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Just like that, 2014 has its first million-selling album.
Taylor Swift sold 1.287 million copies of 1989 last week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan. As a result, the album becomes the first released this year to sell a million copies, and the year’s second-highest seller overall, behind the Frozen soundtrack.
It also means Swift sold more than two copies of 1989 every second last week…
The week Red came out, it accounted for nearly one out of every five albums sold. With 1989, Swift’s percentage is even higher, grasping 22% of the total album sales for the week.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything be that high a share of the total market all by itself,” Nielsen SoundScan analyst David Bakula says.