Taylor Swift sold 1.287 million copies of 1989 last week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. As a result, the album becomes the first released this year to sell a million copies, and the year's second-highest seller overall, behind the Frozen soundtrack.
It also means Swift sold more than two copies of 1989 every second last week. Swift is the first act ever to have three albums sell a million copies in a week. In 2010, her Speak Now sold 1.047 million. Two years ago, Red debuted with 1.21 million sales, the last album to top the million mark in a week.
Only 18 albums have sold a million copies in a week previously. Swift fell just shy of the 1.319 million copies Britney Spears sold of Oops! ... I Did It Again in 2000, the most ever by a female act. That week, Oops! accounted for 8% of total album sales. The week Red came out, it accounted for nearly one out of every five albums sold. With 1989, Swift's percentage is even higher, grasping 22% of the total album sales for the week.
Swift sold 470,000 copies of 1989 at Target, which carried a deluxe edition of the album with six additional tracks. In other words, Swift sold more copies of her album at Target than the year's next-highest debut — Coldplay's Ghost Stories, with 383,000 — sold everywhere.
The last time an album sold as many copies as 1989 did first week, it was 2002, I was 12, and going through my 'braids phase'. #nofilternecessary
Swift's sales exceeded industry projections at nearly every step of the way. Initially, industry analysts predicted 1989 would sell approximately 1.1 million albums. Three weeks ago, the number was downgraded to 750,000, Caulfield says, "because of the general overall downturn in the marketplace and how other significant releases were performing."
For fans who already have Taylor Swift's new album 1989 on repeat, here's a new video to deepen the obsession. And for those who haven't heard the whole thing yet, here's a way to take a tour of the songs in under four minutes.
Wearing Swift T-shirts, the duo runs through each pop anthem from "Welcome to New York" and "Out of the Woods" to "Clean" with pitch-perfect results. (Well, except for their jokey take of "Bad Blood" at the very end.) Pentatonix – the other members are Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola – recently released a new album called That's Christmas to Me.
But the band utilizes Swift's album to show off their vocal abilities. And 1989 also made history this week: More copies sold in one week than any album since 2002, when Eminem sold over a million copies of The Eminem Show.
After selling 1.287 million copies of 1989 in its first week, Swift held on to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard albums chart this week, selling 402,000 copies. Even though that's a 69% drop in sales, it's still ahead of the debut for Coldplay's Ghost Stories, which sold 383,000 copies its first week out in May.
Bette Midler had the week's highest debut, according to Billboard, landing at No. 3 with It's the Girls. Calvin Harris' Motion entered the chart at No. 5. The Now 52 compilation held its No. 2 spot from the previous week. Jason Aldean had the week's best-selling country album, moving 35,000 copies of Old Boots, New Dirt, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Though that was a drop of 17% from the previous week, it still was enough to move him from No. 5 to No. 4 on Billboard's main album chart.
Other acts saw huge percentage increases in album sales after performing on the Country Music Association Awards show last Wednesday. Weekly numbers for Miranda Lambert's Platinum more than tripled in the wake of her album-of-the-year win. Lambert's husband, male vocalist of the year Blake Shelton, got a big bump, too, as his Bringing Back the Sunshine sold nearly 21,000 copies, a 135% increase from the previous week.
Brantley Gilbert, who also appeared on the CMA Awards, saw one of the week's biggest sales jumps. His Just As I Am album more than tripled its sales from the previous week, moving from No. 62 to No. 9 on the albums chart. Gilbert's album was discounted to 99 cents in the Google Play store during the week, accounting for much of the increase.
Kacey Musgraves' Follow Your Arrow, which won song of the year, sold 9,000 downloads after the win — a 645% increase in weekly sales. Musgraves' Same Trailer Different Park moved back onto Billboard's country albums chart, increasing its week-over-week sales by 237%. Meghan Trainor had the week's top-selling download, as All About That Bass moved back into the No. 1 spot after her performance on the CMAs with Lambert helped boost the song's weekly sales 43% to 190,000.
Taylor Swift has been paid less than $500,000 in the past 12 months for domestic streaming of her songs, Scott Borchetta, the CEO of Taylor Swift’s record label, the independent Nashville-based Big Machine, told TIME Wednesday.
His statement is the latest salvo in an increasingly heated disagreement between Swift and Spotify. The disagreement has sent ripples through the music industry, with the country’s most successful musician removing her work from an admired new online music model.
According to Borchetta, the actual amount his label has received in return for domestic streams of Swift’s music—$496,044—is drastically smaller than the amount Spotify has suggested the artist receives. That sum represents only a portion of the amount paid out by the streaming service. Spotify CEO Daniel Ek said Tuesday that the label for an artist of Swift’s popularity could expect to receive $6 million in the next year from the streaming service as the site’s audience grows. Borchetta said his label had made more from streaming Taylor Swift’s videos on the video site Vevo than it has from putting her music on Spotify.
On Nov. 3, Swift pulled her entire catalog from the streaming service, which claims over 50 million users, more than 10 million of whom have paid subscriptions. No artist today can match Swift’s popularity: her new album 1989 has sold nearly 1.7 million copies nationwide in its first two weeks on sale, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Swift and Borchetta both say that removing her music from Spotify is meant to make a larger point.
Taylor Swift's "1989" topped the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for the third consecutive week on Wednesday. The most pop-oriented turn from the onetime country singer sold 312,000 copies last week, according to figures compiled by NielsenSoundscan. "1989" is the second album of the year, behind the soundtrack to Disney's animated film "Frozen," to spend at least three weeks atop the chart.
Swift's album has so far sold 2 million copies. It is the second-best selling album of 2014 after the "Frozen" soundtrack, which has sold 3.25 million copies. The singer this week also became the first woman to replace herself atop Billboard's Hot 100 song chart as Swift's "Blank Space" bumped her song "Shake It Off" from No. 1, Billboard said.
Swift, 24, bested a slew of new releases on the album chart, including rock group Foo Fighters' "Sonic Highways," which was at No. 2 with 190,000 copies sold. Rock band Pink Floyd's "Endless River" was third with 170,000 copies, while country singer Garth Brooks' first album in 13 years, "Man Against Machine," was fourth with 130,000 in sales.
At No. 5 was "Cadillactica," the latest album from U.S. rapper Big K.R.I.T., which sold 44,000 copies. Pop-rock singer Nick Jonas, formerly of teen rock band the Jonas Brothers, was No. 6 with 37,000 in sales. Album sales for the week ending Nov. 16 were 5.4 million, flat compared with the same week last year, according to Billboard. Year-to-date album sales total 209.5 million, a 13 percent decline compared with the same period last year.