Taylor Swift Sells 1M Albums in First Week

It's the biggest seller in 5 years
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 12:01 PM CDT
Taylor Swift performs in New York City last month.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – Nice week for Taylor Swift: Her Speak Now album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts, racking up 1,047,000 sales. (That includes iTunes and the like.) Billboard rounds up some of the milestones:

  • It's the biggest single sales week for an album since 50 Cent's The Massacre sold 1,141,000 in 2005. (And the LA Times notes that Swift's feat may be more impressive given the state of the music industry.)

  • It's the biggest week for a country album since Garth Brooks sold 1,085,000 copies of Double Live in 1998.
  • She's one of only four women to crack the million mark, joining record-holder Britney Spears (1.3 million in 2000 for Oops!), Whitney Houston, and Norah Jones.

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