"The main thing that happened for me with this album was everybody was really scared for me to change up the formula," Swift told songwriting partner Jack Antonoff during a recent MTV News interview about her decision to go pop and leave her country roots behind. "From the way people at my label would see it was, 'Why are you messing with that?' It's our job to mess with that."
So, after tons of meetings where executives at her label tried to convince Swift that she needed to throw a couple token country tunes in there to make sure she didn't alienate her core fanbase and mess up her string of successful, multiplatinum releases, Tay went her own way. "I just felt like that felt very exploitive," she said.
Oh, and guess what? She was 100 percent right. After setting a record last week with her third million-selling chart open in a row thanks to the 1.287 million debut for 1989, Swift will crush it again this week. With gaudy numbers that most artists would kill for in their first week on the charts, Taylor moved another 402,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And that's with a 69 percent drop from week one.
To follow up the best first week of the year and instantly notching the only platinum album from any act in 2014, Swift now owns the best second week on the Billboard 200 of 2014 also. For those of you who aren't 10-year-old college-bound geniuses, that's just under 1.7 million in just two weeks.
It was ladies choice on the Billboard Digital Songs chart, where Tay scored a double. But even with the rage-tastic "Blank Space" video dropping, Tay was knocked down to #2 (164,000), as Meghan Trainor's "All About That Bass" was back at #1 again, as sales shot up by 43 percent to 190,000. Meanwhile, Swift's "Shake It Off" shot back up to #3 thanks to sales of 130,000.
It was also the second-best debut week ever for Selena Gomez, whose "The Heart Wants What It Wants" came in at #6 (120,000).