that the tracks had shot into the iTunes top 10, at No. 5 and No. 9 respectively.

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As the day progressed, Megan's songs kept rising the charts, eventually knocking Taylor Swift – who's been occupying the top two positions of the chart for the past two weeks – into fourth and fifth place.

Just to be clear about what's happening here: Megan McKenna is currently outselling Taylor Swift – an artist who hasn't released any new music for three years, whose new tracks have broken sales records and sent the entire world into a tailspin.

And everyone else was in shock too.

Can't believe Megan McKenna is the queen of country. Taylor Swift is shook.

Megan McKenna just casually strolled past dua lipa, Taylor swift and P!nk and went to No. 1 & 2 on ITunes.... What… https://t.co/bDpcX1yomE

@Megan_Mckenna_ to get to number 1 is pretty good itself, but knocking off @taylorswift13 off the spot is just amazing!!

megan mckenna is beating taylor swift on the itunes chart and i'm not even mad about it

Wow @Megan_Mckenna_ knocking the big players of pop pink and Taylor swift off the top of the iTunes Charts. Amazing girl done good 💁🏻

Some people are making excellent jokes.

Me: Oh I'm really not looking forward to hearing Taylor Swift's #1 singles non-stop through 2018 Megan McKenna:

If anyone's wondering where the old Taylor Swift went, she reincarnated into Megan McKenna

Taylor Swift could never⚡️ “Is Megan McKenna the new Taylor Swift? ” https://t.co/9GuURqaqPE

Others are living for it.

I can't believe Megan McKenna is the person who dethroned Taylor Swift I love 2017

I AM SCREAMINGGG MEGAN MCKENNA'S NEW SONGS ARE #1 and #2 SHE'S THE NEW TAYLOR SWIFT KFJDKDJDKDLJSLDKSLD

And many people noted the irony that Megan's songs actually sound a lot like the Old Taylor's music.

My sister thought it was Taylor swift singing in my room but it was @Megan_Mckenna_ Amazing love the two songs ❤️❤️

Literally reminds me of the old @taylorswift13 @Megan_Mckenna_ #HighHeeledShoes #farcryfromlove

Megan McKenna's new songs so remind me of Taylor swift 2k8, lovin it!!!

Now Megan's revealed that her chart position is even more special given that she's looked up to Taylor for years.

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Speaking to MailOnline, Megan said:

To even be next to her on the chart is amazing. She's someone I look up to. I love the old Taylor, when she did "Our Song" and "Teardrops On My Guitar," and the really heartfelt stuff. That's why I'm hoping people will love my music as it's so real. The lyrics, the feelings, they're all me. I'm just happy everyone loves it.

Megan added that she's relishing "finally being taken seriously" after her reality show past.

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She said:

I love to do silly things and sing all the time, and it's a relief now that people have seen this side of me. People are finally taking me seriously, which is such a nice feeling. I've had to deal with a lot of c**p over last few years, with trolls and being called "mental Megan", but all that time I was just wishing they could see me for me.

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