Superstar extends her mark for the most Hot 100 top 10 debuts.
Taylor Swift pads her lead for the most top 10 debuts in the Billboard Hot 100's 54-year history, as "Begin Again" launches at No. 7. The song, which starts atop Hot Digital Songs with 299,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, is her record-extending ninth to arrive in the Hot 100's top tier. ("Begin Again" also bows at No. 37 on Hot Country Songs with 3 million in first-week audience, according to Nielsen BDS.)
"Begin Again" is the second preview single from Swift's fourth studio album, "Red", due Oct. 22. First track "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" became her first Hot 100 No. 1, blasting 72-1 the week of Sept. 1 and reigning for three nonconsecutive frames. Next week, Swift should log another lofty Hot 100 debut with the album's title track.
Swift made her highest-ranking Hot 100 start with "Today Was a Fairytale," which opened at No. 2 the week of Feb. 6, 2010. "Mine" marked her next-best positional bow, soaring in at No. 3 the week of Aug. 21, 2010. The latter song served as the lead single from her last studio album, "Speak Now".