Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ on track to sell 1 million in first week



By Amanda Powell

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Taylor Swift’s new album, ”Red,” has been making a lot of waves in the music world since its release on Oct. 22.

This month Swift has posed on the covers of Glamour and Rolling Stone magazines, released videos for two of the tracks on her album and announced her tour dates.

To top it off, “Red” “is on track to sell more than 1 million copies in its first week in U.S. stores — the first album to do so since Swift’s “Speak Now” came out in 2010, according to Ethan Smith of The Wall Street Journal.

According to Billboard.com, Swift continued promotion with a radio program in the Pinnacle Building in Nashville where she had a daylong discussion about her record. Multiple radio stations picked up the program, including stations outside of the U.S.

According to Chuck Dauphin of Billboard.com, “The label invited a cross-section of the stations that have supported the singer and her music. ‘I would say it’s about 60 percent country radio, 20 percent top 40 or hot AC, and 20 percent international. We’ve got Germany, Spain, Mexico, and two from South Africa. We also had New Zealand, and a couple of phone interviews from India, so we’re trying to reach everywhere we can,’ he (John Zarling, Big Machine vice president for promotion and media strategy) said.”

It’s evident on the new album that Swift isn’t strictly country music anymore. Her songs have a slight indie vibe, which will lure in a wider audience.

But this album isn’t the first sign of her genre mixing. She was recently featured in B.O.B.’s “Both Of Us” and had two tracks on the Hunger Games soundtrack, “Eyes Open” and “Safe and Sound.” She partnered with The Civil Wars for “Safe and Sound.”

So what’s next on her agenda? On Thursday Swift will attend the CMA awards, and on Nov. 11 VH1’s “Storytellers” will air.

According to VH1.com, “ ‘Storytellers’ is a VH1 original series in which a singer/songwriter performs and tells stories in front of an intimate audience about their life in the industry, writing lyrics, playing with other musicians and their career.”

She’ll also attend the MTV Europe Music Awards on Nov. 11, and on Nov. 29 she’ll be at the Aria Awards in Sydney, Australia.

“It can be exhausting when you’re jet-lagged from one batch of international travel, and then you pick up and head out on the next run, but that’s what I asked for. I wanted to go to Brazil and to Australia and to Europe, and the travel is worth it when you hear people with British accents singing your music, and you hear people who speak only Portuguese knowing every word to your songs. It’s just an amazing feeling,” Swift said when Newsdesk asked how she’s keeping up with her busy itinerary.

There are definitely no signs of Swift’s lifestyle slowing down. And there will no doubt be news every day as her album climbs the charts and her tour begins to sell out across the country.