Taylor Swift Sells Over 1 Million Copies in First Week

Posted November 3, 2010 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Speak now…and forever hold your peace.

The new album from Taylor Swift spoke in volumes last week, as it made its ascent up the Billboard 200 to the number one spot. On its debut week, Nielsen Soundscan reports that the country-pop star sold a whopping 1,047,000 units. It’s the largest sales week from an album since 50 Cent’s The Massacre, which claimed #1 in 2005 selling 1,141,00 units.

Since Nielsen began their research of record sales in 1991, only 16 albums have exceeded the million mark in a week. The last time Soundscan reported a million-seller in one week was with Lil Wayne’s The Carter III in 2008. The record to break remains N*SYNC’s No Strings Attached, when it debuted at No. 1 selling well over two million copies.

Billboard reported last week that the label was eager to ship out 2 million copies of the CD, due to anticipation of the disc and successful singles like “Mine” and the album’s title cut. The latter made it debut on the Billboard Hot 100 at #8. The recent news of Swift’s 1-million mark for Speak Now delivers a shockwave of good news to a music industry awaiting on encouraging sings of better days ahead.

Her four-time Grammy award winning Fearless, sold 592,000 copies in its first week and is on its way to selling over 6 million copies.

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J Matthew Cobb

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