Now we know why Taylor Swift called her new album Fearless. It has absolutely thumped the competition, selling 592,304 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and thus landing at the top of both Billboard’s country and all-genre Billboard 200 charts.
To put it another way, Swift sold approximately one-sixth of all albums purchased in the U.S. last week.
Compounding the good news for the blonde tsunami is the fact that her latest single, “Love Story,” is spending its second consecutive week at No. 1 on the country chart. It’s a good thing the holidays are upon us. We chroniclers of the music scene can use the down time to discover new superlatives to apply to Swift’s runaway success.
Two other new albums grace the charts: a various artists compilation called Country Love Songs (breaking the ribbon at No. 59) and Kevin Costner & Modern West’s Untold Truths (squeaking in at No. 75).
Directly following Swift’s new entry within the Top 5 albums are Rascal Flatts’ Greatest Hits, Volume 1 Kenny Chesney’s Lucky Old Sun, Sugarland’s Love on the Inside and — OMG! — Taylor Swift’s Taylor Swift.
George Strait’s “River of Love,” which he performed on last week’s CMA Awards show, takes a big leap from No. 45 to No. 33.
OK, can we agree that Fearless has left us breathless?