Taylor Swift performs at the 2014 VMAs

Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. 

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A look at chart feats that could await Swift tomorrow. Plus, women are dominating the Digital Songs chart

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Hi Gary,

Reviewing some stats, I found three fun things that can happen on this week's Billboard Hot 100 regarding Taylor Swift and her new hit, "Shake It Off":

If she debuts at No. 1, fittingly it will be song number 22 to debut at the pole position.

Swift would also become the second Taylor to debut at the top, following Taylor Hicks in 2006. He started at the summit with "Do I Make You Proud" after he won American Idol.

And, her latest song would be the second No. 1 debut in-a-row containing the word "shake." Remember Baauer's "Harlem Shake" last year?


Luis Manuel Acosta
Barcelona, Spain

Hi Luis,

Fun stuff! And, it's certainly looking like "Shake" will start at No. 1 on the Hot 100. As reported yesterday, the song launches as the first to debut in the top 10 (at No. 9) on the Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart, while tying Mariah Carey's 21-year-old record with a No. 12 launch on the Pop Songs chart.

I love the "22" tie-in, referencing her hit from last year.

Taylor Hicks made his first Billboard chart appearance on June 10, 2006, fresh off his Idol win. Who would've guessed that that other new Taylor, a then-16-year-old country newcomer, would go on to such immensely greater heights than the champion of TV's top show at the time when she made her chart debut three weeks later?

Oh, and three other Taylors have topped the Hot 100 (although not with songs that debuted at No. 1): James Taylor's "You've Got a Friend" crowned the July 31, 1971, chart; on April 3, 1976, Johnnie Taylor's "Disco Lady" began a four-week reign; and, 14 years later, on April 7, 1990, Taylor Dayne reached No. 1 with "Love Will Lead You Back." The latter diva remained the only female Taylor to rule until Swift's only No. 1 so far, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," hit the top on Sept. 1, 2012.

As for Baauer, it was only a year ago that his hit ignited a viral craze and spent its first five weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Swift's new album is named 1989, titled in part since she was born Dec. 13 that year. Baauer wouldn't be out of place calling his next album 1989: he was born that April 30.

Taylor Swift Aiming For No. 1 On Hot 100 With 'Shake It Off'

We'll find out tomorrow if "Shake" shakes its way to No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Based on monitoring radio last Monday, Swift's song already feels omnipresent. In fact, hearing it on Z100 here in New York at the top of each hour that night made it seem that Clear Channel's tradition of playing selected new hits hourly might not be enough. In an on-demand age, perhaps a song as buzz-worthy as "Shake" could merit plays every half-hour, or even several times in a row upon its release. Then again, I'm a binge-listener, having played my new favorite song, Camera Obscura's "Break It to Me Gently," on-repeat, obsessively, and at the expense of all other songs, on a long walk last weekend. But, in a time when we binge-watch TV shows, i.e., Orange Is the New Black on Netflix, or the current Simpsons marathon on FXX, maybe such a new strategy wouldn't sound like overkill on radio.

Speaking of The Simpsons, the show and Swift's new song are possibly the two most prominent stories in entertainment right now. How else are they tied together? Again, Swift was born Dec. 13, 1989. The Simpsons was born (as its own series) on Fox … four days later.

Mmm … coincidences …