Taylor Swift adds a new milestone to her career. And the re-recorded version of ‘1989’ has sold more copies in its first week in the United States than the original album. If ‘1989’ added 1,287,000 units in 2014, ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ amounts to 1,653,000 units, Billboard reports.
This monstrous figure makes ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ the album that has sold the most copies in its first week since 2015, the year in which Adele managed to move a still unattainable 3,482,000 units with her album ’25’. We will know the Spanish data in the next few hours.
With these figures in hand – always sticking to the United States – Taylor Swift’s new re-recorded album becomes one of the 7 albums that have sold the most units in its week of release in the United States of all time. Of the 1,653,000 units shipped, 1,359,000 comprise traditional sales, placing seventh in the total count. ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ has been sold in up to 15 different physical editions, to which are added several digital editions.
Just counting physical sales, Taylor is selling the same in 2023 as Backstreet Boys and Eminem during the golden era of the music industry, a time when millions and millions of CDs were easily sold prior to the arrival of piracy and the consolidation of streaming. . Only another contemporary, Adele, is her rival right now.
With this panorama, there are already voices that speculate that Taylor Swift’s next album of original material – the one that follows ‘Midnights’ – could reach two million units sold in its first week: there would be no commercial ceiling for Taylor Swift. Does anyone doubt it?
This is the list of the 10 best-selling albums in its first week in the United States, exclusively encompassing physical sales. Taylor is not the only artist who repeats: the curious thing is that she does it with what is practically the same album.
1.- 25, by Adele, 3,378,000 units
2.- No Strings Attached, by *NSYNC, 2,416,000 units
3.- Celebrity, from *NSYNC, 1,880,000 units
4.- The Marshall Matters LP, by Eminem, 1,760,000 units
5.- Black & Blue, by Backstreet Boys, 1,591,000 units
6.- Encore, by Eminem, 1,582,000 units
7.- 1989 (Taylor’s Version), by Taylor Swift, 1,359,000 units
8.- The Eminem Show, by Eminem, 1,322,000 units
9.- Oops!…I Did it Again, by Britney Spears, 1,319,000 units
10.- 1989, by Taylor Swift, 1,287,000 units