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Kelsea Ballerini, 'Unapologetically'
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Kelsea Ballerini, 'Unapologetically'

Ballerini's debut scored a Number One country hit ("Peter Pan") and got Nashville wondering if she was the country-pop heir to Taylor Swift. She's trying not to get swept up in the hype; though Ballerini, 24, says she was pitched "undeniable hits" for her follow-up, she was intent on co-writing everything. She singles out "High School," a ballad she wrote after returning home to Knoxville, Tennessee, after leaving at 15. "It made me realize how much I had changed," she says. "That song is my baby of the record."

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