Taylor Swift on track to set record amid breakup rumors
October 26th, 2012
05:22 PM ET

Taylor Swift on track to set record amid breakup rumors

Taylor Swift is on track to join the very short list of artists and groups who’ve had back-to-back albums sell a million units in a week.

In the Nielsen SoundScan era, which dates back to 1991, just the Backstreet Boys, 'N Sync and Eminem have accomplished the fete, each with albums releasing between 1999 and 2002, Billboard reports.

If Swift’s “Red” hits the million mark by Sunday, the country-pop princess will become the first artist in a decade, and first ever female, to achieve the same success. Her last studio album, “Speak Now,” sold more than a million units during its debut week in November 2010.

But before we go deeming this Swift’s (potential) “best week ever,” we should note, the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer reportedly parted ways with beau Conor Kennedy, according to US Weekly.

“It was just a distance thing. No hard feelings. They're fine,” a source told the magazine.

That might explain why Swift looked so uncomfortable on Thursday’s episode of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” (Or maybe she looked that way because she was shown a digital photo album of her exes in front of a live studio audience.)

On the episode, DeGeneres tells the singer to ring a bell when she spots the ex that her latest single is about. (You know, the one she’s “never ever getting back together” with.)

“I don’t know if I’m gonna do this,” Swift says when DeGeneres hands her the bell. “This is the one thing that I have. It’s like the one shred of dignity that I have. … People go and make guesses about it and the only thing that I have is like that one card.”

At which point DeGeneres tells her she can ring the bell three different times, just to narrow it down, and cues the slideshow.

“Stop, stop it, stop it, stop!” Swift cries.

Check out the awkwardness below:

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  1. angryersmell

    Useless. Well, not 100%...but close.

    November 14, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. omg

    The fete? lol figures , brought to you by the morons on CNN

    October 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    Now all she has to do is sell it for .99 cents and she can share another feat with Lady Gagme.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Spidey-Man

    She is such a bore! She's pretty hot but I could never date her because then I'd have to lie and say I liked her music. While at the same time covering my bleeding ears with both hands sobbing and begging and screaming for it to please STOP!

    October 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. derp

    She will simultaneously set the record for most worthless pop drivel singles ever produced by a marginally talented waif tart.

    October 30, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ugh

    The Backstreet Boys, N'Sync and Eminem have "accomplished the FEAT".......... not the FETE.

    *facetable*

    October 30, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Taylor(u)

    is another dud

    October 30, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Chris

    She's so fake. This whole good girl country image is such a see through scam. Perfectly designed to keep young girls dumb and out of pocket money. Not a role model, another corporate product disguised as a genuine human being.

    October 30, 2012 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dee

    Oh I thought it was going to be a record for most guys slept with before 25

    October 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jane Powers--

    i'm so sorry for your sadness with your man problem–do you possibly think it could be you?

    October 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fact Is

    She is better looking, most popular, has better relationships and not a dud.

    October 29, 2012 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. did the big boys get to

    taylor's unx yet?

    October 29, 2012 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. I run the mission

    and we are not going anywhere - we love taylor -

    October 29, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Valerie

    I don't understand the nastiness of the comments that are made here. There is nothing accomplished by being critical, hateful, and vulgar. I think Taylor is gorgeous; if you don't, don't look at her. I think she's an incredible songwriter and singer; if you don't, don't listen. If you're better looking, more talented, and have perfect relationships, then let us all know so that we can applaud. Until then, leave the young woman alone.

    October 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Fried

    -

    October 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Dave

    After hearing Swift ruin "EveryTthing she Does" at the Brooks and Dunn tribute (she sang the whole song 1/2 step flat and missed notes galore) I have decided she has little to offer serious music listeners. Good thing her fans are mostly 12 year olds. They buy a lot of music that adults won't touch.

    October 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Rock

    I wonder if she comes on key

    October 29, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Prog Rock

    whiny simpleton music is all we see these days...
    'my boyfriend this...my a$$ hurts that...."
    Pink Floyd – Dark side of the Moon – 14 years at number 1 baby
    booyaaa

    October 29, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Tanya

    I remember when she sang with Stevie Nicks. She was so off key. I'm still amazed at her success. Pretty but that's all.

