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Taylor Swift Just Went to No. 1 on iTunes Canada With Eight Seconds of Static

Taylor Swift Just Went to No. 1 on iTunes Canada With Eight Seconds of Static

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Oct. 21 2014 10:41 AM

Taylor Swift Just Went to No. 1 on iTunes Canada With Eight Seconds of Static 

If there’s ever been any question about the power of Taylor Swift’s name to move records, this should dispel it. Some sort of glitch in the Canadian version of iTunes Tuesday morning led to the release of what was ostensibly a new track from her album. The record, for now titled only “Track 3,” is nothing more than eight seconds of static, but that didn’t stop fans from taking it straight to No. 1.

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As of this morning the eight seconds of white noise—which we should have embedded for your pleasure shortly—remains at No. 1, where it sits just ahead of, of course, two other songs from Taylor Swift.

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(Thanks to @KelleyLocke for the tip.)

Forrest Wickman is Slate’s culture editor overseeing music and movies coverage.