Taylor Swift, one of the music industry's biggest money-makers, released a new album Tuesday. Her label is so confident that Speak Now will sell well that it's shipped more than 2 million copies to stores. Analysts have speculated that the album could be the last ever to sell a million in its first week.
Swift has been riding a wave of attention well beyond her core fan base ever since rapper Kanye West jumped on stage at MTV's Video Music Awards and took a mic away from her.
Christopher John Farley recently interviewed Swift for The Wall Street Journal. He tells NPR's Michele Norris that the label's head, Scott Borchetta,said the much-discussed moment "did end up being a positive in her career in terms of name recognition."
West has been busy since the show aired, too. He'll release an album next month, but he's been offering songs for free download from his website every Friday for months. This weekend, he revealed a 35-minute video for one of the songs on My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, titled "Runaway."