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TAYLOR SWIFT SPENDS 3RD WEEK AT #1 ON BILLBOARD’S HOT 100 CHART
“WE ARE NEVER EVER GETTING BACK TOGETHER” TOPS MORE THAN 1.4 MILLION DOWNLOAD SALES IN THE U.S. AND HAS MORE THAN 385 MILLION RADIO AUDIENCE IMPRESSIONS
BILLBOARD REPORTS: “‘NEVER, EVER’ CLAIMS THE LONGEST RULE ATOP THE HOT 100 FOR A COUNTRY SONG IN ALMOST 32 YEARS”
Nashville, TN – September 13, 2012 – “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” the lead single from 6-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift’s forthcoming album, Red, this week spends its third week at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 all-format singles chart, which factors in both sales and radio airplay. The single has been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
Since its release on August 13th, "Never Ever" has sold in excess of 1.4 million downloads in the U.S., and made more than 385 million all-format audience impressions at radio. The song’s debut sales of 623,000 downloads was the biggest opening-week for a song by a woman in SoundScan history, and the second-biggest debut ever. Worldwide, the single has already reached the #1 position atop the iTunes charts in 32 countries. The song is also #1 for the fourth consecutive week on Billboard’s all-genre Hot Digital Songs chart.
Billboard reports: “The three weeks at #1 for "Never" represent the longest Hot 100 reign for a country title since Kenny Rogers' "Lady" led for six weeks, beginning Nov. 15, 1980. Not only does "Never" boast the longest Hot 100 domination for any country song since "Lady," but it also scores the longest such lead by a woman since Debby Boone arrived with her 10-week Hot 100 No. 1 "You Light Up My Life," which also rose to No. 4 on Hot Country Songs, in 1977.”
Taylor also scored this week’s Hot 100 highest debut, as her charity single, “Ronan,” charts at #16. Taylor performed “Ronan,” an unreleased, never-before-performed song about a very special little boy, on last week’s “Stand Up To Cancer” telethon. 3-year old Ronan Thompson passed away last year after battling neuroblastoma. Taylor followed his mom’s blog and wrote this song for his family. She credits Ronan’s mom, Maya, as a co-writer on the song, as her strength, her words, her hope, and her beautiful little boy were the song’s inspiration. The song was made available on iTunes immediately following Friday’s Stand Up To Cancer broadcast, and reached the #1 all-genre position within hours. All of Taylor’s proceeds from the song will go to cancer-related charities. “Ronan” will not be on Taylor’s forthcoming studio album, Red.
Taylor is in Brazil this week doing pre-promotion for Red, which will be released on October 22nd on Big Machine Records in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Japan, and in conjunction with Universal Music Group International in the rest of the world. Universal Republic handles non-country radio for the project in the U.S.
ARRESTED now in Colorado...but what a story and week for 2 brothers and their stripper sister!
Text messages and tweets by three fugitive siblings who shot at a police officer and robbed a bank reveal a dangerous mindset and a firm bond between the siblings, "We've certainly seen their mindset when... They shot at a law enforcement officer outside of Tampa Bay, Fla., and when they fired inside that bank in Valdosta, Ga. But these additional texts and tweets have given us additional insight," FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett told "Good Morning America" today. " We are concerned and feel that they are going to continue and cause problems to say the least for law enforcement." Ryan Dougherty, 21; his sister Lee Grace E. Dougherty, 29; and half-brother Dylan Dougherty Stanley, 26, have been on the lam since Aug. 2 when they shot at a police officer attempting to pull their white Subaru Impreza over for speeding. A few hours later, they robbed a bank in Georg…
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (March 2, 2017) – Award-winning songwriters Cole Swindell, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell(each recent CMA Triple Play Award winners) gathered with fans, friends and industry notables Tuesday night at the Warner Music Nashville office to celebrate the No. 1 hit “Middle of a Memory,” from Swindell’s recently certified RIAA Gold album You Should Be Here. “Middle of a Memory” became Swindell’s record-breaking sixth consecutive No. 1 single (breaking his own record) and ninth overall as a songwriter.
Swindell, the six-time Platinum-selling No. 1 hit songwriter is the only solo artist in the history of Country Aircheck/Mediabase to top the chart with his first SIX singles.
“Middle of a Memory,” recently certified Gold® by the RIAA, is the followup to the Platinum-certified, 1+ Billion-reaching smash single “You Should Be Here.”
Each of the six singles and two albums Swindell has released since he signed with Warner Bros. Records three years ago have not only all gone to N…