Taylor Swift's Red Has Best Debut in a Decade

Sells 1.2M copies in first week
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2012 8:44 AM CDT
This Oct. 23, 2012 file photo shows Taylor Swift performing on ABC's "Good Morning America" in New York.   (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

(Newser) – Yet another accolade for Taylor Swift: Her new album Red sold 1.2 million copies in its first week, giving it the highest single-week sales in a decade, MTV reports. (Eminem sold 1.3 million copies of The Eminem Show in its debut week in 2002.) Swift is also now the first woman to see two records sell more than a million units in just one week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking in 1991; her Speak Now crossed the million marker in 2010. Swift’s reaction to the Red news: “How is this real life?!” she tweeted.

But it’s not all happy Swift news: Sources confirm to People that the singer’s relationship with Conor Kennedy is indeed over, and if it’s printed in People you know it at least has a decent chance of being true. "I have the feeling she ended it," says one source who attends school with Conor. At least Taylor has one really big fan in English singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran: Click to see the tattoo he got honoring Swift's new album. (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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