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Swift’s ‘Red’ sells 1.2 million

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 15:11

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Courtesy of Alex Quattlebaum

America’s sweetheart country artist Taylor Swift has topped the music charts with her fourth studio album, “Red.”  Swift’s country-pop twist album was released Oct. 22.  The 22-year-old singer’s new album sold 1.2 million copies in the U.S. alone in its first week.  
Taylor Swift holds the record of the first woman to reach the 1 million mark twice, consecutively at that.  Her third studio album, “Speak Now,” was the first album to reach the 1 million mark with a total of 1.04 million copies.  
“Red” sold a skyrocketing 1.2 million copies.  Her first million plus record debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart in 2010.  “Red,” recorded on Big Machine Records, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and the Country Albums chart.

Swift’s record breaking success comes at no surprise.  Ever since the artist released her first debut single “Tim McGraw” in 2006, the singer has risen to stardom.  From taking home five American Music Awards to an MTV Video Music Award – which Kanye West stole the spotlight from with his “Beyonce had the greatest music video of all time” comment – Taylor Swift has had nothing but success.

The album incorporates a combination of different genres.  The music flows from country to pop to rock, and even a little dubstep on the song “I Knew You Were Trouble.”

Swift collaborated with artists like Ed Sheeran on the song “Everything Has Changed” and Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol on the single, “The Last Time.”  Her leading single is “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which was performed at the VMA awards this year.

The first song on the album, “State Of Grace,” starts off with a rock rhythm.  The edgy beat continues with the next single, “Red,” which is the title song of the album.  
“I called it (the album) that because of the tumultuous, crazy adventures in love and loss that it chronicles. In retrospect, it all looks red,” Swift said.

Swift slows it down later in the album to the country-pop beat fans are used to listening to.  “Treacherous” speaks about an unhealthy relationship, yet as she says “…I like it.”  In the single, “22,” Swift sings about feeling 22.  This party song is about forgetting about all the worries, flirting and having fun.

The single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” which is speculated to be about actor Jake Gyllenhaal, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Songs charts.  Swift’s break-up song is about an on and off relationship.  Swift has clearly set it in stone that she and her ex are “…never ever, ever, ever getting back together like ever.”

On November 1, Swift performed her last single on the “Red” album, “Begin Again,” live from Nashville, Tenn. for the 46th Annual CMA Awards.  The singer delivered a heart-felt performance, which received a standing ovation.

The six-time Grammy Award winner is scheduled to have “The Red Tour” in 2013 from March to September. Next month, Swift will co-host the “Grammy Nominations Concert Live: Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night” with LL Cool J at the Bridgestone Area in Nashville, Tenn., and it will air Wednesday, Dec. 5 on CBS.


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