Taylor Swift's new album sells more than a million
November 3rd, 2010
04:02 PM ET

Taylor Swift's new album sells more than a million

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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    June 23, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  2. kc

    To: oh really
    Good music = Something on pitch, melody, harmony, doesn't require tons of makeup or big fluffy dresses or auto-tune microphones and background tracks to fill in, a beautiful tone, a range of maybe more than one octave, ohhhh, just something that NON tone deaf people can stomach 🙂

    November 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. renee

    i love taylor and her songs 🙂

    November 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. brittany

    She can not sing live at all. yes, her songs are catchy and all that jazz but i guess. Kanye gave her all this attention, damn you kanye lol

    November 5, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. AllTyme

    Beyonce still has one of the GREATEST albums of ALL TIME!

    November 4, 2010 at 6:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Nick

    I love how people call this girl sweet and precious like they really know her. I think she is ok but sorry, to one of the posters above, she is not now nor ever will she be a Dolly Parton.

    November 4, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. chard

    we bought the album and then promptly lost the cover! now i have a cd only, bummed. gonna have to go buy another so i can look at her pictures and read the lyrics. will have an extra cd if anyone wants it. call me up 1808 eat-poop.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. NashVegas

    Taylor Swift is a precious, talented singer/songwriter. Her voice is her instrument! She makes it her own! Many great singers have had unique voices. Parton, Jaggar, Young, Bjork, Dillion, Cash, Gray, list goes on. Individuality is what makes her. Many people can stand on their own and not follow the crowd. I'm sure the haters are typical losers trying to be cool. Kanye has absolutely nothing to do with Taylor's success! I can't believe people actually think because of that rude incident people went out and bought an album! Ridiculous! Grow up imbeciles! Accept the fact that someone from Nashville can be actually be successful!

    November 4, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  9. dev

    i think taylor is a great person with some talent but the whole ordeal with kanye kinda made her famous
    but when she sings its just like someone reading off a poem no voice to it just words

    November 3, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cisco

      She was famous BEFORE the Kanye incident. She was accepting an AWARD for best female video when he went up there! If you aren't famous, you wouldn't be getting an award right?

      November 4, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Steven

    Please Support MONDO from project Runway he got Robbed join the facebook page..we need million friends


    November 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. oh em gee

    wow. taylor swift seems like a sweet girl and everything. but lets face it. the girl can not sing! she basically talks with style. even that is propbably giving more credit than deserved. truth hurts.

    November 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Karen

    Gooooooo Taylor!!!.

    November 3, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kammy, San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago

    Really? One million? I'd never have guessed that so many people had bad taste in music. There goes quality.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • oh really

      Not that I agree or disagree with your comment, but what, may I ask, do you consider to be good music?

      November 3, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. enigmatic

    I am really happy for taylor! I bought her target CD because it had some extra tracks and well worth the money!

    November 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    There's hope for the music industry after all. Cheers, Taylor!

    November 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  16. WOW

    I am suprised she has sold that many. Her songs are great and catchy but she can't sing in person to save her life. If you go to a live concert watch out.

    November 3, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maureen

      Totally agree. She sounds horrible live...I'm actually embarassed for her everytime she attempts to sing live. 1 million 15 yr. olds bought her album. Big Deal Folks!

      November 3, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joanne

      I saw Taylor perform live in May and she was great. A few off notes, as any live singer can have, but overall it was an energetic, theatrical and tremendous performance. I'd sooner hear a few pitchy notes than outright lip-synching for $65 a ticket!!

      November 5, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Cisco

    I'll say it before some idiot does, "Taylor Swift wouldn't sell that many copies if it wasn't for Kanye!" lol screw u Kanye. Good job Taylor!

    November 3, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |

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