There’s nothing subtle about it: Taylor Swift simply owns the Billboard
country songs chart this week, partly because of sweeping changes just made in the trade magazine’s chart methodology.
of reflecting radio airplay only, Billboard‘s country songs chart now also incorporates digital download sales (tracked
by Nielsen SoundScan) and streaming data (from Spotify and others) to determine the weekly chart. One effect of the switch
has been to slice the number of songs listed from 60 to 50.
Not only has Swift’s infectious “We Are Never Ever Getting
Back Together” reached No. 1 after a brief eight-week sprint, her “Red” also debuts at a nose-bleedingly high No. 2 and her
“Ronan” comes on at a very healthy No. 34.
And there’s one more of her sky-bound songs to note. Her “Begin Again,”
which came aboard last week at No. 37, is now at No. 10.