Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' tops the charts...again
It’s starting to feel like deja vu every time I write these words: Taylor Swift’s Fearless is the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week. This is her 10th non-consecutive week in the top spot, the most any album has racked up since Santana’s music-revolution-sparking Supernatural lasted 12 weeks 10 years ago. (Remember that?) Part of the explanation for Swift’s success has to do with ever-declining CD sales trends. She only had to move a relatively tepid 62,000 copies this week to get to No. 1. But there’s no denying that Ms. Swift is as close to a major young pop star as you get in 2009. What’s more, she’s done it without the benefit of the Disney or American Idol machines — she’s a textbook-definition indie rocker, like it or not, and people buy her CDs because she writes tight, catchy tunes that they can relate to. (I’m not ashamed to admit that “Love Story” is a jam, despite the comically off-base literary references and the sorta-creepy final verse about teenagers getting married.) Not bad at all for a 19-year-old.
There were a few other notable entries on this week’s albums chart. Coming in at No. 2 with 58,000 sold was Charlie Wilson — not the guy with the war, the Gap Band singer who’s pals with Snoop Dogg. Lady GaGa jumped up to No. 10, her highest showing yet, with 32,000. And Morrissey’s Years of Refusal landed at No. 11.
So let’s hear it. What do you think about Taylor Swift’s apparently unstoppable chart reign, or any of those other sales results?