Home Celebrity Taylor Swift Has 19 of the Top 40 Singles on iTunes Today

Holy moley. Taylor Swift, 22, has achieved some kind of modern chart record. She has 19 of the top 40 singles on iTunes right now at 4pm Eastern. She also the number 1 album since midnight, “Red.” All of those 19 songs are from “Red,” which only has 16 tracks. But three of them can be downloaded under different codes, thus the extra hits.

What seems like it’s happening: A lot of people are cherry picking downloadable tracks from “Red” instead of buying the whole album. Five of the tracks were already singles. On the iTunes comments page, many fans are complaining that they don’t want to buy the same songs twice. They don’t have to, of course–they can just get the tracks they want. “We Will Never Ever Get Back Together” already sold over 600,000 downloads, so those people are probably not buying it again.

Ultimately, it’s great for iTunes and the record company, Big Machine/UMG. “Red” is selling on iTunes for $14.99, full price. The individual tracks sell for $1.29. Fans are really having to fork over the bucks for “Red” today either way. They don’t seem to mind.


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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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