October 26th, 2012
05:22 PM ET
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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