When Taylor Swift’s new album ‘Red’ was announced for release, the singer might not have expected it to break records. The album has sold 1.2 million copies in the first week of its release, which pegs it as the highest first week sales of any album in the last 10 years.
According to Billboard the huge album sales is more than enough for the star to earn a direct number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 album charts. The last time an album sold more than 1.2 million in the first week was in 2002, when The Eminem Show sold 1.3 million copies for the rapper.
Ever since SoundScan started keeping a record of album sales back in 1991, they have not recorded any woman who has sold a million copies in their album’s first week twice. In 2010, Swift’s ‘Speak Now’ sold 1.047 million copies in its first week, and now ‘Red’ has sold 1.2 million.
In terms of female artists, the ‘We are never ever getting back together’ singers new album is only second in line after Brittany Spears’ ‘Oops!…I Did It Again’, which sold 1.319 million in its first week.
The ‘Mine’ singer has managed to sell 465,000 copies of her album on iTunes, as well as 396,000 albums on Target. 8,000 copies were also sold by Pizza company ‘Papa John’s Pizza as well’.