Swift debuts at #1 after selling over one million albums

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Taylor Swift has made history again. The 20-year country-pop superstar’s third album Speak Now has debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart after selling an astonishing 1,047,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s the largest sales week for an album since 50 Cent’s The Massacre debuted at #1 with 1,141,000 in March of 2005.

There have only been 16 instances where an album sold at least a million copies in a week since SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991, the last time being Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III in June of 2008.

Speak Now is Swift’s consecutive album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 after her last album, Fearless debuted #1 in November of 2008. It sold 592,000 copies in its first week and and spent 11 non-consecutive weeks at #1. Speak Now also marks the biggest week for any album by a woman in any genre and the second-largest sales week of any country album since 1991.

Swift responded to the news by thanking her fans in a message on her Twitter page. “I can’t believe this,” she wrote. “You guys have absolutely lit up my world.”

Nielsen SoundScan, which fuels Billboard’s music sales charts, tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product, aggregating data from more than 20,000 retailers in the U.S. (including digital download services like iTunes and Amazon MP3), which represents more than 95% of retail music product sales in the U.S.

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