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Taylor Swift makes history

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 – Taylor Swift is the second female artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 to debut multiple songs in the top five during a calendar year as Mine will enter the chart at number three when the charts are out Thursday. Today Was a Fairytale was second on the Feb. 6 chart.

Mariah Carey is the only other female with multiple top five debuts in a single year, opening at number 1 with both Fantasy and One Sweet Day, with Boyz II Men, in 1995.

Eminem has also placed two top five debuts on the Hot 100 this year as Lie opened at 2 and Not Afraid started in first on the May 22 chart. He is the first male artist to do so.

Mine, the first single from Swift's forthcoming album "Speak Now," opens at number 1 on Hot Digital Songs with 297,000 downloads in a partial sales week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The song was released on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2 1/2 days into the tracking period. Swift's best debut sales week came from Today Was a Fairytale, which opened in February with 325,000. Swift has done better. Love Story sold 360,000 downloads in the post-Christmas week of 2008.

On the airplay side, Mine starts at 53 on Hot 100 Airplay with 23.9 million listener impressions, according to Nielsen BDS, with roughly 60 percent of that audience coming from country radio airplay and the rest from top 40 and adult outlets. On the country chart, Mine is 26th.

Kenny Chesney made a big jump on the list, rising 96-18 as first-week downloads (82,000). Chesney topped his own record for largest opening-week downloads by a male country artist previously set with Out Last Night (71,000) in June 2009.

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Journey to Fearless DVD
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 »»»
Speak Now 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 »»»
Fearless 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. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: LSD tour provides a lot of highs – This was not your grandkids' country, that's for sure. Even the name of the tour - the LSD Tour - was a throwback (albeit far before the principals were making music). But make no mistake about it. With the ever cool country traditionalist Dwight Yoakam, the country with some rock and blues and rabble rousing of Steve Earle thrown in and the... »»»
Concert Review: Alvin, Gilmore fortunately get together – Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore had known each other for decades, but it wasn't until last year that they toured together in a guitar pull setting. What started as a small Texas tour mushroomed into points east and west and eventually the release earlier this month of their blues-based disc, "Downey to Lubbock." And now we have the... »»»
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