According to Billboard, the milestone marks Swift’s eighth appearance at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart and her first time debuting at the summit. Though her original recording of “Love Story” didn’t debut at the top of the chart, it ascended to the No. 1 spot on Nov. 22, 2008.
Only one other artist has topped the Hot Country Songs list with separate iterations of the same song, according to Entertainment Weekly. Dolly Parton accomplished the rare feat with her hit song “I Will Always Love You,” which topped the chart in June 1974, and then again in October 1982 after Parton released an updated recording.
After hearing that her rerecording debuted at No. 1, Swift said (via Billboard), “I’m so grateful to the fans for making this a possibility. They’re the ones who emboldened me to reclaim my music and they really showed up this week to see it through. It blows me away that they’ve sent a song to No. 1 that had its first life over a decade ago. I couldn’t be happier that it happened now, and in this way.”
Entertainment Weekly reports that over the course of one week, the song received 25,000 paid downloads, 13.7 million streams, and 1.1 million radio impressions. “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” is Swift’s first chart-topping song to appear on the country chart since her 2012 single “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” According to the site, Swift shifted into the pop genre with her multiple Grammy-winning album “1989” in 2014.
As previously reported by the Deseret News, Swift has recently been hard at work rerecording her old music after she lost the rights to the master recordings of her first six albums when they were sold to a company owned by music manager Scooter Braun. Braun’s company recently sold the master recordings to private equity company Shamrock Holdings for an estimated $300 million.
“So far, of the ones I’ve recorded, I think it’s been the most fun doing ‘Love Story,’” Swift told Good Morning America last fall (via Entertainment Weekly). “The older music, my voice was so teenaged and I sometimes, when I hear my older music and my older young teenage voice, it makes me feel like I’m a different singer now. And so, it’s been the most fun to rerecord ones that I feel like I could actually, possibly improve upon the song. That’s been a really amazing and fun adventure.”
As previously reported by the Deseret News, Swift will release a rerecorded version of her second album “Fearless” later this year. According to the article, a message hidden in one of the artist’s social media posts hints that the album will drop on April 9.