Taylor Swift Rewrites the Record Books
Taylor Swift's current album and tour are dubbed 'Fearless,' and when it comes to sales numbers, there's no fear that the 19-year-old will be slowing down any time soon! 'Fearless' is now enjoying its 20th week at the top of the country album chart. It's also the best-selling album across all musical genres so far this year.
Taylor now joins Garth Brooks and Shania Twain as the only country acts in the Billboard SoundScan era (begun in 1991) to have placed not one but two albums at the top of Billboard's Country Albums sales chart for 20 weeks or more. 'Fearless' jumped back to the top of the chart last week, 36 weeks after its release. And Taylor's self-titled debut disc, released in 2006, continues to be one of country music's best sellers, currently sitting at No. 11 after 143 weeks on the chart.
Since her debut, Taylor has sold nearly eight million albums, with paid song downloads now exceeding 18 million. On her MySpace page, the unstoppable singer-songwriter's tunes have been streamed more than 246 million times.
But wait, there's more! Taylor's current single, 'You Belong with Me,' has reached the Top 5 on Billboard's Top Country Songs chart and the Hot 100 pop chart, making her the only artist in the 25-year history of Billboard's airplay charts to have a song reach higher than No. 5 on both charts in the same week. She's also had the most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year, an all-genre Billboard record.
The Fearless tour is also smashing records. Last weekend, more than 50,600 people attended Taylor's show at the North Dakota State Fair, marking the first time ever that the fair's crowd topped the 40,000 mark.
Taylor also holds the record for the most ex-boyfriends dissed in song. (OK, we just made that one up, but we're still pretty sure it's true).