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    The album is a "pop masterclass" -- the reviews are in. Surprised? It became the best selling album in 2017 in one hour. On iTunes alone 800,000 copies in one hour. No artist has ever had four consecutive albums sell 1 million copies. Heck, no artist has ever had that happen with three albums. Taylor is Secretariat pulling away from everyone else at the Belmont Stakes. She's the surest cultural bet we've got. And has been for years. Enjoy her continued reign, folks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old_gregg View Post
    currently waiting in line at borders for my copy
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    Upon rejecting the Beatles, Dick Rowe told Brian Epstein of the January 1, 1962 audition for Decca, which signed Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    The album is a "pop masterclass" -- the reviews are in. Surprised? It became the best selling album in 2017 in one hour. On iTunes alone 800,000 copies in one hour. No artist has ever had four consecutive albums sell 1 million copies. Heck, no artist has ever had that happen with three albums. Taylor is Secretariat pulling away from everyone else at the Belmont Stakes. She's the surest cultural bet we've got. And has been for years. Enjoy her continued reign, folks.
    Did you just compare her to a horse?

    Are you claiming that no one else like, say, the Beatles, had 4 consecutive albums sell over a million copies? I doubt thats correct.
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Did you just compare her to a horse?

    Are you claiming that no one else like, say, the Beatles, didnt have 4 consecutive albums sell over a million copies? I doubt thats correct.
    Were it not for some middle-aged men here and on Facebook that are obsessed with such things, I would have had no idea Ms. Swift dropped another album. Swift has dropped off both my 12- and 14-yo girl's radars. Sad!

    Anecdotally, the kids are out of school today and have been assigned some jobs around the yard to do. When my wife discovered that not much progress has been made, I was assigned to collect their phones to remove the distraction and (in theory) get them back on task. When I requested my 14-yo's phone she bemoaned that she was only using it to listen to music. I took a look at the device to see if she really was just using it for music (she was) and discovered she was listening to the Beatles Abbey Road album. I let her keep the phone. I still have some influence on her, thank God. #winning
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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter Sobchak View Post
    Were it not for some middle-aged men here and on Facebook that are obsessed with such things, I would have had no idea Ms. Swift dropped another album. Swift has dropped off both my 12- and 14-yo girl's radars. Sad!

    Anecdotally, the kids are out of school today and have been assigned some jobs around the yard to do. When my wife discovered that not much progress has been made, I was assigned to collect their phones to remove the distraction and (in theory) get them back on task. When I requested my 14-yo's phone she bemoaned that she was only using it to listen to music. I took a look at the device to see if she really was just using it for music (she was) and discovered she was listening to the Beatles Abbey Road album. I let her keep the phone. I still have some influence on her, thank God. #winning
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Did you just compare her to a horse?

    Are you claiming that no one else like, say, the Beatles, didnt have 4 consecutive albums sell over a million copies? I doubt thats correct.
    She is comparable to rear end of the horse.
    "Guitar groups are on their way out, Mr Epstein."

    Upon rejecting the Beatles, Dick Rowe told Brian Epstein of the January 1, 1962 audition for Decca, which signed Brian Poole and the Tremeloes instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Did you just compare her to a horse?

    Are you claiming that no one else like, say, the Beatles, had 4 consecutive albums sell over a million copies? I doubt thats correct.
    https://www.spin.com/2014/11/taylor-...es-first-week/

    And perhaps most impressively, 1989’s opening bow makes Taylor the only artist in Soundscan history to move a million in a first week three separate times — let alone to do it three times in a row, with bigger numbers earch time.

    It’s hard to put the singer/songwriter’s commercial accomplishments in proper perspective, but think of it this way: Remember around the turn of the century, when Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were breaking previously unbeatable single-season home-run records with disturbing regularity? And since then, how with the end of the steroid era and with changes in pitching rules and a whole bunch of other stuff, the home-run totals have sloped precipitously downward? Well, Taylor Swift is coming around and still smacking 65-70 dingers a year, in a time when nobody else can even break 40. She might need to be the first artist ever investigated for chart-performance-enhancing drugs.

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    The first in Soundscan history!! Thats very impressive given that Sound scan has been around for, what, maybe ten years? Maybe? Any updated article there, btw?

    But I know you're very excited about Swifty, so please enjoy yourself. My daughter was just like you...when she was 12.

    edit: I looked. Soundscan has been around since 1991. Woo-hoo!
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    What the hell is your problem, man?
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    Levin, ignore these haters!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Levin, ignore these haters!
    Haters? Not me. I think she is fine, although it is odd a man Levin's age would get so excited about it. I just dont think she is all that and a bag of chips, musically speaking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by New Mexican Disaster View Post
    What the hell is your problem?
    Levin might suffer from Judge Moore Syndrome, as he was fixated on Britney Speers when she first started performing.
    "Guitar groups are on their way out, Mr Epstein."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    https://www.spin.com/2014/11/taylor-...es-first-week/And perhaps most impressively, 1989’s opening bow makes Taylor the only artist in Soundscan history to move a million in a first week three separate times — let alone to do it three times in a row, with bigger numbers earch time.

