Taylor Swift Scores Her Largest Sales Week Ever With New Version of “1989”

Taylor Swift at the 2018 AMA
Taylor Swift at the 2018 AMAs. Photo by John Salangsang/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9919915hb)

Taylor Swift never had any trouble hitting No. 1 with her albums, but doing it with 1989 (Taylor’s Version) feels extra special. She reclaimed her power and soared to the top of the Billboard 200 chart with this album, scoring the largest sales week of her career along the way.

Even before Swift’s latest re-recording came out, Swift had five albums with over one million copies sold on its debut under her belt: MidnightsReputation, the original 1989Red, and Speak Now. 1989 (Taylor’s Version) is her sixth album to cross this number, and she’s the only artist in the history of the Billboard 200 to achieve this feat.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) managed to earn 1.653 million equivalent album units during its first week on the chart, scoring the biggest week since Adele’s 25 in 2015. Traditional album sales comprised 1.359 million units, helping 1989 (Taylor’s Version) score the best-selling week of Swift’s career and sixth overall since Billboard started tracking music sales in 1991.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) was released to rave reviews on October 27, which just happens to be the ninth anniversary of the original album. In addition to featuring reworked versions of such smash hits as “Blank Space”, “Shake It Off”, and “Bad Blood”, this album also produced five new “from the vault” tracks, including “Is It Over Now?” and “Sl-t!”.