It will surprise no one who eats Papa John’s Pizza, shops at Target, listens to the radio, watches television, uses social media or breathes that Taylor Swift’s music saturates the Billboard charts this week — and not just the country ones.
With Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 1,208,290 copies its first week out, Swift’s Red tops Billboard’s country and all-genres rankings and the digital albums chart as well.
Moreover, Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” holds onto its No. 1 slot on the country songs chart for the fourth consecutive week.
But that ain’t all, folks. The golden girl has eight new songs on the chart: “I Almost Do,” which, at No. 13, is the week’s highest debut. Then she has “All Too Well” (No. 17), “Stay Stay Stay” (No. 24), “Treacherous” (No. 26), “Starlight” (No. 28), “Holy Ground” (No. 32), “The Lucky One” (No. 33) and “Sad Beautiful Tragic” (No. 37).
Like you, we’re puzzled why Swift disses her high school English teachers by ignoring the rule about using commas to set off items in a series (in her song titles). But, hey, it’s her galaxy.
The week’s other new songs are Sam Palladio and Claire Bowen’s’ “Fade Into You” (No. 25), Connie Britton and Charles Esten’s “No One Will Ever Love You” (No. 36) and Hayden Panettiere’s “Telescope” (No. 47). All these are from actors in the cast of ABC-TV’s Nashville.
There are four other new albums: Lady Antebellum’s On This Winter’s Night (No. 3), Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson’s Wreck & Ruin (No. 35), Billy Ray Cyrus’ Change My Mind (No. 38) and Montgomery Gentry’s Friends and Family EP (No. 53).
So what’s your verdict on the CMA awards show? Guilty or not guilty of culturecide?