Kennedy-wedding crasher and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift is breaking records once again. Her latest album, Red, which debuted yesterday, is on track to sell a million copies in its first week of release. If the record goes platinum, Swift will be the first artist in a decade to have two back-to-back albums reach the million mark during debut week.
According to Billboard, Red sold above 500,000 copies on its first day – that number includes a record-breaking 160,000 tracks sold at Target and a boost from sales at the pizza chain, Papa John’s. There’s also the 4.5 million tracks sold via iTunes, prior to the release of the record.
Earlier this month Mumford & Sons‘ Babel sold 600,000 copies during debut week, and that reassured us that people are still interested in buying music. Swift’s Speak Now also went platinum during its first week, selling north of one million copies, making it the fastest selling album since 50 Cents‘ The Massacre.
Only three others have ever been able to pass one million units in sales of two consecutive albums. Backstreet Boys’ Millenium in 1999 and Black & Blue in 2000, ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached in 2000 and Celebrity in 2001, and Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000 and The Eminem Show in 2002.
We’ll find out if Swift joins these bad boys next Tuesday, when the final numbers are out.
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