November 3rd, 2010
04:02 PM ET
Taylor Swift is clearly being heard by her fans.
Her new album, “Speak Now," will debut at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart with over 1 million copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
According to Billboard, there have only been 16 instances where an album sold at least a million copies in a week since SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. The last time was when Lil Wayne's “Tha Carter III" debuted in 2008.
Billboard reports that it's the largest sales week for an album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" debuted at No. 1 with 1,141,000 sold in 2005. The record week is currently held by NSYNC's "No Strings Attached," which debuted at No. 1 with 2,416,000 in 2000.
"Speak Now" marks Swift's second Billboard 200 No. 1 after her last project, "Fearless," started with 592,000 in 2008. It went on to spend 11 non-consecutive weeks at the top of the charts.
"Speak Now" has the second-largest sales week of any country album since 1991, topped by Garth Brooks' 1998 effort "Double Live" which started with 1,085,000.
Swift also achieves the biggest sales week of any female country act since 1991 – a record previously held by fellow crossover performer Shania Twain, whose "Up!" album debuted at No. 1 with 874,000 sold in 2002. It's also the biggest week for any album by a woman - regardless of genre - since 2000 when Britney Spears' "Oops! I Did It Again" made it to the No. 1 spot with more than 1.3 million sales .
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