Monday, April 15, 2024

Taylor Swift “Folklore” Album Sales Soaring: 180K in 2 Days, Plus Top 16 of 17 Streaming Songs on Chart


Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” is going to be the stuff of… folklore!

The album dropped on Thursday night without any notice. But it was long in the planning stages. The work has paid off.

First of all, the total sales (streaming plus downloads) comes to 180,000 for Friday and Saturday. That’s pretty wild.

But then, according to Buzz Angle/Alpha Data, Swift has the top 16 out of 17 streaming tracks on their charts. The pictures are below. It’s like she’s playing pinball and the ball is just trapped at the top of the table, hitting award lights back and forth without stopping.

Interesting to note that Swift chose “Cardigan” for a video and also as a merchandising hook. That’s not the most popular song. Or the one getting attention. “The 1” has jumped out as the top track. And “Betty” is getting a lot of press because some people think it’s a same sex love song using the names of Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds’ kids. If Swift is smart she’ll never explain it, a la “You’re So Vain.”

It’s a Taylor Swift summer. And that’s not a bummer! And still no CD’s!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
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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