Taylor Swift Is the Biggest ‘Adult Pop’ Radio Star Ever
The "Shake It Off singer makes some big debuts on the charts this week
Taylor Swift really is lightning on her feet. The pop star’s newest rump-rattling single, “Shake It Off,” just broke the record for the highest debut on Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs chart, premiering at No. 9 this week after the 1989 song’s splashy premiere last Tuesday.
Though Swift also ties the standing record on the service’s Pop Songs chart (with a No. 12 debut, totalling 8,326 in pop radio plays alone last week), the song’s success is certainly owed in large part to a deal with radio conglomerate Clear Channel, who programmed many participating stations with the song hourly for the first day and a half after its release.
Sure, it’s gaming the numbers a bit, but with a song as catchy and GIF-able as “Shake,” who are we to complain? Go ahead and celebrate with Taylor a little bit. You know you want to: