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.


Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is 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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