Taylor Swift Sells Over 1.2 Million Copies of New Album “1989” in Less Than a Week


Global superstar and seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift’s critically acclaimed new album 1989 earns massive sales of 1.287 million albums (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 million2012’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.”


  •  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 year
  • 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

Taylor 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.

Taylor Swift is the only artist in history to have three million-selling weeks (2010’s Speak Now, 2012’s RED and 2014’s 1989).

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.