    It’s hard to put the singer/songwriter’s commercial accomplishments in proper perspective, but think of it this way: Remember around the turn of the century, when Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa were breaking previously unbeatable single-season home-run records with disturbing regularity? And since then, how with the end of the steroid era and with changes in pitching rules and a whole bunch of other stuff, the home-run totals have sloped precipitously downward? Well, Taylor Swift is coming around and still smacking 65-70 dingers a year, in a time when nobody else can even break 40. She might need to be the first artist ever investigated for chart-performance-enhancing drugs.
    T Swift is juicing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Levin, ignore these haters!
    Missed opportunity, use this as a learning experience and be better in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Did you just compare her to a horse?

    Are you claiming that no one else like, say, the Beatles, had 4 consecutive albums sell over a million copies? I doubt thats correct.
    According to the website below, as of January 2009, the Beatles only had 19 consecutive albums sell over a million copies each in the United States. Only 23 of their albums sold over a million each in the US. Not sure how many of their total albums were over a million worldwide.

    https://www.beatlesbible.com/features/riaa/
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    Quote Originally Posted by creekster View Post
    Haters? Not me. I think she is fine, although it is odd a man Levin's age would get so excited about it. I just dont think she is all that and a bag of chips, musically speaking.
    I think you are stuck on a previous image of T-Swifty, back when she herself was a late teens/early 20s artist that catered to 10-16 year old audiences. She's not that anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    According to the website below, as of January 2009, the Beatles only had 19 consecutive albums sell over a million copies each in the United States. Only 23 of their albums sold over a million each in the US. Not sure how many of their total albums were over a million worldwide.

    https://www.beatlesbible.com/features/riaa/
    FTR, the contention is that Taylor Swift's last four albums have each sold over 1 million copies in the first week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by falafel View Post
    FTR, the contention is that Taylor Swift's last four albums have each sold over 1 million copies in the first week.
    Really?

    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    The album is a "pop masterclass" -- the reviews are in. Surprised? It became the best selling album in 2017 in one hour. On iTunes alone 800,000 copies in one hour. No artist has ever had four consecutive albums sell 1 million copies. Heck, no artist has ever had that happen with three albums. Taylor is Secretariat pulling away from everyone else at the Belmont Stakes. She's the surest cultural bet we've got. And has been for years. Enjoy her continued reign, folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HuskyFreeNorthwest View Post
    Missed opportunity, use this as a learning experience and be better in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    Really?
    Really. Look at post 337.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Dude, give me a little credit. I was pitching a softball to Levin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Lebowski View Post
    Dude, give me a little credit. I was pitching a softball to Levin!
    Y'all beat me to it!

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    T Swizzle is my daughters' favorite singer. They have such great taste for only being 5 and 8 years old! Much better than some of the crusty curmudgeonly grandpas on here.

    Her musicality and lyricism will stand the test of time. Remember she writes every song she sings. She has many stone-cold classics. You grandpas should read the Rolling Stone, Vulture, NYTimes, Guardian, BBC, AP, Telegrepah, AV Club etc etc etc etc articles. Professional critics. But the people who love her best are songwriters themselves. For those interested in songcraft, it's fun to read about the nuts and bolts from the pros. They all agree she's once in a generation.

    Creekster -- after you change your depends, you should check some of her songs out! Might have to turn up the volume all the way so you can hear it, but the quality should still come through. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    T Swizzle is my daughters' favorite singer. They have such great taste for only being 5 and 8 years old! Much better than some of the crusty curmudgeonly grandpas on here.

    Her musicality and lyricism will stand the test of time. Remember she writes every song she sings. She has many stone-cold classics. You grandpas should read the Rolling Stone, Vulture, NYTimes, Guardian, BBC, AP, Telegrepah, AV Club etc etc etc etc articles. Professional critics. But the people who love her best are songwriters themselves. For those interested in songcraft, it's fun to read about the nuts and bolts from the pros. They all agree she's once in a generation.

    Creekster -- after you change your depends, you should check some of her songs out! Might have to turn up the volume all the way so you can hear it, but the quality should still come through. Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Levin View Post
    T Swizzle is my daughters' favorite singer. They have such great taste for only being 5 and 8 years old! Much better than some of the crusty curmudgeonly grandpas on here.

    Her musicality and lyricism will stand the test of time. Remember she writes every song she sings. She has many stone-cold classics. You grandpas should read the Rolling Stone, Vulture, NYTimes, Guardian, BBC, AP, Telegrepah, AV Club etc etc etc etc articles. Professional critics. But the people who love her best are songwriters themselves. For those interested in songcraft, it's fun to read about the nuts and bolts from the pros. They all agree she's once in a generation.

    Creekster -- after you change your depends, you should check some of her songs out! Might have to turn up the volume all the way so you can hear it, but the quality should still come through. Enjoy!
    I know the songs on her last two albums very well, thank you. She's fine. She's just not significant. She does write nice hooks and has a knack for it even most songwriters dont have. That all said, meh. But I am glad that you are so happy about it.
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    Dude. Swifty totally just lip synced on SNL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwestcoug View Post
    Dude. Swifty totally just lip synced on SNL.
    AND IT WAS BRILLIANT!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwestcoug View Post
    Dude. Swifty totally just lip synced on SNL.
    esad you loser!
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    Ok her second performance looks real. Phew!

    Although her guitar playing looks a little suspect.

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