Industry insiders predicted it and now it’s official. Taylor Swift’s new album Red sold over one million copies during its first week- 1.21 million copies to be exact. That’s the biggest weekly total in a decade. Looks like all that hard work promoting it paid off. Everywhere you turned last week, the 22-year-old singer was there. Last week alone, Swift was on ABC’s Good Morning America, The View, 20/20 and Katie, CBS’ The Late Show With David Letterman and The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
With this latest accomplishment, Taylor becomes the first woman in chart history to have two albums sell over one million copies in their debut week. The only other artists to have ever achieved this feat are The Backstreet Boys (Millenium and Black and Blue), ‘N Sync (No Strings Attached and Celebrity) and Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show).
Red is only the 18th album to move a million units in a single week since SoundScan started tracking in 1991. Swift is now second only to Britney Spears who had a bigger week, when Oops! . . . I Did It Again sold 1.319 million in its debut in 2000. Overall, Red is the eighth largest debut in modern chart history. Taylor’s accomplishment is even more impressive given today’s music industry climate and the fact she didn’t have to heavily discount her album like Lady Gaga did with Born This Way which sold some units for 99 cents.
If you’re tired of seeing Taylor everywhere, I’m sorry to say that’s not going to end anytime soon. The “We Belong” singer graces the covers of Cosmopolitan and Elle Canada for December 2012. She even pops up on Delta’s inflight magazine, Sky. Check out all the covers below and vote for your favorite.