Who said big first week album sales are a thing of the past? Well, they're right, but Taylor Swift has basically defied logic and sold an incredible 1.2 million copies of her new album, 1989, in the first week of sales, according to Billboard. This was easily good enough for the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart, and marks Swift's fourth #1 album in her still very young career.
This was the highest selling first week for an album since 2002 when Eminem moved 1.322 million units in the first week for his The Eminem Show album. So yeah, like we said, Taylor has basically defied logic. This is also already the best selling album on 2014 and the only one to sell a million copies in total, passing Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour, which currently sits at 746,000 copies sold. Taylor now joins some elite company, becoming the 19th album to sell a million copies in the first week of sales since SoundScan started tracking the numbers back in 1991.