Monday, December 10, 2012
– Taylor Swift spends her ninth consecutive week at number one on the Billboard Country Songs chart with We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,
the lead single from "Red." This sets Billboard's all-time record for most weeks at the top of the country chart by a female artist.
Previously, Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith spent eight weeks at the top with Once A Day in 1964. Swift also topped Billboard's Hot 100 chart, iTunes charts around the globe and sold more than 2.6 million downloads in the U.S.
In the six weeks since its first week debut with U.S. sales in excess of 1.2 million albums (music's highest weekly sales number in more than a decade), "Red" spent every week at number one on Billboard's Country Albums chart, and remained first or second on the all-genre Top 200 Albums chart. "Red" has reached number 1 at iTunes in 42 countries, and total sales of "Red" outside of the U.S. have now topped 1.1 million albums.
Singles from "Red" are impacting radio charts in several formats, with new single I Knew You Were Trouble currently at number 2 all-genres on iTunes and, making big jumps on the CHR/Top 40 (number 23 - number 17) and Hot AC (number 29 - number 21) charts, with most increased airplay at both.
Begin Again is at number 14 and climbing the Country airplay chart. This week's international chart highlights from "Red" include 3 songs in the Top 30 in the U.K., number 1 at A/C in Canada, a Top 10 in Australia, and the number 1 international album in Japan.
MTV will world premiere Swift's 23rd music video, the clip for I Knew You Were Trouble at 4:40 p.m. eastern this Thursday, Dec. 13, Swift's 23rd birthday. The video will then go into rotation across all MTV channels at 5 p.m. the same day. Leading up to Thursday's premiere, MTV will roll out new video assets every day at MTV.com, and on Wednesday, MTV's Sway will interview Swift as part of Viacom's "Big and Best of 2012" and will exclusively premiere the video's trailer.
Over the weekend, more shows were put on sale for Swift's 2013 The "Red" Tour, with shows selling out across North America, including stadiums in Vancouver and Winnipeg and two recently added additional shows Los Angeles' Staples Center. The "Red" Tour is currently slated to include 12 stadium stops, for a total of 63 shows in 45 cities in 29 states and 3 provinces in 2013.
Swift is currently in Europe for a live performance this weekend on top German entertainment show "Schlag den Raab." Later this month, she will perform live in Times Square, ringing in 2013 as the headliner of ABC's "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest."