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Taylor Swift × Red (Taylor’s Version)

Following the long-awaited release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor Swift has yet again made history in the music industry. The ultimate version of her 2012 classic, Red (Taylor’s Version) has become Taylor’s 10th album to move over one million album equivalents during its release week.

Red (Taylor’s Version) consists of an astounding 30 songs, including nine unreleased tracks – “Better Man (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Nothing New (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Phoebe Bridgers], “Babe (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Message in a Bottle (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton], “Forever Winter (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” “Run (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Ed Sheeran], “The Very First Night (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault),” and “All Too Well (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [10 Minute Version].

Red (Taylor’s Version) debuted at #1 in the U.S. and marked the biggest album sales debut in the U.S. with 39k units, and the highest first week sales of any female artist in 2021. Total consumption reached an astonishing 605k units.

Taylor has become the only artist to successfully debut atop the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot 100 for a third time, and in less than 16 months. The new version of “All Too Well” celebrates Taylor’s fourth #1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100. “All Too Well” also became the longest song to enter and reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

After going live, Red (Taylor’s Version) surpassed Spotify’s biggest opening day streams of all-time for a female with over 90 million streams, a record earlier held by Taylor herself. Red (Taylor’s Version) is Taylor’s fifth successive album to surpass 50 million Spotify streams in only 24 hours. The album has accomplished the greatest streaming week of 2021 for an album by a female artist, surpassing 300 million streams.

The album has also attained the leading vinyl album sales week since tracking first began in 1991. Red (Taylor’s Version) topped the past record that was also set by Taylor in 2021 with Evermore. With the release of this album, Taylor has also now locked in the record for fastest accumulation of four #1 albums by a solo artist in history.

To celebrate the release of Red (Taylor’s Version), Taylor wrote and directed the short film All Too Well The Short Film, inspired by the 10-minute-plus song of the same name. The 13-minute film stars Sadie Sink, Dylan O’Brien and Taylor Swift.

Taylor continued to launch a full-scale television takeover appearing on an array of shows. Taylor performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (watch HERE), Late Night With Seth Meyers (watch HERE), Good Morning America (watch HERE) and Saturday Night Live (watch HERE) with a performance of the 10 minute version of “All Too Well.”

Festivity revolving the release continued with the release of the official music video for “I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From The Vault)” [feat. Chris Stapleton]. The filmic release was directed and co-written by Blake Lively and stars actor Miles Teller and Taylor (watch HERE).

H.E.R. Impresses with Live Performances

This past Saturday, H.E.R., the two-time Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician, made her stellar debut on the iconic Saturday Night Live stage with captivating performances of “Damage” and “Hold On.”  The studio versions of both songs are currently available at all digital service providers.

The performances have garnered praise from fans and press alike, including NPR, Entertainment Weekly, Billboard, UPROXX, The Atlantic and Rolling Stone who stated: “For ‘Damage,’ H.E.R. replicated the vibes of the track’s live music video released earlier this week, while the ballad ‘Hold On’ allowed the singer to show off her guitar chops…” H.E.R.’s SNL debut adds to a long impressive list of performances from the dynamic artist, including this year’s Emmy Awards with her beautiful rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” and two consecutive performances on the Grammy Awards in 2019 and 2020.

Tomorrow night, October 27, H.E.R. returns to Jimmy Kimmel Live! to perform “Damage,” followed by the virtual Xfinity Awesome Gig Powered by Pandora on October 29 at 9pm EDT. Fans can RSVP for the free event HERE.

With a brand new full-length album on the horizon, H.E.R. recently became the second artist to score four #1 hits within two years on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart with her latest feature on Lonr’s “Make the Most.” Previous #1 chart-toppers were “Focus” and her collaborations with Skip Marley on “Slow Down” and Daniel Caesar on “Best Part.” The first to achieve this feat was Toni Braxton, who H.E.R. recently collaborated with on Toni’s new single “Gotta Move On.”

Click the links below to watch her SNL performances plus more and stay tuned for more news on the musical prodigy.

SNL Performance of “Damage

SNL Performance of “Hold On

“Damage” Music Video

“Damage” Track

“Hold On” Track

About H.E.R.

In a short period of time, H.E.R. has accrued over 7.5 billion combined audio and streams worldwide (5B in the US) – and counting – of the breakthrough projects H.E.R. (RIAA-certified Platinum), I Used To Know Her, and hit singles including “Slide” featuring YG, the powerful track “I Can’t Breathe” and her latest, “Damage.” Accumulating ten Grammy nominations and two wins in just two years, H.E.R. has proven herself as an R&B force to be reckoned with.  In 2019, the singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album (H.E.R.) and Best R&B Performance (“Best Part” featuring Daniel Caesar) and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist.

H.E.R. has captivated audiences with stellar live performances on Saturday Night Live, Grammy Awards, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince, A BET COVID-19 Relief Effort Special, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 and all the late night television shows – The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late Late Show with James Corden, and Late Night with Seth Meyers. She has also participated in fundraising activities to benefit various charity efforts including COVID relief and Black Lives Matter.

H.E.R. and producer partner Live Nation Urban introduced Lights On Festival, the first female owned and curated R&B festival in decades. While the world was under quarantine due to COVID-19, H.E.R. created “Girls With Guitars,” an Instagram Live performance and conversation series which features guest appearances by Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Willow Smith, Tori Kelly, Alessia Cara, Chloe x Halle, Lianna La Havas, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) and more. In addition to starring in Pepsi’s new “Zero Sugar. Done Right” Super Bowl LIV commercial alongside Missy Elliott, this year saw the launch of her very own eyewear partnership with Diff with a charitable component, Capsule collaboration with Lewis Hamilton and Tommy Hilfiger, and her own signature guitar line with Fender.

Image Credit: NBC/WILL HEATH