Taylor Swift scores her first number 1 in the UK album charts with 'Red'

Confirmed to switch on the Christmas lights at Westfield London

New single, 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

Six-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift is painting the globe red. ‘RED’, her fourth studio album released worldwide on October 22nd, has notched up striking sales numbers worldwide and widespread critical acclaim, and has secured Taylor her first no. 1 on the official UK album charts with sales of 61,779, (her biggest week 1 sales in the UK to date).

In the UK, ‘RED’ sold more in its first two days than previous albums ‘Fearless’ and ‘Speak Now’ did in their first week, with sales on the first day of release reaching 30,170, over 50% more than any other album in the chart. Meanwhile, Taylor currently has 10 singles in the Official UK Top 200 Singles chart, including 9 from‘RED’.

Worldwide, ‘RED’ reached no. 1 at iTunes on the first day of its release in over 32 countries, and has now reached #1 in 42 countries around the globe, including the UK, US, Australia, Singapore, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Denmark, Venezuela, Thailand, and Ireland.

With ‘RED’ Taylor has also set a new Billboard record – for the most rapid accumulation of 50 Hot 100 hits in history. Taylor is one of only five women in the 54-year history of the chart to reach this milestone (joining Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Connie Francis and Dionne Warwick). ‘RED’ topped the all-genre Top Albums chart at US iTunes within 36 minutes of release, with first day sales of 262,000 on iTunes alone.

Taylor Swift’s ‘RED’ is also impressive in its widespread critical acclaim, garnering stellar praise from top critics around the globe: "It's clear that Red is another chapter in one of the finest fantasies pop music has ever constructed." – The Guardian (UK); “Taylor Swift is a turbine of artistic ambition and superstar drama, and Red is a 16-song geyser of wilful 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 (US); ‘Swift’s bare-all lyrics about her exes are sublime.’ The Sunday Times (UK).

Taylor Swift will be returning to the UK on Tuesday November 6th 2012 to switch on the Christmas Lights at Westfield London, Shepherd’s Bush. Taylor will appear on stage in The Atrium to countdown an expected 10,000 fans to the switch-on of the centre’s show-stopping Christmas lights. After an amazing display of pyrotechnics, snow and lasers Taylor Swift will perform live three of her hit singles, including ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ from her no. 1 album ‘RED’.

Taylor Swift has confirmed that ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’ will be the follow up single to smash hit ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.’. One of the many highlights from ‘RED’, this infectious and witty critical and fan favourite will be released in the UK by Big Machine Label Group & Mercury Records on 10th December. 


Described by The Times as ‘a rare talent’ and Rolling Stone Magazine as ‘one of the few genuine rock stars we’ve got these days’, Taylor Swift is one of the top 5 selling digital music artists worldwide. At only 22 years old, she already has career record sales in excess of 22 million albums and 50 million song downloads. Each of Swift’s three studio albums prior to ‘RED’ has sold in excess of 5 million copies worldwide, and her last album, ‘Speak Now’, is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for being the Fastest Selling Digital Album by a female artist and is one of only 17 albums in the entire history of music to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week.

Named by Time Magazine as one of the most 100 most influential people in the world, Taylor Swift has won over 110 awards including 6 Grammys. In 2010 she became the youngest artist in history to win a Grammy award for ‘Album of The Year’. Two years later, Swift became the youngest Billboard Awards ‘Woman of the Year’ winner in history.

Earlier this year, Taylor wrapped her world tour in support of Speak Now having played 111 shows to more than 1.5 million fans in sold-out stadiums and arenas, (including London’s prestigious O2), in 19 countries and 88 cities spanning four continents, and she has just announced plans to tour in support of RED in 2013. 2012 also saw the release of hit films, ‘Dr Seuss’ The Lorax’, (in which Taylor voiced the character of Audrey), and ‘Hunger Games’ (the soundtrack to which featured two of her songs), in addition to Elizabeth Arden’s European launch of Swift’s own perfume ’Wonderstruck’.

October 29, 2012 12:39pm ET by Mercury Music Group   Comments (0)

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