And now, some more useless info to crud up your hippocampus…
Country singer Taylor Swift’s new album, “Speak Now,” recently debuted at the top of the US charts, selling the most copies in a single week since March 2005’s The Massacre by 50 Cent (who, if actual talent had anything to do with it, Fiddy would be selling CDs out of his trunk). Swift is only the 16th person to have moved more than a million albums in a week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. This is quite an amazing feat. Forget Garth Brooks. Forget the Beatles. Forget Whitney Houston (which isn’t really hard to do anymore). Swift is accomplishing this in a time when physical albums are selling like lead based paint or, worse, real estate in Detroit. Heck, you can’t even get somebody to go outside to check their own mailbox anymore, much less go to the store to purchase a CD. Most of the buzz surrounding the album was generated by “Dear John,” a song that is hinted to be about former boyfriend John Mayer’s cruel treatment of her when she was 19 (I’m starting to get the feeling that this Mayer guy is sort of an ass). Who would have guessed that all you had to do to sling that many CDs in today’s day and age was write a jaded song about a love affair gone sour aimed directly at your inconsiderate celebrity boyfriend. Alanis Morissette must be spinning in her grave! Wait, is Alanis still alive? Well, if she is, she’s probably trying relentlessly to get back together with Dave Coulier as you read this.
Until next time, keep your head hidden in the bushes and your eyes on the stars.