    October 29, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  20. Alice

    Who's John Mayer?

    October 29, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  21. Notre Dame sux.

    Taylor Swift is a Sweet Girl..
    Why she would Date one of The Kennedy Clan is beyond me. Talk about a Dysfuntional bunch of Morons .....geez

    October 28, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  22. chelle52370

    She went from being a teen sensation with a moderately decent voice and good songwriting skills to another Kelly Clarkson type – whining and singing about her exes in every single song while profiting from the experience. At some point, if EVERY relationship you're in ends badly, it's time to take a long, hard look in the mirror because the common denominator is YOU. (Oh, and don't date someone like John Mayer and whine because you didn't get a call afterward – he's a dog. It's nobody's fault but yours if you mistakenly thought you'd be the one to change him.) Bottom line – move on and have some other life experiences that you can sing about – they're far more interesting and don't make you seem like a bitter, whiny teenager.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  23. khloe Doddy

    she's basically a sweet kid–which is a target for trolls (singular) .

    October 28, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Swift

    will do WHAT she wants....

    October 28, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Helmut Von schtinkenstein

    I would give anything of she would simply go out to a nice dinner, eat a large meal, then come over to my place and leave a nice steamer on my face.

    October 28, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fred Nugent

      No, you don't. You just thinkyou do, that's all.

      October 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • tracie

      Me too!

      October 30, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      That is a completely gross thought. Yuck. Did you just say you want someone to poop on your face? Is this a way of saying she makes you want to barf?

      November 3, 2012 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  26. Chip Douglas

    With so many guys leaving her fast, she must have some hangups in the sack. "You want to do what??!!". Honey, either start dating a nice average guy or stop going on talk shows. Easy solution.

    October 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Danitra

    Her hair sure looks like it needs washing in that picture.

    October 28, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  28. many women

    bang everyone they meet because its makes them happy for about a 1/2 hr.....taylor is a little picky about

    vav exchange...taylor and i talked about this at starbucks last week.

    October 28, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  29. VaVoom

    No reason to through alot of guys...she has to take care of her va va...

    October 28, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • @VaVoom

      Yeah, if she banged every guy that she's been with, the poor little thing is probably all worn out by now. It probably needs a vacation! Time to write a new song! lmao

      October 28, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • You See....

      maybe those are the single women you hang out with @VaVoom... there are still women who take 2-3 years breaks to recharge, find thenselves again..then all of a sudden POW. there it goes again

      October 28, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  30. ah...

    I'll bet there is a new Kennedy song coming. For a girl her age, she does seem to go through a lot of guys. They don't seem to stay with her very long, either. I wonder why that is?

    October 28, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  31. Tim

    How many boyfriends has she had anyway? She really seems to get around. She seems to really like the guys but they get tired of her very fast. Maybe it's the self centered whiny personality lots of young girls have today.

    October 28, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
  32. Bea

    With so many of her boyfriends leaving her it starting to look like it may be her. I wonder if she has ever even questioned if the blame might lay with something SHE is doing wrong?

    October 28, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  33. JealousTrolls(you)

    the public likes her which is most important–she's not going to worry about a pack blogging trolls smashing her reputation
    when she has so much happening in her life....

    October 28, 2012 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  34. Swift

    does what she wants and will always do what she wants because she has the power to do so.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  35. Taylor Swift

    is a fine woman and it doesn't matter what or who she is singing about because she can fill an auditorium of 42,000
    people and making money off of blogging...i'm sure Taylor could care less about you or anyone else
    is saying.

    it worked for pat benetar in the 1980's...her songs are all about the anger of being hurt by a man–who cares–

    October 28, 2012 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  36. Joshua Farmer

    Some of these comments are from people who do not know what they're talking about/ (or do not read any kind of news). Ellen's show has traditionally been humor/uncomfortable unhumor and this is no different. Swift was just taken aback wtih it like any normal 22 or 21 or 20 year old woman would. Swift DOES need to stop worrying about celebrity trash in men...they're just going to use her. Find yourself a normal man, Taylor and keep singing your heart out.

