Here's another way of saying pretty much the same thing: Just 10 songs in digital history have sold 400K or more copies the first week out. Swift is the only artist with two of them.
And Swift isn't through yet. Yet another song from Red, "State Of Grace," is expected to make a big splash on the Hot 100 next week. The success of all these songs suggests that Red will get off to a very fast start, as Swift's last two studio albums did. Fearless sold 592K copies in its first week in November 2008. Speak Now sold 1,047,000 copies in its first week in October 2010.
Personally, I find this flood of attention-seeking preview tracks to be tedious, even exhausting (to lift a word from "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together"), but as long as fans keep buying them, I'm sure we'll keep seeing them.
"We Are Never Ever…" holds at #5, giving Swift two songs in the top five for the first time in her career.
"We Are Never Ever…" holds at #1 on Hot Country Songs for the second week. The song initially peaked at #13 on that chart, but it surged from #21 to #1 last week due to a major change in chart methodology. The chart now blends airplay, sales and streaming data, just as the Hot 100 does. ("I Knew You Were Trouble" doesn't appear on the country chart. Billboard's Gary Trust offers two reasons: the record's "pure pop, even dubstep-leaning sound" and the fact that it's not being promoted to country radio.)
Which begs the question why "We Are Never Ever…" is on the chart. The song may have a touch of country in it, but only a touch. It's a sleek pop record. It reminds me of Miley Cyrus' shiny 2009 smash "Party In The U.S.A." I like both records, but I wouldn't call either one country.
One final note: "I Knew You Were Trouble" is the second song with a title that begins with the words "I Knew You Were" to crack the top 10. "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" by Aretha Franklin and George Michael hit #1 in 1987.
"As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean rebounds from #7 to #6. The song has alternated between #6 and #7 for six straight weeks. I like the record, so I hope it climbs one more notch and can go down in history as a top five hit.
Alex Clare's "Too Close" jumps from #10 to #7 (its highest ranking to date) in its 29th week. The song also tops the 2 million mark in sales this week. It's the 28th song to sell 2 million copies in 2012.
Here's the low-down on this week's top 10 songs.
The Top Five: Maroon 5's "One More Night" holds at #1 for the fifth week in its 17th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #4 (160K)…PSY's "Gangnam Style" holds at #2 for the fourth week in its sixth week on the chart. This is its fourth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #2 (231K)…Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" debuts at #3. This is Swift's 14th top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #1 (416K)…fun.'s "Some Nights" holds at #4 for the second week in its 34th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #6 (137K)…Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" holds at #5 for the second week in its 10th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #7 (124K).
The Second Five: "As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean rebounds from #7 to #6 in its 17th week on the chart. This is its ninth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #13 (79K)… Alex Clare's "Too Close" jumps from #10 to #7 in its 29th week on the chart. This is its sixth week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #8 (108K)…Ke$ha's "Die Young" jumps from #14 to #8 in its third week on the chart. This is her eighth top 10 hit. Digital sales rank: #5 (139K)…P!nk's "Blow Me (One Last Kiss)" holds at #9 for the second week in its 15th week on the chart. This is its 10th week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #30 (49K)…Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen's "Good Time" rebounds from #11 to #10 in its 16th week on the chart. This is its seventh week in the top 10. Digital sales rank: #19 (66K).
"Skyfall" jumps to #2 on The Official U.K. chart. This ties Duran Duran's 1985 smash "A View To A Kill" as the highest-charting Bond theme in U.K. chart history. ("A View To A Kill" is also the highest-charting Bond theme in U.S. chart history. It's the only one to date to reach #1.)
Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)" jumps from #17 to #12 in its 11th week. It's vying to become his 11th top 10 hit…Chris Brown's "Don't Wake Me Up" jumps from #16 to #14 in its 16th week. This matches its highest ranking to date…Phillip Phillips' "Home" rebounds from #25 to #19 in its 16th week. The song has already climbed as high as #9. It will top the 2 million mark next week.
Train's "50 Ways To Say Goodbye" jumps from #28 to #24 in its 14th week…The Lumineers' "Ho Hey" jumps from #40 to #32 in its 19th week. This matches its highest ranking to date…Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" jumps from #43 to #34 in its ninth week…Lee Brice's "Hard To Love" jumps from #51 to #41 in its 18th week…Flo Rida's "I Cry" jumps from #69 to #51 in its third week…Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools (Drank)" jumps from #71 to #61 in its ninth week..."Hall Of Fame" by The Script featuring will.i.am leaps from #96 to #71 in its third week.
"Diced Pineapples" by Rick Ross featuring Wale and Drake re-enters the chart at #88. This is its highest ranking to date. It's from God Forgives, I Don't…"My Moment" by DJ Drama, 2 Chainz, Meek Mill, Jeremih jumps from #99 to #89 in its second week.
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