It’s official: Country star Taylor Swift’s new, well-received disc Speak Now—which hit retailers a week ago today—has sold one million copies in its first week, according to HITS Daily Double. The site also reports that Swift’s total percentage of music sales for the week will be between 17 and 18 percent, meaning that nearly one in every five albums purchased in the past seven days was Speak Now.
The million-mark part of the story, however, is the most impressive: Just consider that no album has sold a million albums in a first week since the debut of Lil’ Wayne’s Tha Carter III in 2008. Swift’s sales will also likely be the largest week for a country artist since Shania Twain’s Up sold 874K copies in November 2002. In fact, a country artist hasn’t sold more than a million albums in a week since Garth Brooks’ Double Live in November 1998.
Are you shocked by this news? Are you one of the million-plus people who took the plunge and bought Speak Now?
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