Taylor Swift has once again entered the history books, this time as the first country music artist ever to score two #1 records in the same calendar year at Top 40 radio.
This week the 19-year-old secured the top spot on the CHR (contemporary hits radio) charts for a record-breaking second time this year with her latest song "You Belong With Me." It's the same song for which Swift received a Moonman trophy at last week's MTV VMA Awards for Best Female Video, making her the first country artist ever to win a Video Music Award in the history of the annual event.
"You Belong With Me", which reached a radio audience of 112 million listeners last week alone, is Swift's second consecutive #1 at Top 40, was also her fourth consecutive #1single on the Country Radio charts.
Swift records for Nashville-based Big Machine Records which has a unique partnership with Universal Republic which spearheaded the non-country radio and video promotion efforts for Swift beginning at the end of 2007, implementing a crossover strategy that rocked the record books earlier this year.
The first song from Swift's sophomore cd Fearless, "Love Story," became the first ever country
crossover recording to hit #1 on the Top 40 Radio format in the almost-two decade history of the radio platform according to Mediabase. Shania Twain's 1997 hit "You're Still The One" set the previous crossover high-water mark when it peaked at number two on the CHR chart.
The biggest selling artist of 2008 in any genre, Swift was the first artist in the history of SoundScan to have two different albums in the Top Ten of the Year-end album chart (her 2006 debut Taylor Swift and 2008's Fearless). Fearless spent more time at #1 than any other album since 2000.
"Love Story" has become the most downloaded song in country music history, with Fearless opening in November 2008 in the #1 position atop both the country and all-genre sales charts. Taylor's total digital download tally stands at 20 million worldwide, with "Love Story" soaring past the one million mark and both "Teardrops On My Guitar" and "Our Song" surpassing 500,000 in sales, making her one of the most successful digital artists of all time.
Swift's MySpace site now totals more than 250 million music streams, one of the Top Ten most visited MySpace sites in online history. She is continually the most searched music artist on MySpace and in the digital realm and has an active group of "followers" on her Twitter.com page.
Swift has sold over 10 million albums worldwide, and thanks to the trailblazing path of Fearless, released in November 2008, with over 4 million in sales to date in the U.S. alone, Swift also became the first female artist of any genre in 13 years to hold down the #1 position for two months running. Fearless now has Gold and Platinum sales certifications in fourteen countries spanning five continents. Voted 2009 Album of the Year by the Academy of Country Music, Fearless also has spent more weeks in the #1 position atop Billboard's Top 200 all-genre CD sales chart than any other album this decade. Swift currently holds the Billboard all-genre record for most Top 20 debuts in a calendar
Her first-ever headlining tour, the TAYLOR SWIFT FEARLESS 2009 TOUR, is the hottest ticket on the market, with capacity crowds packing arenas around the globe. This summer Swift sold out a show at Madison Square Garden in one minute, and one at Los Angeles' STAPLES center in just two minutes.
Big Machine Records will release the Fearless Platinum Edition, including special DVD/CD bonus features and several new songs on October 27, 2009.
Most recently, the superstar was even named to People Magazine's 2009 Best Dressed List and was the center of controversy when Kanye West interrupted her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Watch Taylor Swift perform "You Belong With Me" during the 2009 CMT Video Awards:
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