Taylor Swift Is Really Something in Red as Album Saturates the Charts

Lady Antebellum Skis Into Top 5 With Christmas CD

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 CyrusChange My Mind (No. 38) and Montgomery Gentry’s Friends and Family EP (No. 53).

Albums No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 are Jason Aldean’s Night Train, Little Big Town’s Tornado and Christmas With Scotty McCreery, respectively.

Rounding out the Top 5 songs are Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away,” Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” Lee Brice’s “Hard to Love” and Luke Bryan’s “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”

So what’s your verdict on the CMA awards show? Guilty or not guilty of culturecide?

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.