DAILY DIRT: More music history for Taylor Swift — she has the top 14 songs in this week’s Billboard Hot 100


Billionaire recording artist Taylor Swift. – Wikimedia Commons

Daily Dirt for Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Maybe Snoop Dogg should have partnered with Taylor Swift instead of Dr. Dre. I’m pretty sure the Arizona Bowl would be a sellout. More about that in Thought No. 3 … Welcome to today’s three thoughts that make up Vol. 942 of The Daily Dirt.

1. The Swifties are at it again.

Taylor Swift, arguably the world’s most popular celebrity, made more entertainment history this week when she claimed the top 14 spots — an unprecedented accomplishment — on the Billboard Hot 100 singles music chart dated May 4.

All of the tracks, led by “Fortnight,” which features the accompanying talents of Post Malone, are from her recently released album, “The Tortured Poets Department”.

“You’ve outdone yourselves, this is unbelievable,” the 34-year-old Swift wrote on social media Monday, praising her fan base — a.k.a Swifites.

Swift’s new album, released April 19, is also no. 1 on the Billboard album chart.

Here’s a few other noteworthy accomplishments by Swift — compliments of the Swifites:

  • In taking the top 14 Billboard songs, Swift broke the record she previously held. When she released “Midnights” in 2022, she became the first (and only other) artist ever to simultaneously hold the top 10 spots in the Hot 100. The Billboard rankings are based on streaming, radio airplay and sales data.
  • Forbes magazine estimates Swift to be worth about $1.1 billion as of Monday. The pop star became a billionaire last October, in large part due to her Eras Tour, which was the first tour in history to gross $1 billion.
  • Swift has had a dozen No. 1 songs now that “Fortnight” took the top spot this week, Billboard reported.

2. Did you know (Part 8) …

  • That Roald Dahl, the guy who wrote the James Bond film “You Only Live Twice,” also wrote “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.
  • That when Mario Puzo was writing “The Godfather,” he was also working on the screenplay for the “Superman” movie.
  • That actress Carrie Fisher of “Star Wars” and Princess Leia fame co-wrote the films “Sister Act,” “Coyote Ugly” and “Lethal Weapon 3”.
  • That “Pat,” long considered the worst movie ever made involving a Saturday Night Live character, was written by the esteemed Quentin Tarantino.

3. ESPN reports that Snoop Dogg is getting into the college football bowl business with what is being treated as an historic sponsorship that recognizes his 1993 hit song and recent beverage line with Dr. Dre, “Gin & Juice.”

The rapper on Monday revealed the new “Snoop Dogg Arizona Bowl presented by Gin & Juice By Dre and Snoop,” will be marketed with the intent “to bring the juice back to college football.” 

The game, previously sponsored by Barstool Sports, will take place Dec. 28 in Tucson, Ariz., and pair teams from the Mountain West and Mid-American conferences.

The aforementioned partnership marks the first with an alcohol product as the presenting sponsor of an NCAA-sanctioned bowl game. In February, the new beverage company introduced “Gin & Juice” as its first ready-to-drink product — a nod to Snoop Dogg’s hit from the album “Doggystyle,” produced by Dr. Dre and Death Row Records.

Steve Thought O’ The Day — After reading thought No. 2, I have have an entire new level of respect for the late Carrie Fisher.

Steve Eighinger writes daily for Muddy River News. Is marijuana legal in Arizona?

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