    October 28, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  37. LaughAtTheFallenButt

    you have to hear what the LA said about her yesterday. (translated? thanks)

    October 28, 2012 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  38. وسط تبادل

    "الجيش السوري الحر" والقوات الموالية للنظام في دمشق، فيما اتهمت روسيا، المعارضة السورية بإحباط هدنة عيد الأضحى، حيث سقط ما يزيد عن مائتي قتيل منذ بدء سريانها، الجمعة، وسط تبادل الأطراف المتصارعة في سوريا الاتهامات بخرقها. PRAISE BE TO ALLAH! PRAISE BE TO ALLAH! I Love The 49ers to win Super Bowl! Taylor Swift is pretty young lady! Peace is the answer!

    October 28, 2012 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  39. justwrong1

    She is So Talented & I am SO Sick Of Hearing About Her, Sick, Sick, Sick!
    KC did an interview, Can't remotely stomach KC & TS, so done, Again, Talented but Bored w/ Her.
    Oh, The break-up, so planned... what these Money Hos won't do to earn a mil.

    October 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  40. shar

    I'd like to slap some of that red lipstick off of her fugly face.

    October 27, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Brad Stone

    She's a lanky wh*re.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  42. jg51

    After watching this clip from Ellen show, I feel bad for her. I presume she had a "heads up" that Ellen was going to do the bell routine, but still seems a little mean spirited. I just see a young woman who has had phenomenal success in her professional career, but is still struggling through personal relationships with the whole world watching. She'll eventually find her soulmate, but I think everyone needs to give her a little privacy in the meantime. Remember folks, Carly Simon never revealed who her famous song "You're So Vain" was written about.

    October 27, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Salty

      Have to agree. People can dislike Swift all they want, but only people with true jealousy/anger issues would get on the comment section and trash her. Everyone has forgotten that she is just a kid; one with a truncated childhood at that. Ellen just seems like a bully here, but it will be interesting to see if Swift is on her show again...

      October 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  43. the real taylor in the above picture....

    is a young talent that people want to be near.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse |
  44. taylor was the

    laughing stock at the fune parler....we needed something to make the girls laugh and as usual it was taylor.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  45. your so resourceful....thanks

    i have a hacker so i have to remain until it is out.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:42 am | Report abuse |
  46. Annoyed

    I wish you haters would stop being that way. If you don't wanna see Taylor, then go somewhere else! No one wants to see negative stuff about her unless it's really useful. Sheesh.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:11 am | Report abuse |
  47. taylor was the

    laughing stock at the fune parler....we needed something to make the girls laugh and as usual it was taylor.

    October 27, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  48. Nick

    You spelled the work fete wrong. It should be feat.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  49. OhRearOne

    like her.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  50. Lizard Lance

    Her songs sound alike, her vocal range is limited. But she is cute, she comes up with good hooks, and while her lyric may be personal, they are also forgetable. She has the perfect recipe for making it in today's disposable and shallow world.

    October 27, 2012 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  51. Alison

    She is just trying to be dramatic and play on young girls emotions. She is an opportunist preying on young kids much like a p edo.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Farmer Pig Eats Farmer

      Hopefully they bump their luv nubs together at some point

      October 29, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Ali

    She really isn't that special or pretty. She is basically just a whiny girl with long hair bangs.

    October 26, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  53. trends

    i dont see spoiled and in a rut. i see a young woman trying to understand relationships and dealing with hurt.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rebecca

      I see a whiny t urd trying to make a dollar. An uggo exploiting Tweens and teens for her own benefit. Plus she is ugly.

      October 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
  54. bellenoitr

    Get this mediocre talent off the internet. She's a spoiled in-love-with-herself young lady. She's got talent but it needs to develop and right now she's in a rut.

    October 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  55. TaylorSongs

    artists tend to write their songs based on their life experiences...she's 14 yrs old...how many bad relationships did she have?

    October 26, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  56. TaylorSucks

    The reason she only sings about her personal life is because she can't charge you for just talking about it.

    October 26, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |

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