Monday, June 24, 2024

Taylor Swift is so “Fearless” That Fans Are Buying the New Album and Streaming the Old One Like Crazy


We do know Taylor Swift is fearless.

She released the re-recorded version of her 2008 album “Fearless” on Friday. In one day she basically sold 80,000 albums on CD and downloads with almost no streaming. Fans rushed to collect the new album.

But whoops! At the same time, the original “Fearless,” which Taylor is trying to bury, sold 37,000 copies anyway. They were almost all from streaming, with very little in the way of downloads or CD sales. The original “Fearless” isn’t even turning up on the iTunes album charts, although Taylor has about five entries there.

She has also has six or seven singles on the iTunes charts, all from the new “Fearless.”

It’s possible those 37,000 streaming equivalent sales of the original album are fans listening to make comparisons between the old and the new versions. We’ll see how the week pans out for both albums.

As for Shamrock Capital, the investment firm that paid between $300 million and $400 million for Taylor’s masters, buying them from Scooter Braun, they can’t be too happy.

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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