Home U.S Taylor Swift ties Dolly Parton's chart record with 'Love Story (Taylor's Version)'

Taylor Swift ties Dolly Parton's chart record with 'Love Story (Taylor's Version)'


In this video image provided by CMT, Taylor Swift presents the award for breakthrough video of the year during the Country Music Television awards airing on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

Once again, Taylor Swift and Dolly Parton are in a league of their own.

The singer-songwriters are, for our money, the two biggest stars Nashville has ever produced. Sorry, but Elvis didn’t start his career in Music City, and Johnny Cash, Hank Williams and Garth Brooks, great as they are, didn’t sell out the Tokyo Dome or build their own theme park. (We look forward to your emails.)

This week, Swift joined Parton as only the second artist to do this: top the country charts twice with two versions of the same song. 

In Swift’s case, she’s just achieved this with “Love Story (Taylor’s Version),” a re-recording of her 2008 No. 1 hit “Love Story.” 

Parton accomplished this feat with “I Will Always Love You,” which hit No. 1 in 1974 and again in 1982 — only for a week in both cases, which is hard to believe. 

Taylor Swift performs during the CMA Music Festival at LP Field in Nashville June 5, 2008.

Another surprising fact: this is the first time Swift has had a song debut at the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. That’s indicative of the gradual climb most country hits tend to have, as well as the fact that Swift has been essentially out of the genre for the past seven years. 

“Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” is the first track to be released from an entirely re-recorded version of Swift’s 2008 album, “Fearless.” The move comes after a public battle with music executive Scooter Braun, who purchased the rights to her first six albums in 2019, then sold them to a private equity firm last year.


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