November 3, 2010

Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album sells 1,047,000 copies in its first week of release, second in country all-time to Garth BrooksDouble Live, which sold 1,085,373 copies in 1998 (the album now ranks third all-time in the country genre behind Brooks and Swift's 2011 release Red, which totaled over 1.2 million in first week sales). It places 9th all genre first weeks sales, with NSync's 2000 album No Strings the all-time leader with an unheard of total of 2.41 million albums sold in its first week of release.

This was Swift's third album, the follow up to 2008's Fearless. Due to strong digital sales, all fourteen songs from the standard edition of the album charted, including five singles released to country radio from the album:"Sparks Fly" (#1), "Back To December" (#3), "Mean" (#2) "Ours" (#1), "Speak Now" (#58).

The song "Innocent" from the album was allegedly written in response to Kanye West's interruption of her acceptance speech at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. She performed the song at the awards show the next year as means of putting the controversy behind her.

Three versions of the album have been released and it has been certified 5x platinum in the U.S. and has sold more than 6 million copies world-wide.

  • 2008

    As Barack Obama wins a historic presidency, Brad Paisley witnesses a frenzied public reaction in New York's Times Square in person. The event inspires him to write "Welcome To The Future"

  • 2004

  • 1998

    Garth Brooks was honored with the Distinguished Achievement Award by the Los Angeles Music Center.

  • 1995

  • #1 On This Date

    SINGLES

    2006 – Dierks Bentley – “Every Mile A Memory

    2000 – John Michael Montgomery – “The Little Girl

    1995 – David Lee Murphy – “Dust On The Bottle

    1989 – George Strait – “Ace In The Hole

    1978 – Barbara Mandrell – “Sleeping Single In A Double Bed

    1972 – Merle Haggard – “It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad)”

    1967 – David Houston – “You Mean The World To Me

    1957 – The Everly Brothers – “Wake Up Little Susie

    1950 – Hank Snow – “I’m Movin’ On

    1944 – Red Foley – “Smoke On The Water

     

    ALBUMS

    2006 – Dierks Bentley – Long Trip Alone

    2000 – Faith Hill – Breathe

    1995 – Tim McGraw – All I Want

    1989 – Randy Travis – No Holdin’ Back

    1978 – Dolly Parton – Heartbreaker

    1972 – Charley Pride – A Sunshiny Day

    1967 – Eddy Arnold – Turn The World Around

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