‘MusicRow’ No. 1 Song

Taylor Swift at Nashville's Sept. 21 'Red Tour' stop.

Taylor Swift at Nashville’s Sept. 21 ‘Red Tour’ stop.

It took one superstar, 11 band members and 15 dancers nearly one year and 60 stops on Taylor Swift‘s North American Red Tour to place the track by that same title at the No. 1 spot on our MusicRow Chart. Ok, that may be somewhat misleading – a record label’s radio promotion team has much to do with it. But in all seriousness, Swift’s self-penned single, “Red,” hit our chart only 18 weeks ago as the fifth radio single and title track from Swift’s Big Machine Records release.

Like the Dann Huff, Nathan Chapman and Swift-produced “Red,” eight additional tracks (11 on the deluxe) were self-penned by the muse. Every other song on Red was still a co-write for Swift, who was recently honored by NSAI. The songwriting trophy, bestowed upon the 23-year-old singer for the sixth time, will be displayed in the Taylor Swift Education Center in the Country Music Hall of Fame, which she opened Saturday morning (Oct. 12).

To date, Red has sold over 6 million copies worldwide, which Swift will begin capitalizing on next month with the beginning of her international Red Tour. Stops are planned Down Under, beginning Nov. 29 in Auckland, New Zealand and will continue through in 2014 with five bookings at London’s O2 arena.

Not only is Swift writing and performing songs these days, she’s taken merchandise branding by storm with this Big Machine Records release. She carries a shoe collection (Keds), a Diet Coke sponsorship (complete with her own can), and a perfume (Elizabeth Arden), in addition to recent campaigns with Cover Girl, Sony, American Greetings, Papa John’s, and Target.

There seems to be no stopping Taylor’s achievements. In a release by the label, Swift recently commented about her upcoming songwriting and album plans. “I really like to take two years to write a record, and I’ve been writing for the last year. This is the year that it goes into overdrive, and it’s all I think about.”

If you want evidence of the legacy she’s leaving behind, catch a glimpse of the “Red” music video below, or watch footage of the special guests Swift brought on stage for her final North American shows in Nashville, Sept 19-21.

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Eric T. Parker oversees operations and contributes editorial for MusicRow's print magazine, MusicRow.com, the RowFax tip sheet and the MusicRow CountryBreakout chart. He also facilitates annual events for the enterprise, including MusicRow Awards, CountryBreakout Awards and the Rising Women on the Row. [email protected] @EricTParker

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