Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Set to Open With a Million First-Week Sales
It looks like Taylor Swift's much-touted move to pop hasn't hurt her career prospects any.
The singer's brand-new album '1989' just dropped on Monday (Oct. 27), and Billboard is reporting that the project is likely to sell a million copies in its first week.
That number is all the more impressive in the context of the contemporary marketplace, with piracy and streaming impacting sales to such an extent that if predictions hold true, '1989' will be the first album released in 2014 to sell a million copies, let alone a million copies in one week. It would also mark the biggest opening week sales since Swift released her last studio album, 'Red.'
The news would make Swift the first artist in SoundScan history to post three, one million-selling opening weeks; 2010's 'Speak Now' opened with 1.05 million, and 'Red' debuted with 1.21 million sales in its first week in 2012.
'1989' would also become the second-best-selling album of 2014, in its first week. The top two sellers so far this year are the 'Frozen' soundtrack with 3.2 million, followed by Beyonce's self-titled album with 787,000 units sold. Both of those albums were released in 2013.
Swift released 'Shake It Off,' the first single from '1989,' in August. The new album marks her official move from country to pop. Swift has announced that she will release no new singles to country radio, and she will not attend any of the country music awards shows this year.
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