Fling wide your doors, Music Row, and run dancing into the streets. The Taylor Swift Job Security Plan has been enacted.
Propelled by first-week sales of 1,046,718 copies (as measured by Nielsen SoundScan), Swift’s Speak Now roars into the No. 1 spot on both Billboard’s country albums chart and the Billboard 200 all-genre rankings.
Two other new albums make their debut: Country Strong, the multi-artist soundtrack to the movie of the same name, bowing at No. 16, and The Essential Dixie Chicks, arriving at No. 40.
Swift’s “Mean” is the week’s highest charting new song. It enters at No. 55 and is followed at No. 56 by the only other newcomer, Josh Turner’s “I Wouldn’t Be a Man.” The title track from Swift’s new album returns to the chart at No. 58.
Completing the Top 5 albums cluster, in descending order, are Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine (last week’s chart-topper), Rucker’s Charleston, SC 1966, The Band Perry’s self-titled collection and Kenny Chesney’s Hemingway’s Whiskey.
Suddenly, Christmas is in the air.