Taylor Swift Kicks Off Pop Domination With No. 1 ‘Shake it Off’
Taylor Swift’s latest single “Shake It Off” is off to a strong start, despite the controversy surrounding its debut. The lead song off Swift’s upcoming first official pop album, 1989, has rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, ending MAGIC!’s six-week streak at the top.
The country-turned-pop singer announced her next album and latest single earlier this month during a Yahoo! live stream. During the same session, she also unveiled the coinciding music video for “Shake It Off,” which spurred accusations of cultural appropriation and gained a lot media attention in recent days. But it seems any negative attention hasn’t done any damage to the song’s sales. Per Billboard, the song arrives with 554,000 first-week downloads sold in the week ending August 24, making it the greatest weekly total this year.
This marks Swift’s second No. 1 on the Hot 100. Her first, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” was also the first single off her last album, Red. It remained at the top of the charts for three weeks. “Shake” is also Swift’s seventh No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart, which ties her with Britney Spears for the fourth-most top digital songs, following Rihanna (with 13), Katy Perry (with 10), and Eminem (with nine).
The single has gotten off to a record-breaking start at radio as well. It debuted at No. 9 on Billboard’s Adult pop songs radio airplay chart, making it the highest debut in history. It also soared to No. 12 on the Pop Songs chart, tying Mariah Carey’s 1993 hit “Dreamlover” for the best ever launch.