Haters Gonna Hate, But Taylor Swift Has Broken Some Major Records

In celebration of Taylor Swift’s 25th birthday, we’re granting her birthday wish by not accusing her female friends of dating her. Instead, we’d like to take a moment and acknowledge all the major records the singer has broken in her prosperous career so far. Read on to see the many titles Taylor has earned, and remember: When the haters hate, do as Taylor Swift does and “Shake It Off.” You just might score a Guinness World Record in the process!

As of right now, “Blank Space” is number one on Billboard’s Hot 100, and “Shake It Off” is number six. Taylor was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2014 after reaching new heights, including winning the first ever Dick Clark Award of Excellence at this year’s AMAs. See what other honors Taylor has racked up and find out what advice she passed on to one of her many besties, Selena Gomez, in the video below.

2010

  • The Guinness World Records honors Taylor with the “Most Simultaneous U.S. Hot 100 Hits by a Female Artist” title after 11 of her tracks stayed in the Hot 100 in the same week. Fun fact: only the Beatles have topped this number, with 14 tracks in the Hot 100 at the same time.
  • Speak Now breaks a Guinness World Record as the “Fastest Selling Digital Album for a Female Artist.”
  • She became Entertainment Weekly’s youngest “Entertainer of the Year.”
  • Taylor is the youngest artist to win “Album of the Year” — for Fearless — at the Grammy Awards that year.

2013

  • Taylor is named the “First Solo Female with Two Million-Selling Weeks on the U.S. Albums Chart” by Guinness World Records. Try reciting that title three times fast.
  • The Staples Center honors Taylor for having sold out the most concerts at their venue out of any solo artist. She had sold out 11 shows at that point, and was tied with Maná, Latin rock’s equivalent of U2.
  • “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” becomes the fastest selling digital single. Like, ever. It went to number one on iTunes within the first 50 minutes of its release!

2014

  • Taylor becomes the first artist to sell a million records this year. The feat came after the release of 1989 in October.
  • She becomes the only artist in history to put out three albums — 1989 (2014), Red (2012), and Speak Now (2010) — that have each sold over a million copies in one week.
  • Nielsen SoundScan says 1989 sold the most copies in its first week of any album since Eminem’s The Eminem Show in 2002. Lucky for Eminem, 1989 still didn’t outsell his 2002 album.
  • Taylor wins the first ever — and continuously mystifying — Dick Clark Award of Excellence at the AMAs.
  • She is named “Woman of the Year” by Billboard and becomes the only artist to have received the honor twice. Yas, Taylor!

2015

  • We know what you’re thinking: Isn’t this one a little premature? Well, maybe it is, but after announcing a 2015 Australia tour with opener and former YOK artist Vance Joy, Taylor is set to break a new record down under. When she tours Australia next year, she will become the first female solo artist to consistently play major stadiums in the country.

Impressive, right? When it comes to musical achievements, there’s still plenty of “Blank Space” to be filled. We have no doubt that Taylor will continue to write in her name time and time again.

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