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Tuesday
Oct302012

Taylor Swift's "Red" Achieves Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002

Jason Kempin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Taylor Swift's punishing promotional schedule for her album Red, which saw her performing on nearly every TV show you can think of, has really paid off: the album's set a sales record.

Billboard reports that according to Nielsen Soundscan, Red sold 1.208 million copies its first week in stores.  That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem sold 1.322 million copies of his album The Eminem Show.  With those sales, it's no surprise that Red also debuts at #1 on the Billboard album chart: it's her third chart-topper.

The real achievement here is that Taylor is now the only woman ever to have two million-selling weeks since SoundScan started keeping track of album sales in 1991.  Her last album, 2010's Speak Now, sold 1.047 million copies in its first week.

Red is only the 18th album ever to sell a million or more copies in a week in the Soundscan era.

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Thursday
Oct182012

Taylor Swift Says It's 'Fun' to Torment Her Exes with Her Songs

ABC/RICK ROWELL(NEW YORK) -- Nobody's better than Taylor Swift when it comes to writing about the wreckage of bad relationships, but Taylor reveals that in addition to being cathartic, writing a song about the dude who screwed you over is downright "fun."

Speaking to USA Today about her hit single "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," Taylor explains that the song was inspired by an ex who "made me feel like I wasn't as good or as relevant as these hipster bands he listened to."  So how did she exact her revenge?

"I made a song that I knew would absolutely drive him crazy when he heard it on the radio," she says. "Not only would it hopefully be played a lot, so that he'd have to hear it, but it's the opposite of the kind of music that he was trying to make me feel inferior to."  When asked why she'd want to torment the guy in that way, Taylor tells USA Today, "Because that's fun."

USA Today also reports that in addition to British singer Ed Sheeran, Taylor's other duet partner on her upcoming album Red is Gary Lightbody, lead singer of the Irish band Snow Patrol.  They're best known for their monster hit "Chasing Cars."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Aug132012

ABC Exclusive: Taylor Swift Reveals New Album, "Red," and Drops New Single

Kevin Mazur/WireImage via ABC(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Taylor Swift has written the next chapter of her “Love Story,” and she means business.

The six-time Grammy winner debuted the name and cover of her brand-new album, Red, which will be out on Oct. 22, and premiered the album’s first single, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” during a live Webcast Monday in Nashville, taking fan questions in real time afterwards. Aug. 13 was an apt choice for the announcement date because 13 is the Swift’s lucky number and over 72,500 viewers tuned in.

Swift said she decided to use the title Red because “it was really simple” and epitomized the different emotions she experienced in the crazy, “semi-toxic” relationships she’s had in the past two years, and “there’s nothing beige about that.” The singer also revealed that she wrote “30 to 35″ songs for the album, but whittled it down to 16 tracks, which include a duet with recording artist Ed Sheeran.

“I am so excited for you to hear the new direction of things,” Swift said, adding that “really dysfunctional” and “not good” relationships can provide “a lot of inspiration.”

Her new song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which is about ending a bad relationship, is out Monday on iTunes and GooglePlay. While at a shoot for Glamour magazine, the 22-year-old singer told Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden exclusively that the song was about something that actually happened to her.

“Writing ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ was one of the most hilarious experiences I have ever had in the studio because it just happened so naturally,” Swift told McFadden.

Swift said the song was born while she was in the studio with songwriters Max Martin and Johan Shellback and a friend of her ex’s -- she declined to name names -- walked in.

“He starts talking about how he’s heard we were getting back together and that was not the case,” Swift said. "When he leaves, Max and Johan are like, ‘so what’s the story behind that?’ And so I start telling them the story of break up, get back together, break up, get back together, just, ugh, the worst.”

“Max says, ‘this is what we’re writing. We’re writing this song,’ and I picked up the guitar and just started singing, ‘we are never-- ’” she continued. “It just happened so fast. It was so much fun.”

Swift, who is one of the most successful country-pop crossover artists ever and has over 17 million Twitter followers, has made a career out of turning feelings of heartache and longing into smash hit singles, including "Love Story,” "Sparks Fly” and "You Belong With Me.”

Red will be the singer’s fourth studio album. Swift’s previous 2010 album, Speak Now, won her two Grammys and sold over one million copies in its first week.

The rest of McFadden’s interview with Taylor Swift will come later this fall in a Glamour profile as well as on Good Morning America and Nightline. Tune into Nightline TONIGHT at 11:35 p.m. ET to get an exclusive sneak peek.

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