Taylor Swift’s Red Album Launches With Impressive Sales And Rave Reviews

Red, the fourth studio album from six-time Grammy Award winnerTaylor Swift, was released worldwide just yesterday (October 22nd), and the disc is already notching striking sales numbers and widespread critical acclaim.

Redtopped the all-genre Top Albums chart at iTunes within 36 minutes of release, and first day sales at iTunes alone topped 262,000 albums. Taylor scored 13 of the Top 20 songs on iTunes, with the song “Everything Has Changed” taking the #1 position on the all-genre Top Songs chart.Thus far,Redhas sold 4.5 million song downloads to date at iTunes in the U.S. alone. At Target, Taylor’sSpeak Nowalbum hadthehighest one-week sales in the retailer’s history.Redhas now set the record for Day One sales and is on pace to exceedSpeak Now‘s one week results.

Worldwide,Redreached #1 at iTunes on the first day of release in 32 countries, including the UK,Australia,Singapore,Brazil,Canada,Italy,Hong Kong,Taiwan,Vietnam,Denmark,Venezuela,Thailand, andIreland.

WithRed, Taylor has set a newBillboardrecord — for the most rapid accumulation of 50 Hot 100 hits in history, reaching the milestone just six years and one month after her 2006 chart debut.Aretha Franklinpreviously held the record, with a stretch of just over 14 years and six months, andTaylor is one of only five women in the 54-year history of the chart to reach this milestone(joining Franklin, Madonna,Connie FrancisandDionne Warwick).

Taylor Swift’sRedis also impressive in its widespread critical acclaim, garnering stellar praise from top critics around the globe.

“Taylor Swiftis a turbine of artistic ambition and superstar drama, andRedis a 16-song geyser of willful eclecticism. Her self-discovery project is one of the best stories in pop. When she’s really on, her songs are like tattoos.”Rolling Stone

“The writerJames Dickeyonce described a poet as ‘someone who stands outside in the rain, hoping to be struck by lightning.’ He could’ve been talking aboutTaylor Swift. SublimeRedshould be required listening’We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ is the snarkiest pop kiss-off, like, ever.”–Entertainment Weekly

“Taylor Swift’sRedburns with confidence. [She] seems to have crossed some sort of emotional threshold [to] the assured words and music of a star. There are no bumps onRed. Only clean, perfectly rendered American popular music.”Los Angeles Times

“Taylor Swift’sRedis another winner. What Swift does better than anyone [is] she connects with clear, concise, relatable love songs that are thrown like punches and steeped in everyday details.” The Washington Post

Redputs Swift the artist front and center with big, beefy hooks that transcend her country roots for a genre-spanning record that reaches heights unseen.Redis her most interesting full-length to date, but it probably won’t be when all is said and done in her career.” Billboard

“Fantastic. This is an album she’s spent her entire career building toward.Redis, in every conceivable way, her bid for artistic freedom, not only her most mature and accomplished album, but also her most unapologetic. In short, this is her album, on her terms.the album of her (still young) life.Redmay be the beginning of her golden age, but really, it only sets the stage for things to come. And I’m willing to bet we’ll be amazed by what’s next.”–MTV News

“It’s clear thatRedis another chapter in one of the finest fantasies pop music has ever constructed.” The Guardian (UK)

“Swift seems to know just the right phrase to pull you inside her narratives.” The Observer (UK)

“Swift has grown into one of the sharpest songwriters of her generation. Red is all the proof you need. All in all, color me impressed.” The Sun (Canada)

Taylor is making multiple television appearances this week in support ofRed.Her Times Square Concert this morning was the largest in the history of “Good Morning America,”and tonight she appears on the “Late Show withDavid Letterman” (CBS). Tomorrow (10/24) she will be live on ABC’s “The View,” and on Thursday she will make a special concert appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” On Friday, she will be a guest on ABC’s “Katie” withKatie Couric, and on Friday night she will be featured on ABC’s “All Access Nashville withKatie Couric A Special Edition of 20/20.” Next week, Taylor will perform on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” (Tuesday, October 30th) and also on the “41stAnnual CMA Awards” (November 1ston ABC).

Taylor is featured on the covers of the current issues ofRolling Stone,Glamour, andBillboardmagazines.

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.

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