It may be no surprise that Taylor Swift is No. 1 again. But readers of the music industry’s tea leaves will be looking closely at how her new album, “Reputation” (Big Machine), does in the coming weeks.
Last week, “Reputation” sailed to No. 1 with a blockbuster opening, selling the equivalent of 1.2 million copies. Defying all trends of declining album sales, its first-week total was nearly as huge as Ms. Swift had for her last album, “1989,” which opened with almost 1.3 million three years ago. (In another act of defiance, “Reputation” as a whole remains unavailable on streaming services.)
And in Week 2? According to Nielsen, “Reputation” sold 232,000 copies as a full album in the seven days that ended on Thanksgiving; factoring in streams and downloads of individual tracks, that gave “Reputation” the equivalent of 256,000 album sales. That was more than enough to keep “Reputation” at No. 1.
But it was a notable dip compared to the 402,000 copies that “1989” sold in its second week out, and that album went on to top the chart for 11 weeks and sell more than six million copies. Will “Reputation” maintain the same momentum?
Singer Taylor Swift will bring her Reputation tour to Ireland next summer.
The 10-time Grammy winning popstar will take to Dublin's Croke Park on Friday, June 15 2018.
Tickets go on-sale to the general-public Friday, December 1.
Subscribers of TaylorSwift.com will have access to purchase tickets in advance beginning Wednesday November 29. The chart-topping singer last played Ireland in June 2015 to a sell-out crowd at the 3Arena.
The Swifties asked for it, and Taylor gave it to them: nine more dates have been added to the Reputation Tour due to overwhelming demand. Now, Swift will play three dates in the UK and Ireland, as well as an additional six dates across the United States.
The Taylor Swift Tix portal closed up shop through Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program, though, so fans looking to snag tickets to these dates -- or any others, had they not registered in time -- will have to wait until Dec. 13, Swift's birthday, when ticket sales open to the public.
The singer explained the additions and ticket sale options in a Facebook post, noting that the six new U.S. dates are actually additional shows for some of the most popular venues. There's plenty of time between tour stops, though, so there's still a possibility for Swift to add more dates in the future.
Taylor Swift’s Reputation album notches a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the first set to rack up three weeks atop the list since Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. in May. Reputation earned 147,000 equivalent album units (down 43 percent) in the week ending Nov. 30, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 131,000 were in traditional album sales (down 43 percent).
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Dec. 16-dated chart (where Reputation holds at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday (Dec. 5).
Only four albums have spent three or more weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017: Reputation, DAMN., Drake’s More Life and The Weeknd’s Starboy. DAMN. and More Life both spent three weeks atop the list, while Starboy claimed four frames at No. 1 in 2017, following one week at No. 1 in 2016, when it debuted at No. 1 (Dec. 27, 2016-dated list). Remarkably, the last album by a woman to earn at least three weeks at No. 1 was Adele’s 25, which clocked 10 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse between its chart-topping debut on Dec. 12, 2015 and its final week at No. 1 on March 12, 2016.
Fresh off her latest record-breaking album Reputation, Taylor Swift has reached a new milestone with her back catalog. Her sophomore album, Fearless, was certified diamond by the RIAA on Monday (Dec. 11).
Diamond status means the 2008 album has achieved sales and streams exceeding 10 million equivalent album units. One equivalent album unit, as recognized by the RIAA, is equal to: one album sale, 10 tracks sold from an album, or 1,500 on-demand audio and/or video streams from an album.
The RIAA revamped its Gold & Platinum Awards Program on Feb. 1, 2016, growing from a pure album sales certification process to one that includes tracks and streams.
The album, which went on to win album of the year at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, was also the best-selling album of 2009. It featured two of her biggest crossover hits: "Love Story" and "You Belong With Me."