Taylor Swift's “Reputation” album sells 1.2M copies in US
It's official: Taylor Swift's “Reputation” album sold 1.216 million copies in its first week in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music. That sum -- reflecting the tracking week ending November 16 -- is the 10th-largest sales week for any album since Nielsen Music began electronically tracking sales in 1991 and Swift's fourth million-selling week. She is the only artist in Nielsen Music history to achieve four million-selling weeks. (Previously, both Swift and Adele had three million-selling frames.)
“Reputation” is Swift's sixth studio album and was released on November 10 through Big Machine Records.
Swift earlier earned million-selling weeks with the debut weeks of each of her last three studio sets: “1989” (1.287 million in 2014), “Red” (1.208 million, 2012) and “Speak Now” (1.047 million, 2010).
“Reputation” debut sales sum is the largest sales week for any album since the week ending November 26, 2015, when Adele's “25” bowed with a Nielsen Music-era one-week record of 3.378 million copies. (“25” is the only album with multiple million-selling weeks. Following its debut, it sold 1.112 million in its second week, and 1.157 million in its fifth frame.)
As earlier reported, “Reputation” is already the best-selling album of 2017. It surpassed the total sales of the year's previous No. 1 seller, Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide), which has sold 931,000 through November 16.
“Reputation” also debuts at No. 1 on the consumption-based Billboard 200 albums chart dated December 2, giving Swift her fifth chart topping effort. It follows her previous leaders “1989”,” Red”, “Speak Now,” and “Fearless” (2008).