Taylor Swift’s album 1989 was just released in stores nationwide on Tuesday and it is already on its way to selling over 1 million copies in a week. The week will officially end on November 2, as far as record-keeping goes. It will become the only album of 2014 to have sold over 1 million copies, according to Billboard.
When was the last time an album sold over a million copies? The year was 2012, and the album was another Taylor Swift one, Red. According to industry forecasters, sales of 1989 could hit 1.2 million copies by the end of its first week that it has been available in retail outlets.
For comparison purposes, Red sold 1.21 million copies its first week available. If 1989 sells 1.2 million, it will fall short, though barely, of the sales of Red. Sales of 1989 have already come close to topping the 1 million mark, which will make Taylor Swift the only artist in history, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to have 1 million copies or more sold upon first opening on the Billboard 200.
1989, which launched in stores nationwide on October 27, is the fifth studio album that Taylor Swift has created so far. When the next Billboard 200 chart comes out on Wednesday, November 5, 1989 will more than likely be sitting at the number one spot.
The breakdown in Swift’s album sales indicates that on its first day available, October 27, 1989 sold over 600,000 albums, mostly from Target stores, where the album carries an additional 19 tracks, and Apple’s iTunes Store.
Also in Taylor Swift News, Tay Tay is generously donating all of the proceeds she makes from her track, Welcome to New York, to New York City Public Schools, according to an announcement she made on today on The View.
Swift thinks of New York City as her adopted hometown, and she stated “that I feel like when I love something, I’m very vocal about it.” Taylor Swift was recently name a “Global Welcome Ambassador” and she is an enthusiastic promoter of the Big Apple. She stated that she goes around telling everyone “New York is amazing.”
The Swift song, Blank Space, off of 1989, is having strong digital sales. It is sitting in the number 2 spot at the iTunes site. Sales of it have been so good it has already been designated with official single status.
In Blank Space, Taylor Swift vents her feelings about the media, who she claims have been making her to appear as she’s a maneater who exacts a measure of revenge on her ex-lovers by writing songs about them. She might not deliberately try to get revenge on them through her lyrics, but at the least, she has made references to some of the men she has been romantically linked to in her songs.
With 1989 already surging to sales of over 1 million copies, will it do better in its first week in stores than Red? Already, Swift is headed into the history books for her record feat of having three albums in a row reach sales of over a million their first week out. The only question remaining is just how high the sales numbers will eventually hit for 1989 during its first week out.
Written By Douglas Cobb