This enables Swift to set new records for the largest one-week digital sales tally by a female artist (eclipsing Ke$ha's "TiK ToK," which sold 610K in December 2009); by a country artist (eclipsing Swift's own "Love Story," which sold 360K in December 2008); and by any artist in 2012 (eclipsing "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra, which sold 542K in the week ending April 15).
"We Are Never Ever…" is the first single from Swift's fourth studio album, Red, which is due Oct. 22. Swift's last studio album, Speak Now, sold 1,047,000 copies in its first week of release in October 2010.
"We Are Never Ever…" enters Hot Country Songs at #13. That ties "Feel Like A Rock Star" by Kenny Chesney & Tim McGraw for the year's highest debut on that chart. (Despite that potent debut, "…Rock Star" peaked at #11 on the country chart.) If Swift's smash reaches #1 on Hot Country Songs, it would be the first song to top both the pop and country charts since Lonestar's "Amazed" in 2000.
In addition to breaking several one-week sales records, "We Are Never Ever…" breaks several first-week sales records. It sets new records for the largest first-week digital sales by a female artist (eclipsing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way," which sold 448K in February 2011); by a country artist (eclipsing her own "Today Was A Fairytale," which sold 325K in January 2010); and by any artist in 2012 (eclipsing Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend," which sold 521K in the week ending April 1).
One difference between Swift, 22, and Rogers, who turns 74 on Tuesday: Swift wrote or co-wrote all 11 of these hits. Rogers didn't have a hand in writing any of his top 10 hits on the Hot 100 (though he did write or co-write some of his lesser hits). Swift co-wrote "We Are Never Ever…" with pop hit-makers Max Martin and Shellback.
"We Are Never Ever…" is Swift's fourth #1 on Hot Digital Songs, following "Today Was A Fairytale," "Mine" and "Back To December," all from 2010.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" vaults from #72 #1. It's her 11th top 10 hit; her first #1. Digital sales rank: #1 (623K)…Flo Rida's "Whistle" dips from #1 to #2 in its 14th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (199K)… Ellie Goulding's "Lights" dips from #2 to #3 in its 35th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #14 (96K)…Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" dips from #3 to #4 in its 26th week on the chart. This is its 21st week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (136K)… … Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" dips from #4 to #5 in its 13th week on the chart. This is its 11th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (97K).
The Second Five: fun.'s "Some Nights" jumps from #8 to #6 in its 26th week. This is its second week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #3 (180K)…"Payphone" by Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa drops from #5 to #7 its 18th week on the chart. It has been in the top 10 the entire time. Digital sales rank: #20 (82K)…"As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean jumps from #12 to #8 in its ninth week. It's Bieber's fourth top 10 hit; Big Sean's second. Digital sales rank: #6 (145K)…Maroon 5's "One More Night" jumps from #15 to #9 in its ninth week. This is the group's sixth top10 hit. Digital sales rank: 4 (170K)…"Titanium" by David Guetta featuring Sia drops from #7 to #10 in its 19th week on the chart. This is its eighth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (82K).
Three hits drop out of the top 10 this week. "Somebody That I Used To Know" by Gotye featuring Kimbra drops from #6 to #11, Phillip Phillips' "Home" drops from #9 to #17 and Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" drops from #10 to #15. "Home" remains in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. Digital sales rank: #5 (161K).
Neon Trees' sassy "Everybody Talks" jumps from #17 to #14 in its 23rd week. It's the group's second top 15 hit. "Animal" reached #13 in November 2010…Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back" drops from #14 to #16 its 10th week. Digital sales rank: #9 (125K). The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week...Nicki Minaj's "Pound The Alarm" jumps from #29 to #22 in its fourth week.
Hunter Hayes' "Wanted" jumps from #34 to #29 in its 17th week. The song tops the 1 million mark in digital sales this week…Carrie Underwood's "Blown Away" jumps from #38 to #30 in its seventh week…Mumford & Sons' "I Will Wait" drops from #23 to #37 in its second week. Digital sales rank: #10 (102K).
Miguel's "Adorn" jumps from #77 to #68 in its third week…Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" jumps from #79 to #69 in its 11th week…Rascal Flatts' "Come Wake Me Up" jumps from #84 to #72 in its fourth week…Miranda Lambert's "Fastest Girl In Town" jumps from #81 to #73 in its fourth week…Ed Sheeran's "The A Team" jumps from #85 to #75 in its sixth week…Future's "Turn On The Lights" jumps from #89 to #78 in its second week.
Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" jumps from #97 to #88 in its third week. It's my current favorite single.
"I Can Only Imagine" by David Guetta featuring Chris Brown and Lil Wayne re-enters the chart at #90… Lupe Fiasco's "Lamborghini Angels" debuts at #92. It's from the hip-hopper's fourth studio album, Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album, Pt. 1, which is due Sept. 25… "Put It Down" by Brandy featuring Chris Brown debuts at #95. It's from her sixth studio album, Two Eleven, which is due Oct. 16…Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" debuts at #99. It's from the country group's EP It'z Just What We Do, which came out in May.
Ke$ha's "Blow" tops the 3 million mark this week. It's her fourth 3-million-seller, following "TiK ToK" (6,332,000), "We R Who We R" (3,804,000) and "Your Love Is My Drug" (3,110,000).
Two collabos top the 1 million mark: "Dance Again" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull and "Cinema" by Benny Benassi featuring Gary Go.
To My Readers: I'll have more to add after I've seen the full chart later today.
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