2015 was quite a year for Taylor Swift as she sold millions of albums, played in front of millions of fans, and was the most talked about pop star, until Adele came out with 25 late this year. However, Taylor Swift has something new to brag about, according to Billboard.
“In other Swift news, her Fearless album surpasses 7 million in total U.S. sales, as it moved another 3,000 copies in the week ending Dec. 17 to bring its total to 7,001,000. The album, released in 2008, continues to rule as Swift’s biggest-selling effort.”
“The former No. 1 album — now in its 60th week on the chart — returns to the top 10 (rising 12-9) to snag a 55th nonconsecutive week in the region. The album lingered in the top 10 for its first 53 chart weeks.”
Billboard adds that Taylor Swift is the only act to have earned more than one album with more than 50 weeks in the top 10. But she may be tied with or taken over by Adele. Billboard has the news on Adele’s historic achievement.
“Adele’s 25 is set for a historic third million-selling week in the U.S., according to industry forecasters. Those in the know suggest that her red-hot 25 could sell slightly more than a million copies in pure album sales in the week ending Dec. 24 — its fifth week on sale.”
Unfortunately for Adele, her success has caused a little bit of a backlash. A petition on Change.org accused the singer of flaunting her “white privilege.” The mission statement was very harsh.
“Adele sold over 3.38 million copies of her album ’25’ and the media is praising her as if Adele’s success has everything to do with talent. Rather, it’s her white privilege that has put her on top,” the petition claimed.
The petition went on to note that Adele has sold more than recent albums by Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Janet Jackson, while also stating the albums by the aforementioned artists are supposedly “better.” The mission statement of the petition says that “the fawning over Adele by fans and the press continues to show how minorities are repressed in the music business.”
Taylor Swift has caused a racial firestorm as well with the video for “Wildest Dreams.” The Huffington Post accused Ms. Swift of promoting colonialism.
“Instead of the cultural appropriation that has become almost status quo in today’s pop music, Swift has opted for the bolder option of actually just embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people. It’s brave, really.”
The review got a harsh response from readers, who thought the author, Lauren Duca, was just trying to create a clickbait social justice warrior post.
“Lauren Duca channels bait clicks with outrageous headline,” writes Kevin Kehoe.
However, the Taylor Swift backlash has manifested itself on Twitter, especially over the last couple of months. It seems like there is a campaign to prove that she is a bigot, even though there has never been any substantial proof. Let’s hope Adele avoids the same backlash Taylor Swift is experiencing, but don’t count on it.
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