Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Taylor Swift earns first-ever Golden Globe Nomination, Returns to #1 on Billboard's Top 200 albums sales chart
Nashville, TN – December 13, 2012 – Taylor Swift was enjoying a rare day off today when she got the news that “Safe & Sound,” her song with The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett for “The Hunger Games” movie, had earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Song.
“What an amazing and unexpected present!” said Taylor, who today is celebrating her 23rd birthday. “I’m blown away by my first-ever Golden Globe nomination, and so honored to be nominated with T Bone Burnett and The Civil Wars. Writing music for ‘The Hunger Games’ was a labor of love – I was a fan of the stories and the characters, and we all wanted the music to have an authenticity that matched the tone of the movie and the emotions expressed in the book. This is a huge honor, and I’m really excited and so flattered. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association!”
The 70th Annual Golden Globes will be awarded on January 13, 2013 and will air live on NBC.
This week Taylor’s 3X-Platinum album RED is the biggest-selling album in the U.S., claiming the #1 position atop Billboard’s all-genre Top 200 Albums chart for the 4th time since its release, posting a one-week sales jump of 22%. Combined, Taylor’s three #1 albums have now spent 21 weeks at the top of Billboard’s album sales charts, tying her with Whitney Houston and Jay Z for the 4th most weeks at #1 since SoundScan began keeping track in 1991. RED debuted in October with U.S. sales in excess of 1.2 million albums (music’s highest weekly sales number in more than a decade), and has spent each of the 7 weeks since at #1 or #2 on the all-genre Top 200 Albums chart, and held firm at #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart. In addition to its U.S. Triple-Platinum certification, RED (released on Big Machine Records) has reached #1 at iTunes in 42 countries, and total sales of RED outside of the U.S. have now topped 1.1 million albums. It was just announced last week that RED’s lead single, the international chart-topper “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Record of the Year.
RED’s global sales success has been matched by its critical acclaim, with the disc being lauded on numerous year-end “Best Albums of the Year” lists by outlets including Rolling Stone, Spin, MTV and the Associated Press.
Today (Thursday, December 13th), MTV will world premiere Taylor’s 23rd music video, the highly anticipated clip for “I Knew You Were Trouble.” at 4:40 p.m. ET. The video will then go into rotation across all MTV channels at 5 p.m.
“I Knew You Were Trouble.” the third single from RED, is currently climbing both the CHR/Top 40 and Hot A/C radio charts, and is #2 (all-genres) at iTunes.
"As soon as I started writing this song, I knew it was different from anything else on the record, so I knew that I wanted the video to be different from anything we'd ever done,” said Taylor. “I wanted to tell the story of a girl who falls into a world that's too fast for her, and suffers the consequences.”
Shot over two days in and around Los Angeles, in the video Taylor plays the character of a girl being completely drawn in by her attraction to a guy (portrayed by Reeve Carney, currently playing Peter Parker in the Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) with a beautiful smile and big personality. But he has a dark side, and Taylor's character loses herself with the guy and in the relationship, becoming part of his dark world. She eventually sees that she's lost herself and has learned her lesson. "I feel incredibly lucky to have gotten to work with Anthony Mandler and to have Reeve Carney as my co-star in the video, and I can't wait for everybody to see it,” Taylor added.
Taylor is currently in Europe for a live performance this weekend on top German entertainment show “Schlag den Raab.” Later this month, she will perform live in Times Square, ringing in 2013 as the headliner of ABC’s “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest.”