Nashville, TN – July 29, 2009 – The momentum of Taylor Swift continues to grow exponentially, with her triple-platinum-plus FEARLESS CD notching its 20th week as the #1 selling album in country music. FEARLESS is the top-selling album in all genres of music so far this year.
Taylor joins Garth Brooks and Shania Twain as the only country artists in the Billboard SoundScan era to have TWO albums spend 20 weeks at #1 on the Top Country Albums sales chart. FEARLESS, released on Big Machine Records, returned last week to the #1 spot atop Billboard’s Top Country Albums sales chart, 36 weeks after its initial release, and holds firm this week, marking the collection’s 20th week at #1. Her self-titled debut CD, released 143 weeks ago (in 2006), also remains one of country’s top sellers, claiming the #11 spot on the sales chart this week. Taylor is the only artist this decade to have two albums spend 20 weeks at #1 on the Top Country Albums chart.
Taylor’s career CD sales to date now top 7.75 million albums, her paid song downloads now exceed 18 million, and her MySpace music streams are over 246 million.
Taylor’s current single, “You Belong With Me,” currently holds the # 3 position and is climbing BOTH Billboard’s Top Country Songs chart and the Hot 100 pop chart, making Taylor the only artist in the 25-year archival history of Billboard’s airplay charts to have a song greater than #5 on both charts in the same week. In addition, Taylor currently holds the Billboard all-genre record for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar year
The TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR is the hottest ticket in America this summer, with her sold-out shows garnering rave reviews and electrifying crowds everywhere. Just last weekend. Taylor’s tour set a record at the North Dakota State Fair, with over 50,600 people in attendance that day, the first time ever the fair’s crowd topped the 40,000 mark. The FEARLESS 2009 tour continues through mid-October.
Taylor is featured on the cover of the August issue of Glamour, on newsstands now. The cover and accompanying 8-page interior spread were shot in Los Angeles in April, just prior to the Academy of Country Music Awards, where Taylor was honored with the Album of the Year and Crystal Milestone awards. Taylor is also featured on the cover of the August issue of People StyleWatch magazine.
In other Taylor news, Taylor joins an all-star roster of artists with songs in Band Hero, Activision’s follow-up to their popular Guitar Hero game. Band Hero is scheduled for a November, 2009 release.