Taylor Swift’s album,
sold nearly 1.3 million copies in the USA in its first week, making it the biggest album release in 12 years.
The sales are the highest for an album during a single week since 2002 when Eminem’s The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million copies during its second week.
Statistically, the rap album sold fewer copies in the initial week after its release as it went on sale on a Friday. Swift’s album is on course to be by far the biggest album of the year as it is already the only record by a single artiste to go platinum — or sell more than one million copies — in 2014. The soundtrack to the film Frozen, which was released last year, has also won her similar laurels.
In another feat, Swift became the first artiste to pull a hat-trick of three albums going platinum. Her previous two albums Speak Now in 2010 and Red in 2012 also sold more than one million copies in their first weeks.