The final numbers for Taylor’s first-week sales of Red are in, and the final number is 1, 209, 817 copies! Congratulations, Taylor!
It’s official: Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” sold 1.322 million in its first full week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
“Red” also easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, scoring Swift her third chart-topper.
“Red” is only the 18th album to sell a million units in a single week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Its start ranks as the eighth biggest sales week in that span of time. The SoundScan-era record week is held by *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” when it debuted at No. 1 with 2.416 million in 2000.