Taylor Swift Named Billboard‘s Woman of the Year

Taylor Swift has been named Billboard’s Woman of the Year. At 21, Taylor is the youngest artist in history to receive the honor. She will be presented with the award during the 2011 Billboard Women in Music event on December 2 in New York City. “Taylor has shown the power of good songwriting with music [...] Read More

Taylor Swift Sells A Million!

The final numbers are in, and Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” album enjoyed sales of historic proportions during its first week of release. The album sold 1.047 million copies, Billboard reported. It’s an impressive number at any time, but particularly under the circumstances. Album sales are plummeting, and there were doubts in the music industry that anyone would ever sell a million in a week again. It’s only the 16th time it’s happened in history, and the last time was when rapper Lil Wayne hit seven digits with the first-week sales of Tha Carter III. In fact, no one has moved as many albums as Taylor in a debut week since 50 Cent’s The Massacre hit 1.141 million in 2005. And the only country album that ever sold more than “Speak Now” was Garth Brooks’ “Double Live,” which saw 1.085 million units sold in 1998, when Taylor was eight years old. Read More

Sugarland Enjoys an Incredible Moment

“Do it, do it, one time.” Sugarland might sing that line in the current Top 5 hit “Stuck Like Glue,” but the “one time” reference is already out of date — if you want to interpret the “it” they’re singing about as debuting at No. 1 on the country albums charts. The duo’s new release, The Incredible Machine, sold more than 202,000 copies last week following its Oct. 19 release, launching it to No. 1 on the Billboard country albums chart as well as the all-genre Billboard 200. It’s actually the third time Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush have had a No. 1 debut. They also turned that trick with Love On The Inside and last year’s concert album Live On The Inside. Read More

Taylor Swift Now Selling Big

Taylor Swift released her latest album on Monday. And you probably know that, because she’s seemingly been on every television show and in every newspaper and magazine talking about Speak Now or singing songs from the project. All that work is apparently paying off. Billboard is predicting the first-week numbers for the album could possibly go as high as 1 million copies. Right now, the magazine says music-business insiders are expecting it to sell in the neighborhood of 800,000-900,000 copies, which would make it the best start for any release in any genre this year. Eminem’s Recovery album has the best first-week numbers thus far in 2010 after selling 741,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, when it was first released. All of that talk puts Taylor in an awkward position. She’s a 20-year-old recording artist. Her focus is — and should be — creating music, not selling it. But the industry’s been in a big slump for years, and since she’s one of its biggest stars, there’s a lot of pressure being directed at her. Read More