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Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down” Soars To #1 On US iTunes Chart, Launches At Radio

“You Need To Calm Down” is Taylor Swift’s new radio single.

Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down Cover Art
Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down Cover Art | Republic Records / StokedPR

Update: Taylor Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down” has reached #1 on the US iTunes sales chart.

Just before the clock hit midnight late Thursday, Taylor Swift released her new single “You Need To Calm Down.”

As of 1:35AM ET Friday morning, it is the #2 song on the US iTunes sales chart.

“You Need To Calm Down” only trails Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road (featuring Billy Ray Cyrus)” on the listing. It will be interesting to see if it can dethrone that juggernaut in the coming hours.

As “You Need To Calm Down” gains traction on iTunes, it is also taking flight on other platforms. The song is positioned prominently on Spotify’s New Music Friday and Today’s Top Hits playlists.

The song is also beginning its run at radio, where it is going for immediate airplay. Some stations even plan to play “You Need To Calm Down” every hour on Friday.

“You Need To Calm Down” is the follow-up to Swift’s “ME! (featuring Brendon Urie).” Both songs appear on her new album “Lover,” which arrives August 23.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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