Taylor Swift Scores the Largest Sales Week of Her Career With “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”

Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards
Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in 2018. Photo by John Salangsang/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9919915hb)

Expectations were running high for Taylor Swift’s latest re-recording 1989 (Taylor’s Version), and she managed to exceed them all. This album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with the largest sales week of Swift’s career and the biggest week overall in almost a decade.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) soared to No. 1 with 1.653 million equivalent album units earned, including 1.359 million in traditional sales alone. By doing so, it set the record for the largest sales week for any of Swift’s albums, surpassing 1.287 million sold by the original 1989 in 2014.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) is Swift’s sixth album to have sold at least a million in a single week, joining MidnightsReputation, the original 1989Red, and Speak Now. She’s the only act since Billboard started tracking album sales in 1991 to achieve this Billboard 200 milestone.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) is also the year’s top-selling album, and it scored the largest week for any album since 2015 when Adele’s 25 launched at No. 1.

It also scored the sixth largest week for any album overall, behind Adele’s 25 (3.378 million), *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (2.416 million, in 2000) and Celebrity (1.878 million, 2001), Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (1.76 million, 2000), Backstreet Boys’ Black & Blue (1.591 million, 2000).

1989 (Taylor’s Version) hit the shelves on October 27, the ninth anniversary of the original album, and it produced five “from the vault” tracks including the smash hit “Is It Over Now?”.