October 22: Taylor Swift launches "Red"
Less than 24 hours after Taylor Swift celebrated her new album "Red" with a launch party in New York City, the album was already No. 1 on the iTunes album chart. Four promotional singles were released in the month leading up to the album release, three of which debuted inside the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. "Red" sold 1.2 million copies in its first week in the U.S, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, the second highest debut for a female artist, behind only "Oops!... I Did It Again" by Britney Spears, and has sold more than 3.3 million copies worldwide.