Taylor Swift's Speak Now (Taylor's Version) makes music history
Fans have been buzzing over the 33-year-old's new take on her 2010 album since it dropped on July 7. Taylor's Version of the record features re-recordings of the original tracklist as well as six vault tracks previously scrapped from the album.
On release day, Speak Now (Taylor's Version) broke the record for the most-streamed album in a single day in 2023 on Spotify and became the most-streamed country album in a single day in the streamer's history.
The excitement certainly didn't end there as the Anti-Hero artist continues to make music history with her third re-recording. Per Billboard, Speak Now (Taylor's Version) had the biggest week of any album in 2023 after just four days, surpassing Morgan Wallen's One Thing at a Time.
Swift stands to break even more records once the July 22-dated Billboard charts are revealed, as a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 would make her the female artist with the most No. 1 albums (surpassing Barbara Streisand) and would tie her with Drake for the most among all artists.
Vinyl sales for Speak Now (Taylor's Version) came to over 225,000, making it the second-largest sales week for a vinyl album since tracking began in 1991. First place also belongs to Swift, with her tenth studio album, Midnights, selling 575,000 in its first week.
As Speak Now dominates the cultural zeitgeist, social media was baffled on Monday as the FBI tapped into the conversation with a viral Taylor-inspired post.
Taylor Swift's Speak Now (Taylor's Version) sparks viral social media posts
The FBI Washington Field Twitter account shared a post on Monday referencing multiple songs on Speak Now (Taylor's Version).
Using the format of the album's back cover, the post asked users to report tips for federal crimes, which somehow included Terrorism (FBI's Version), Weapons of Mass Destruction (FBI's Version), and so on.
"Justice is better than revenge. You may not be Superman, but you can help the #FBI protect the country," the post said.
The tweet has been viewed over 12 million times as users attempted to wrap their heads around the marketing move.
"I Need y'all to know how badly 'Terrorism (FBI's Version)' is taking me out," one user joked.
"how is this not a meme account," another said.
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