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Jan 3, 2013

Taylor Swift Leads Record Breaking Digital Sales Week

55.74 Million Total Digital Songs Sold Last Week; Swift’s ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ Was No. 1 With 582,000 Sold

A record-breaking 55.74 million digital songs were sold last week (ending Dec. 30) — the single-largest week for download song sales ever according to Nielsen SoundScan. It beats the previous record of 47.73 million sold during the week ending Dec. 28, 2008.

Leading the charge at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart this week is Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which returns to the top (up one slot) with 582,000 sold (up 163%). That is the fourth-largest sales week ever for a song, and the second-biggest for a tune that wasn’t in its debut frame.

Flo Rida’s “Right Round” continues to hold the all-time one-week digital sales record, when it debuted with 636,000 on the chart dated Feb. 28, 2009. Swift’s own “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is second with 623,000 (a debut on Sept. 1, 2012). Ke$ha’s “TiK ToK” is third with 610,000 sold over the Christmas frame of 2009 (reflected in the chart dated Jan. 2, 2010). “TiK Tok” had debuted in October of 2009.

“I Knew You Were Trouble” is one of seven songs to sell more than 300,000 downloads last week. Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” is pushed down to No. 2, despite a 120% sales increase. It sold 497,000.

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