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Taylor Swift’s New Version Of “Love Story” Debuts At #11 On Billboard Hot 100, Earns #1 On Hot Country Songs

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” makes a big opening week splash.

Taylor Swift - Love Story (Taylor's Version) lyric video screengrab | TS/Republic

The first taste of Taylor Swift’s re-recorded “Fearless” album debuts prominently on this week’s Billboard Hot 100.

Entitled “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” the new iteration of Swift’s classic debuts at #11 on this week’s chart. Although the song received airplay across key formats this week, the lion’s share of its first-week activity came from sales and streams.

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” was, in fact, the week’s best-selling song.

In addition to debuting well on the all-genre Hot 100, “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” starts at #1 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

First released in 2008, the original “Love Story” also topped Hot Country Songs (and peaked at #4 on the overall Hot 100). Swift follows Dolly Parton (“I Will Always Love You”) as just the second artist to reach #1 on Hot Country Songs with the same song.

Rather than being treated as “remixes,” re-recordings of this sort are viewed as distinct releases and therefore eligible for their own Billboard chart runs.

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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