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Taylor Swift's fast selling album

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 01:31

The singer's hit ''1989'' album surpassed the 5 million mark in sales. Swift has become a powerhouse with her fight to get companies to pay for music. Fred Katayama reports.

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Taylor Swift never goes out of style. Nielsen Music says her blockbuster album, "1989," just blew past the 5 million mark in sales, the second fastest to reach that milestone in more than a decade. Billboard says it's only topped by Usher's "Confessions" album, which hit that plateau in 2004. More like take it off. Swift, a shrewd business person, captured the attention of the business and tech world when she took her music off the streaming service, Spotify last year, saying music shouldn't be free. Then she took on Apple last month and got the company to pay artists during free trials for its new Apple Music streaming service. A master at staying in the spotlight, her "Bad Blood" video got attention for its star-studded cast and slick production. This week, "Blank Space" became the fastest video to get 1 billion plays online. She's #8 on Forbes' list of the highest paid celebrities with earnings of $80 million. And this week, she once again lived up to her reputation for appreciating fans, using social media and generating good PR. To help this young fan raise money for her leukemia treatment, she donated $50,000 along with an uplifting message on crowdfunding site gofundme. Naomi Oakes' theme song? You guessed it. "Bad Blood."

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Taylor Swift's fast selling album

Thursday, July 09, 2015 - 01:31