Taylor Swift hits No. 1 with record-breaking sales week
It may be hard to believe, but as we guessed might happen, Taylor Swift just earned her first ever No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100.
Her new breakup anthem “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” sold 623,000 downloads in its first week — the largest frame ever by a female artist. The song was purchased more times than Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok,” which scored 610,000 downloads during January 2010’s lucrative post-holiday iTunes gift-card frenzy, and it notched way higher sales than Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which, with 448,000 downloads in its first week, held the record for best single-week debut sales frame by a female.
Only one song was ever purchased more times in seven days than “Never”: Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” which sold 636,000 units in its first week. Coincidentally, Swift’s new single pushes Flo Rida’s current smash “Whistle” out of the top spot and down to No. 2.
Swift, who has always enjoyed both pop and country radio relevance (Billboard notes that her No. 13 launch on the Country Songs chart is the highest debut by a woman in the 22 years that Soundscan has collected data), formerly reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “You Belong with Me” and “Today was a Fairytale.” Speak Now‘s lead single “Mine” reached No. 3, while the ubiquitous Cinderella tale “Love Story” peaked at No. 4.
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