Wednesday, July 25, 2007
– Taylor Swift's self-titled debut CD reached the number one position atop Billboard's Country Albums chart this week, taking over for Brad Paisley's "Fifth Gear."
With more than 34,000 CDs sold this week, Swift is outdistancing the current releases by such mainstream acts as Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani, Maroon 5, Rihanna, Velvet Revolver, Daughtry and R. Kelly. Swift is the only country artist currently ranked in the Top 15 on Billboard's all-genre Top 200 Chart.
The charts will be released Thursday. This marks the first number one selling album for Swift's record label, Big Machine.
This week Taylor Swift sold 34,586 copies, while the current CDs from Daughtry (released 35 weeks ago) and Gwen Stefani (out for 33 weeks) sold 25,029 and 14,407 units this week respectively. Velvet Revolver's current album, released just 3 weeks ago, trailed Swift by 12,815 units, and she outsold the new release from Lifehouse, out 5 weeks, by more than 22,000 units.
Swift surpassed the 20 million mark for music streams on MySpace, where she is currently ranked at 15 for the most MySpace visits for all genres of music.
"Taylor Swift" debuted on the Billboard sales chart at number three in October 2006 and has been one of country's top 10 sellers for 30 weeks. The CD was RIAA certified gold in 13 weeks and is now platinum for more than 1 million in sales.
Last month, Swift became the only female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum selling debut.
Last week, Swift wrapped up a series of dates as a featured guest on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's Soul2Soul 2007 tour, and she is currently on tour with Brad Paisley. She has also shared the stage with Rascal Flatts, George Strait and Kenny Chesney.