Taylor Swift Breaks Country Songs Record

Swift on location for "Trouble," shot in Los Angeles by director Anthony Mandler. The song was written by Swift, Max Martin and Shellback. Her costar in the video is Reeve Carney, currently playing Peter Parker in the Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark."

Taylor Swift’s “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is in its ninth consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Songs chart. This sets a record for the most weeks at No. 1 on that chart by a female solo artist, surpassing Connie Smith’s eight-week run with “Once A Day” in 1964. “Never Ever” has sold more than 2.6 million downloads in the U.S.

About two months ago, Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method “from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid.” The chart was previously known as Hot Country Singles, based on radio airplay reports and single sales.

In more Swift chart news, her songs “I Knew You Were Trouble” and “State Of Grace” appear on the all-genre list of top selling digital tracks, but are not being counted on the Soundscan Digital Genre Country tracks chart, where her music typically charts.

MTV will world premiere Swift’s 23rd music video, the clip for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” at 4:40 p.m. ET on Thurs., Dec. 13, the singer’s 23rd birthday.


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