Taylor Swift seems to be taking over the world with her rise to mega-stardom over the past few years. One of the many numerous tasks the singer managed to accomplish over the year of 2014 was outselling the most popular soundtrack in the world, Frozen, with her latest solo album 1989.
Frozen remained the top-selling album of 2014 up until the final days of the year where Swift reached down and took hold of the title. The Disney movie soundtrack amassed an impressive 3.53 million copies sold according to Billboard. Swift managed to top that number with her fifth studio album selling 3.66 million copies, and that was only since the CD’s release this October whereas Frozen’s soundtrack was released late last year when the film opened in theaters in November of 2013.
The fact that the singer managed to beat out such a high amount of sales in a very short amount of time is a feat to be applauded. As much of the public knows, the success of Frozen has reigned supreme ever since the film was originally released and has not left the limelight since. Offering a new take on the classic story of Hans Christian Anderson’s The Snow Queen, the film provided a new outlet for children and adults of all ages to connect with. The music of the film is also clearly an aspect that resonated with the public. The song “Let It Go” is sung by Tony Winner Idina Menzel and has been heard on repeat for the past year, making it one of the most popular songs of 2014.
This latest album of Swift’s marks her fifth solo endeavor, but the first to be considered in the pop music category, whereas the singer was previously known for her country tunes. With each new album released, one could tell the musical direction in which Swift was heading and that was towards mainstream pop vocals. Last fall the singer debuted the latest album’s first single, “Shake It Off” and it was an unveiling of the star as a true pop artist at last. If any bits of country were left in the star, they were shredded when Swift performed at the VMA’s but a week after the release of her new single. Channeling a modern material girl, Swift danced and sang her heart out in a shiny silver outfit amidst a group of suited-up men.
Much news was raised when Swift made an official relocation to New York City where she currently presides. Shortly after moving, the star was named the official ambassador of welcoming New York City tourism, an act that brought about much controversy in the city’s long-time citizens. However, the star remains positive and holds her title high as the first track of 1989 is indeed called “Welcome to New York.” The star sang this number just the other night at the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square with Ryan Seacrest.
Yes, Taylor Swift has outsold Frozen, the top-selling album in the world. It seems as if there is no end to ever-reigning success of this country-turned-pop artist.
By Cody Collier