Taylor Swift Proves Her Staying Power


Taylor Swift photo courtesy of Big Machine Records

August 23, 2007 — Taylor Swift's self-titled debut disc remains atop the Billboard country album chart for a fifth big week.

With that feat, Taylor becomes the only country artist in 2007 to spend five consecutive weeks at No. 1, putting her in the company of superstars Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and the Dixie Chicks, all of whom logged five or more consecutive weeks at the top in 2006.

The album reached the top of the country sales chart in its 39th week in stores, an achievement reminiscent of the Dixie Chicks' 51-week climb to No. 1 in 1999 with their debut CD, Wide Open Spaces.

Earlier this summer Taylor secured her place in country music history as the only female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut. The album has also passed the 23 million mark for music streams on her MySpace page.

The third single from the album, "Our Song," will ship to radio next week. "I'm so glad this song is a single," Taylor says. "When we were picking songs for the album, I stood by this one and made sure it got recorded. I just knew there was something about it."

Taylor says she's especially excited about the song because she wrote it by herself without any co-writers. "Like 'Tim McGraw,' the song was finished in like 20 minutes," she says. "I wrote it about this guy I was dating, and how we didn't have a song. So I went ahead and wrote us one. I think there's just some sort of magic in the way the track sounds like it's bouncing, almost!"