In a relatively short span of time, Taylor Swift has quickly become a tried-and-true hitmaker on Billboard’s various rock charts, as she recently pivoted away from both country and pop and tried her hand at alternative sounds and folk. Now, as she preps her next era, the singer-songwriter lands yet another big win on the rock-only rankings, proving herself to be one of the most popular rock acts in America at the moment.
This week, Swift collects another top 10 hit on the two most important rock-leaning Billboard charts as her latest release “Renegade” opens inside the highest tier on two lists. The song, a collaboration between the superstar and power duo Big Red Machine (made up of The National’s Aaron Dressner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon), arrived with little warning, but fans of all three musicians (but perhaps mostly Swift) rushed to stream and buy the tune, and now it’s a quick win for all involved.
“Renegade” scores the loftiest debut this week on both the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Alternative Songs (a breakout of the other ranking) charts. On the former, it opens at No. 9, and it performs slightly better on the second tally, launching at No. 7.
Swift has now appeared inside the top 10 on both of those charts with 18 different tracks, with this latest release being another instant hit for the multi-talented musician. “Renegade” grants Big Red Machine their first placement on both tallies, though the two members have garnered a number of hits with their other projects.
Helping “Renegade” perform as well as it has in its first week on the charts is a very healthy sales count, one that is large enough to make it one of the bestselling rock tracks of not only this frame, but perhaps of 2021. Swift and Big Red Machine’s collaboration starts off at No. 1 on the Alternative Digital Song Sales chart, and it opens inside the top 10 (at No. 8) on the all-genre Digital Song Sales ranking.
It hasn’t been very long since Swift last appeared inside the top 10 on either the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs or the Hot Alternative Songs charts, as much of the material from her two recent albums Folklore and Evermore found its way into the loftiest space at one point or another.