Taylor Swift makes history as ‘1989’ tops charts

Global superstar and seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift’s critically acclaimed new album 1989 (Big Machine Records) earns massive sales of 1.287 million albums as comprised by SoundScan, debuts at #1 on the charts and marks the only time an artist has sold over one million albums on release week for a third time (2010’s Speak Now with 1.05 million, 2012’s Red with 1.21 million and 2014’s 1989 with 1.287 million). 1989 is the only album this year to sell over a million albums and comprised 22% of the overall total of albums sold this year.

“I was told to keep my expectations low because album sales were in decline, no one had sold over a million albums this year and the last time it happened on release week was with my album Red in 2012,” said Taylor Swift. “I was told my optimism was naive. I was told it was risky to change creative directions. I was told my album wouldn’t sell if it didn’t have my entire face on it. I listened to my intuition instead of all those voices. I’m so proud that my fans were able to show the world that art is important and is still valuable to them.”

1989 By The Numbers

  • Taylor Swift’s fourth #1 album to top Billboard Top 200 albums chart
  • 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in one week
  • Marks the largest selling week for any artist since 2002
  • 1989 comprised 22% of the entire album market this week
  • Its debut week sales sold more than the last eight #1 debuting albums on the Billboard Top 200 chart
  • 1989 marks the largest week for a physical album since Taylor’s last album Red was released in 2012
  • 1989 is the 19th album to sell a million copies in a week since the inception of SoundScan in 1991
  • Taylor sold more than two copies of 1989 every second

Swift recently announced The 1989 World Tour, which is produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG) and kicks off on May 20, 2015 in Louisiana. The 1989 World Tour features Vance Joy supporting all North American dates while Shawn Mendes is set to support all stadium dates in North America. The 1989 World Tour will encompass eight countries and span four continents including North America, Europe, Australia and Asia**. The first tickets for the North American leg will go on-sale to the general public on November 14th. American Express Card Members and members of TaylorSwift.com will have access to purchase tickets in advance beginning November 7th*. General ticketing and on-sale information will be available at TaylorSwift.com.

Swift is next set to perform at the 2014 American Music Awards (AMAs) on Sunday, November 23rd where she’ll perform her latest single, “Blank Space,” which sits at the top of the Hot 100 chart. The AMAs air on The ABC Television Network.

Author: Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites.