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Swift sets sales mark

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 – Taylor Swift, who released her lead single We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together from her forthcoming album, "Red," last week, set the new all-genre record for female digital song sales. She also debuted atop the Billboard singles chart.

Swift thanked the fans via Twitter, writing, "I want to thank you guys for giving me my biggest first week ever with "We Are Never." I can't stop smiling. You guys are amazing!!"

The song sold 623,000 in the week ending Aug. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and debuts in first on Billboard's Digital Songs chart. The sales figures were the second largest overall sales ever.

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together claimed the number 1 position atop Billboard's Hot 100 all-format singles chart, which factors in both sales and radio airplay. The single debuted in the Top 20 on several of Billboard's radio airplay charts: the Pop Songs, Adult Pop Songs, Country Songs and Adult Contemporary Charts. This marks Swift's 11th number 1 across multiple formats, including Number Ones on the Billboard 200, Digital Songs, Radio Songs, Pop Songs, Country Songs and Country Albums charts, among others.

Worldwide, the single has reached the the number 1 position atop the iTunes charts in 32 countries.

The new chart will be officially out on Thursday. "Red" will be released on Oct. 22.

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