Taylor Swift's Career: By the Numbers
The country crossover singer celebrates her 22nd birthday on Dec. 13, having already experienced more professional success than her contemporaries.
"I'm so 22 right now," birthday girl Taylor Swift Tweeted this morning (Dec. 13).
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In honor of her special day, Chart Beat spotlights a host of the chart records that Billboard's 2011 Woman of the Year and the top country artist of the past 12 months has achieved, all since her arrival just more than five years ago.
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HER 'SONG'S: Swift is the only female artist to collect five top 10s from a debut album in the 68-year history of Hot Country Songs.
Here is a look at the Hot Country Songs chart performance of the five singles from Taylor Swift, which entered the Billboard 200 the week of Nov. 11, 2006. The set's 249 weeks on the tally are the most by an album in the 2000s:
Peak Position, Title, Peak Year
No. 6, "Tim McGraw," 2007
No. 2, "Teardrops on My Guitar," 2007
No. 1 (six weeks), "Our Song," 2007-08
No. 3, "Picture to Burn," 2008
No. 1 (two weeks), "Should've Said No," 2007-08
With the six-week reign of "Our Song," Swift joined just four other women who have claimed such lengthy stays on top: Kitty Wells ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels," six weeks, 1952); Connie Smith ("Once a Day," eight, 1964); Faith Hill ("Breathe," six, 2000); and, Carrie Underwood ("Jesus, Take the Wheel," six, 2006).
MORE TO THE 'STORY': Swift followed the unprecedented success of her first album's singles on Hot Country Songs by becoming the first woman to bank five top 10s from each of her first two studio sets.
In the chart's archives, only two other acts have racked five top 10s from each of their first two releases: Brooks & Dunn notched five top 10s each from Brand New Man and Hard Workin' Man (1991-94) and Dixie Chicks hatched five top 10s from their major label debut Wide Open Spaces and six from Fly (1998-2002).
Here is a look at how the five songs promoted to radio from Swift's sophomore album Fearless fared on Hot Country Songs:
Peak Position, Title, Peak Year
No. 1 (two weeks), "Love Story," 2008
No. 2, "White Horse," 2009
No. 1 (two weeks), "You Belong With Me," 2009
No. 7, "Fifteen," 2009
No. 10, "Fearless," 2010
'BACK' AGAIN: The four singles from Swift's third full-length album Speak Now, Billboard's No. 1 country album of 2011, all reached the Hot Country Songs top 10: "Mine" (No. 2), "Back to December" (No. 3), "Mean" (No. 2) and "Sparks Fly" (No. 1, one week).
As all 14 of her promoted (non-seasonal) radio cuts have reached the top bracket, Swift and Carrie Underwood are tied for the best career-opening top 10 streak among women in the chart's archives.
Can her new single, "Ours," push her into the lead? The song, from Swift's Speak Now: World Tour Live CD/DVD, is off to a strong start, zooming 37-28 in its third chart week.
UP WHERE SHE 'BELONG'S: After becoming the first country artist to win a Moonman at the MTV Video Music Awards, Swift likewise broke barriers on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay survey.
On the Oct. 3, 2009, chart, "You Belong With Me" rose 2-1 to become the first country crossover No. 1 since the list adopted Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990.
Previously among country singles, Shania Twain's "You're Still the One" (1998), Faith Hill's "Breathe" (2000) and Swift's own "Love Story" (March 2009) had each peaked as high as No. 2 on Hot 100 Airplay.
'FEARLESS' IS MORE: With 11 weeks logged at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart between November 2008 and March 2009, Fearless is one of just eight albums by women to rule for such a length in the ranking's 55-year history:
Weeks at No. 1, Artist, Title, Peak Year
20, Whitney Houston, "The Bodyguard" soundtrack, 1992
15, Carole King, "Tapestry," 1971
14, Whitney Houston, "Whitney Houston," 1986
13, Adele, "21," 2011
13, Judy Garland, "Judy at Carnegie Hall," 1961
12, Alanis Morissette, "Jagged Little Pill," 1995
11, Taylor Swift, "Fearless," 2008
11, Mariah Carey, "Mariah Carey," 1991
SWIFT STARTS: When "If This Was a Movie" debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 last month, Swift extended her mark for the most top 10 launches in the chart's 52-year ledger.
In October 2010, "Speak Now" (No. 8) and "Back to December" (No. 6) debuted in the top tier in back-to-back weeks, making Swift the first artist ever to begin in the Hot 100's top 10 in consecutive weeks.
Here is a recap of the acts with the most top 10 Hot 100 entrances:
8, Taylor Swift
6, Lil Wayne
5, Mariah Carey
4, the Beatles
4, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana
4, Janet Jackson
4, Lady Gaga
4, Kanye West
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