Taylor Swift already had a chart-topping album that was also the best-selling piece of music in 2009 in Fearless, but it looks like her new album Speak Now will be moving into a whole new world of record breaking over the course of its life. Speak Now sold an astounding one million copies in a single week, easily giving her another chart-topping album and paving the way for her to challenge Eminem for the best-selling album of 2010. With those numbers already in her possession, what sort of accomplishments are next?
Swift may be a huge-selling superstar who already has a bunch of Grammy Awards under her belt, but here are the things she has left to accomplish.
A Place On Top Of The Billboard Hot 100
Swift has already had four singles on top of the U.S. Country chart, but the closest she has come to dominating the Hot 100 was "You Belong With Me" (which peaked at number two). "Mine" topped out at number three, but the success of the album could spell big success for either the title track or "Mean," both of which were flirting with the upper echelon of the Hot 100 last wee.
Fearless has sold six million copies since its 2008 release, and its sales life is hardly over. But Speak Now could push well beyond that to 10 million copies and join rare company like fellow crossover star Shania Twain.
Break Jay-Z's Record For Consecutive Chart-Topping Albums
Unless she becomes blindingly prolific, this is a long-term goal. But with two chart-topper in a row and only 20 years of life behind her, it's quite possible that Swift could eventually be the one who topples Jay-Z's astounding record of 11 chart-topping albums by a solo artist. (She'll need even longer to take on the Beatles and their 19 number ones).
52 Weeks On Top
Garth Brooks has more cumulative weeks at the top of the Billboard albums chart than any other country artist. So far, Swift has 12 total weeks in that spot (11 for Fearless, one and counting for Speak Now), which means she already has some momentum.
Cy Young's 511 Career Wins
The fact that Swift is a musician and not a baseball pitcher could get in the way of her besting this record (considered the most untouchable record in all of sports), but as Swift has continuously proven, anything is possible.