Swift reclaims top; Plant/Krauss surge
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Swift reclaims top; Plant/Krauss surge

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 – Taylor Swift returns to the top of the Billboard album chart with "Fearless." Swift took over from The Fray's self-titled second disc. "Raising Sand" enjoyed a huge gain from the five awards given Robert Plant and Alison Krauss at the Grammys. The CD moved from 69 to 2 with sales of 77,000, up 715 percent.

Swift nabbed her first number 1 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay tally as Love Story hit the top in its 15th week on the charts. This was the first time a song was first on the Hot Country Songs chart and the Mainstream Top 40 chart since the Top 40 chart debuted in 1992.

The charts will be officially released Thursday.


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Part Behind The Music style documentary and part concert film, Taylor Swift's new Blu-ray release offers an interesting hybrid approach to the typical live performance video - an approach that hits more than it misses. "Journey To Fearless" focuses on Swift's meteoric rise from aspiring grade-school singer/songwriter to award-winning country and pop megastar while sprinkling in live performances. Hardcore Swift fans will find a lot to love on this single-disc set (which is also ...
CD review - Speak Now Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning ...
CD review - Fearless Taylor Swift took the county world by storm with her huge selling debut and its five hit singles. With a huge marketing push and myspace, Swift was on her way. Kind of like an Avril Lavigne for the teen female country set. Sophomore slump? There's no indication of that. Swift once again writes her material - all 13 songs here with help sometimes from Liz Rose, Colbie Caillat and John Rich. Swift writes of what she knows about - relationships and teen love come and gone in songs speak to her fans. ...


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