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Taylor Swift’s new album, “Speak Now,” can be downloaded from amazon.com for $3.99. That’s right: four bucks to get 14 new songs.

Amazon sells the physical CD for eight bucks.

So that’s the main reason that “Speak Now” is heading to a possible first week sales of 1 million copies.

By contrast, ITunes is holding out with old fashioned pricing for “Speak Now.” They’ve got the album download for $13.99 or a whopping $1.29 per track.

Good for them.

Swift is just 20 years old and won a Grammy for Best Album. She’s a country singer, more than pop. Let’s face it. “Speak Now” is a country record. And that’s kind of remarkable, too. But I will say her songs are incredibly well written, very solid, and more deft than any number of so-called pop stars who sample older music, etc. She’s a keeper, and will be with us for a long, long time.

All her lyrics can be found at www.taylorswift.com. Check them out. She’s pretty damned impressive. The best example is in “Dear John,” which clocks in at over 6 minutes and addresses the singer’s “blind optimism.” Whoa.(This is the song about her brief encounter with John Mayer. If so, Taylor gets the Carly Simon Award for best use of personal material for a song.)

“Well maybe it’s me and my blind optimism to blame
Or maybe it’s you and your sick need to give love then take it away
And you’ll add my name to your long list of traitors who don’t understand
And I’ll look back and regret how I ignored when they said
Run as fast as you can.”

Too bad they couldn’t have made the Grammy deadline. Ink in Taylor Swift‘s name for Best Album, 2012.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. You forgot to mention “annoying”…and way overrated by just about everyone. She’s got twice the hype and half the talent of Carrie Underwood…and everyone knows it…I give her two years tops before she faces back into the woodwork for good…

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