Taylor Swift Poised to Make Pop Music History

If '1989' hits 1M sales in first week, as predicted
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2014 10:57 AM CDT
Taylor Swift performs on stage at CBS Radio's second annual "We Can Survive" concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Oct. 24, 2014, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Todd Williamson/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) Billboard is forecasting that Taylor Swift's 1989 will likely sell at least a million copies in its first week—and if that happens, Swift will become the first pop music act in history to pull off what the Los Angeles Times calls a "hat trick." The album, released at midnight Monday, would be her third consecutive one to sell more than a million copies during its debut week, a feat that's never been achieved before.

It would also be just the 19th album to ever hit the million mark in one week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991; the first million-seller this year and the second-biggest-selling album of the year (topped only by the Frozen soundtrack); and the biggest debut-week seller since Swift's last album, Red, sold 1.21 million copies in 2012.

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