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Taylor Swift Scores Biggest Sales Week of the Year with "Shake It Off"; Debuts at #1 on "Billboard" Hot 100

Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Big Machine Records (via ABC News Radio)

Taylor Swift 's "Shake It Off" has shaken up the Billboard Digital Songs chart with a massive debut.

The song, the first single from Taylor's upcoming album, 1989 , has not only debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 , but it tops the digital songs chart with first-week sales of 544,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Soundscan.  That's the biggest sales week for any song this year, and the fourth-biggest debut sales week in history. 

The only songs that started with more downloads in their first weeks are Flo Rida 's " Right Round," with 636,000; Katy Perry 's "Roar," with 557,000; and Taylor's own "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," with 623,000 copies.  That song became Taylor's first #1 on the Hot 100; "Shake It Off" is now her second.

What's more, "Shake It Off" is only the 22nd song in history to debut at #1 on the Hot 100.  Considering that in the chart's 56-year history, there have been 1,038 number-ones total, that's pretty notable.

"Shake It Off" is Taylor's 60th song to chart on the Hot 100.  Only one female artist has racked up more: Aretha Franklin , with 73.

Taylor's reaction to her achievement? She tweeted multiple exclamation mark s while linking to the Billboard article.


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