Taylor Swift: By-The-Numbers
Upon the release of Taylor Swift's third studio album, "Speak Now," Chart Beat looks at the numerous records that the star country singer/songwriter/producer has already set since her arrival just more than four years ago.
Swift first graced a Billboard tally when her debut single, "Tim McGraw," debuted at the anchor position (No. 60) on the Country Songs chart dated July 1, 2006.
HER 'SONG'S: Swift is the only female artist to collect five top 10s from a debut album in the 56-year history of Country Songs.
Here is a look at the Country Songs chart performance of the five singles from "Taylor Swift":
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 Country Songs with an additional five top 10s from her second studio set, "Fearless."
In the chart's archives, only two other acts have banked 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 "Fearless" fared on 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
UP WHERE SHE 'BELONG'S: After becoming the first country artist to win a Moonman at the MTV Video Music Awards last year (Johnny Cash's "Hurt" was honored for Jean-Yves Escoffier's cinematography in 2003), Swift likewise broke barriers on Billboard's Radio Songs survey.
On the Oct. 3, 2009, chart, "You Belong With Me" rose 2-1 to become the first country crossover No. 1 since the radio airplay 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 Radio Songs.
'FEARLESS' PEERLESS: With 11 weeks logged at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart between November 2008 and March 2009, "Fearless" boasts the longest command for an album by a female artist in the 2000s.
In the Billboard 200's 54-year history, the set is one of just seven albums by women to rule for 11 weeks or more:
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, 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 the title cut from "Speak Now" debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 two weeks ago, Swift rewrote the mark for most top 10 launches in the chart's 52-year ledger.
The song became Swift's sixth title to arrive in the Hot 100's top tier, eclipsing Mariah Carey's career sum, tallied between 1995 and 1998. Previously ahead of the release of "Speak Now," focus track "Mine" premiered at No. 3 in August.
Last week, Swift padded her lead with the No. 6 bow of "Back to December." The debut made 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:
7, Taylor Swift
5, Mariah Carey
4, the Beatles
4, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana
4, Janet Jackson
4, Kanye West
Swift is likely to add an eighth such strong start when the Hot 100 is refreshed Thursday (Oct. 28), as "Mean," the final preview track from "Speak Now," is expected to open in the top 10.
The following week, Swift will add more accolades to her already impressive Billboard chart history with the arrival of "Speak Now" on the Billboard 200 and Country Albums.
Additional reporting by Silvio Pietroluongo, Wade Jessen and Keith Caulfield.