Taylor Swift breaks the record for best first-week download sales by a female artist as "Today Was a Fairytale" shifts 325,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan as it set to debut at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart and No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, both to be released tomorrow morning. Ke$ha's "TiK ToK" will remain atop the Hot 100 for a sixth straight week.
"Fairytale," form the upcoming film "Valentine's Day," in which Swift co-stars, gives her the best Hot 100 start of her career and equals her highest peak, established with "You Belong with Me" this past August. Unlike "Fairytale's" quick ascent, "Belong" took 16 weeks to reach the runner-up slot.
Swift claims her first No. 1 on Digital Songs, having previously peaked at No. 2 with a pair of tracks; "You're Not Sorry" (November 2008) and "Jump Then Fall" (November 2009). The only higher sales frame posted by one of her titles occurred during Christmas week 2008 (Jan 10, 2009, chart date) when "Love Story" moved 360,000 downloads.