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Swift soars to No. 1 on the Artist 100 with a gigantic 807 percent surge in overall points, and with digital song sales the biggest driver (67 percent) of her total weekly activity. Leading the way: 544,000 downloads sold for “Shake” in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, marking the biggest weekly total for a song this year. In addition to the Hot 100, the track also launches at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart.
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Of all the theories about why the record industry is collapsing – piracy, iTunes, bumbling digital rights management – has anyone considered the real reason is that Taylor Swift took over? Aside from her new single, “Shake It Off,” sales news remains bad: Albums are still down 15 percent, and singles are down 13 percent. It’s a trend that has lasted all year.
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