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Oops, she did it again!
America’s country pop darling Taylor Swift is swiftly moving her latest title, ‘Blank Space,’ to the top space on the Billboard Hot 100. Thanks to healthy surge of sales and streaming (even in the absence of Spotify), the track blasts into the top 10’s upper ranking and threatens to dethrone the tally’s current champion – herself.
As ‘All About that Bass’ beauty Meghan Trainor holds onto the #2 spot for dear life, is there a chance Taylor will leap frog over the newcomer to shake up next week’s Hot 100 report?
Time will tell. Until then, recap this week’s top 10 below:
Taylor Swift is riding high atop of the Pop pack these days thanks to the gargantuan success of her new album ‘1989’.
However, her recent comments about the genre’s reigning queen Janet Jackson have us wondering if the 24-year-old is feeling a little too brazen for her own good.
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Taylor Swift and Aloe Blacc are amongst artists taking a stand against streaming giants Pandora, Spotify, and more for their “unfair compensation of artists.”
Indeed, Blacc – who has wielded such recent top hits as ‘I Need A Dollar’ and ‘I’m the Man’ – made headlines this week after alleging his hits have been spun over 168 million times on the top streaming web sites. His compensation for the spin? A measly $4000.
He’s not the only one.
Music’s darling right now, ‘Shake It Off’ songstress Taylor Swift, has unceremoniously shaken off Spotify by yanking her music from the popular streaming site. A bold move she accompanied with this quote:
“I’m not willing to contribute my life’s work to an experiment that I don’t feel fairly compensates the writers, producers, artists and creators of this music. I just don’t agree with perpetuating the perception that music has no value and should be free.”
Spotify’s CEO Daniel Elk feels Swift’s assessment is unfair. Read his response below and tell us how you feel:
As her newest album, ‘Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,’ is currently reigning over the R&B charts, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is hot on the promo trail in its support.
With a campaign of guest appearances plagued with lol-worthy moments (i.e. interview glitches, Cissy Houston‘s lack of interest in memorizing words, etc.), it seems Franklin has no intentions on slowing the good times from rolling. Case in point? Aunt Re sat down with The Wall Street Journal recently to discuss her new project and, as always, was asked to weigh in on today’s top crop of talent. Her answers were…umm…interesting to say the least.
Tuck in below to see how the R&B legend feels about the likes of Alicia Keys, Taylor Swift, and Nicki Minaj. This, of course, came just days after Billboard.com interviewed her and quizzed her similarly. Her comments on Beyonce and co. were…well…just as interesting. See what we mean below.
Bonus: Did you miss Aretha weighing in on Cissy’s now meme-tastic performance on David Letterman? Hear her thoughts on this as well:
Last week brought with it the chart hurricane that has been Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’.
Arriving just one week after it was revealed that no album released this year had achieved Platinum status in the US, the ‘Shake It Off’ led set managed to change that in the space of seven days after selling a whopping 1.2 million copies.
However, a new report by The Guardian has revealed shocking details about the LP’s sales that will be sure to set tongues a’wagging.
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Industry forecasters predicted that country pop diva Taylor Swift‘s new album, ‘1989,’ would soar right to #1 with over a million sold its first week. What they didn’t predict, however, is how far past the 1 million mark the record would scorch.
With official numbers finally tallied, reports have it the album shifted 1.287 million copies its first week and, in turn, etched the singer’s name in history books as the only artist to have three albums sell over 1 million copies in one week.
“…of the top selling albums on the Billboard 200 chart for the week, 1989 sold more than Nos. 2-107 combined.
Or, yet another way to view 1989’s massive bow: It debuts with more copies sold than the combined first-weeks of the last eight No. 1-debuting albums. Note: Swift’s 1989 was briefly on sale for 99 cents during its release week through the Microsoft’s Music Deals app, but those sales were not counted by SoundScan.”
As if that’s not reason enough to celebrate, the album’s lead single, ‘Shake It Off,’ has finally shaken Meghan Trainor‘s ‘All About That Bass’ from the top spot of the Hot 100. This is in addition to the four other songs from ‘1989’ that made a debut in the Hot 100 this week. The five entries put Taylor Swift in second place (behind Aretha Franklin) with most Hot 100 entries by a female ever.
With a #1 single and album simultaneously and five entries in the Hot 100, the question is now: will that Taylor Swift reign ever let up?
Your full chart check below – Hot 100 and Billboard 2o0: