The stats don't lie. Taylor Swift is killin' the game with her mega hit album, 1989
,and for the third week in a row she'll be sitting pretty in the number one seat of the Billboard's
albums and singles charts. Last night it was announced that her song "Blank Space" jumped 12 spots to take #1 from "Shake It Off" making Taylor the first solo female artist (and the tenth artist of any kind) in Hot 100 history to replace herself! Queen T also stakes her claim atop the Billboard
200 chart as she continues to sell well over 2 mil records in the album's third week. That's insane! No other artist has even sold 1 million this year.
But before she gets too comfortable in album sales heaven, Taylor might need to reevaluate old school strategy as the magazine announces a major overhaul in chart-tabulating formula. Since its introduction, the Billboard
200 has been determined strictly by album sales alone, which appears to have been Taylor's main objective—get fans to buy the full album—but starting next month, chart placement will be determined by album sales, individual song sales, AND
streaming numbers as measured by services likes Google Play, Beats Music, and ouch! Spotify
which Taylor has so publicly removed herself from. Doesn't seem like such a "grand experiment"
now does it, TayTay?
The new methodology will equate ten digital track sales and 1,500 album streams to one album sale. As Taylor already has an astronomical amount of album sales, I seriously doubt this change will have much of an effect on 1989
, but she should maybe consider coming back to Spotify before her next musical endeavor to hold onto her musical heavy-weight belt.