Country slash pop star, Taylor Swift, has set a new record this week with her new single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
Nielsen Soundscan reports Swift notched up the biggest digital sales week ever — for a female — with 623,000 paid downloads in Wednesday’s Billboard Digital Songs chart, beating out previous female record holder Ke$ha who racked up 610, 000 sales of “Tik Tok” in 2009. The solo girl anthem has already powered its way to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart for the week ending August 19.
Fans of the Grammy winning singer can look forward to seeing her perform at MTV’s Video Music Awards on September 6, where Swift will debut “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and possibly other cuts from her forthcoming album, Red.
But while her fans may be counting down the days to see the star; apparently Swift is not exactly flavor of the month with her potential future in-laws.
After spending most the summer being romanced by boyfriend Conor Kennedy (son of Robert Kennedy Jr) at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port and various spots in Cape Cod and Nantucket, the loved-up twosome allegedly gatecrashed a Kennedy family wedding.
The nuptials were between Conor’s first cousin Kyle Kennedy (daughter of the late Michael Kennedy) and Liam Kerr, a director for education reform. Kyle is also the granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968.
Although previously invited to the wedding, Conor allegedly failed to RSVP. So, when the couple turned up at Boston’s chic Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel this Saturday and Swift began signing autographs for fans in the lobby, mother of the bride Victoria Gifford Kennedy wasn’t happy. In a bid to keep the focus of the wedding on her daughter, Ms. Kennedy says she tried to talk the pair into leaving, but they refused.
“They texted me an hour before the wedding and asked if they could come,” she told the Boston Herald yesterday. “I responded with a very clear, ‘Please do not come.’ ”
Ms Gifford-Kennedy added:
“They came anyway … I personally went up to Ms. Swift, whose entrance distracted the entire event, politely introduced myself to her, and asked her as nicely as I could to leave. It was like talking to a ghost. She seemed to look right past me.”
However, Swift’s spokeswoman Paula Erikson insists this isn’t what happened.
“There is no truth to that,” Erikson said. “Taylor was invited to the wedding and the bride thanked her profusely for being there.”
Apart from this unfortunate faux pas, the romance between Taylor, 22, and Conor, 18, appears to be proceeding smoothly. After the wedding on Saturday the young couple paid their respects at the Hyannis, Massachusetts graveside of Conor’s deceased mother, Mary Richardson. Swift was recently photographed consoling Conor on a visit to St. Xavier’s Cemetery.
Conor’s mother, 52, hung herself on May 16 this year, reportedly distraught at the prospect of an imminent divorce and an alleged battle with depression and prescription drugs.
Despite earlier reports that Swift purchased a $5 million Cape Cod property near to the Kennedy compound, this has since been disputed by several outlets.
The singer’s new album Red will be released in October and is reportedly jammed full with artist collaborations. After Swift revealed her 2010 song Dear John was about singer John Mayer, fans are reportedly now trying to figure out who “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” is dedicated to. Over to you Ms Gifford-Kennedy?
The Top 10 Biggest Digital Songs in the US Are:
“Right Round,” Flo Rida – 636,000 (February 2009)
“We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” Taylor Swift – 623,000 (August 2012)
“Tik Tok,” Ke$ha – 610,000 (January 2010)
“Grenade,” Bruno Mars – 559,000 (January 2011)
“Somebody That I Used To Know,” Gotye featuring Kimbra – 542,000 (April 2012)
“Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber – 521,000 (April 2012)
“Born This Way,” Lady Gaga – 509,000 (March 2011)
“Firework,” Katy Perry – 509,000 (January 2011)
“Payphone,” Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa – 493,000 (May 2012)
“Low,” Flo Rida – 467,000 (January 2008)