Taylor Swift's 'Speak Now' sells a million copies in first week

taylor-swiftIt’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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  • Billie Jean

    Way to go T-Swift, she’s amazing. To sell a million copies in one week in 2010 is just insane. That just shows that she is here to stay, unlike the other young artists. As long as she keeps writing genuine songs that connect with people all over the world, she’ll keep selling records. Her fan base is clearly growing. Take that Kanye! You wish you could sell 1M copies in a week! It will never happen again. T-Swift is the last artist to do it!

    • allie

      YAYAYAYAYAY!!!! I love, Love, LOVE her new album! I bought it the day it came out! I have already memorized a few of the songs! The haters can hate all they want, but the fact is Taylor Swift is a phenomenon that most can only dream of being!

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      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        Of course someone will sell one millions units again. When Taylor releases her junior album in 2 years.

        :)

      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        Ooopsie. I meant when she releases her senior album in 2 years.

        :)

    • Vighorois

      The biggest one-week total copies sold are by *Nsync. See how fast they fell besides Justin Timberlake. Selling 1 million copies is an achievement in and of itself, but it doesn’t mean she’s here to stay.

      • Tasha

        Yea, but the one with the actually talent and fanbase stayed around. Thats what I think Taylor has created..her own loyal fanbase…that’s what it takes these days…

      • AcaseofGeo

        Vig, Nsync didn’t really “fall”. They broke up. There is a HUGE difference. Plus, this is her THIRD album, so its not like she’s a flash in the pan. Why the harsh leaning comment?

      • Brent

        Hey N’Sync never wrote their own songs. All their big hits were dependent upon other songwriters. End of discussion.

    • Preston

      Don’t be surprised if Kanye West sells a million his first week or close to it. I would love to see a Taylor / Kanye chart showdown at 1 and 2 in November, each going back and forth in sales.

      • Tasha

        I’m a Kanye fan and I would be absolutely shocked if he sold a million…

      • Taryn

        The only way Kanye will sell 1 million of his upcoming album is if he buys 700,000 copies himself. He’ll be lucky is he clears 300,000 his first week. His song Runaway sucks big time and the song Monster is totally obscene. Nicki Minaj has some potty mouth. Kanye will not sell a million his first week.

      • anya

        Kanye selling a million in a week is extremely unlikely.

      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        The likelihood of aliens attacking Earth is more of a possibly than Mr Meanie West overtaking the magical million mark in his first week.

        :(

      • Kenley

        Kanye is trying to get sympathy by giving another fake apology to Taylor so he can get more sales of his new album that comes out latet this month. He has no scruples. He just got through saying she didn’t deserve her Album of the Year Grammy. What a loser. @@

      • Say What?

        Kanye will make Platinum ….. but wait …..

        ……. still waiting …..

        by the end of his album’s run …. if he’s lucky.

      • Glass Menagerie

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    • Brian

      I can’t believe people have such crap taste in music. Taylor Swift? What a waste.

      • Dan

        So true. All that money spent on an album that is basically one song and repetitive versions of it

      • Amalia

        Yeah! Unorftunately…YOU ARE RIGHT! Taylor swift…baring…..no personality, no style………..

        What are we aiming for? Tasteless music?

      • gates

        yes! fianlly! i was getting steadily more afraid as i was scrolling through this comments. i was starting to think i was the only one with any good taste (or taste at all) in music left. glad to see i’m not alone =) Dan- that’s what i have *always* thought. you can hear the first three chords of her swong, and you know it’s a Swift “original” (yes i know they’re all really by her, but can it be considered original when she’s copying herself over and over again?)

      • gates

        *these comments *of one of her songs

      • Kenley

        So many are quick to judge when they probably can’t even write a simple tune to save their lives. @@

      • datruth82

        Agreed. I’m happy for her success – she obviously does travel, tour and work very hard for her success. And, the girl is gorgeous. But, she can’t sing…a lick. And, she makes the same song over and over again. It would be better if all her hard work led to a good voice…but, I guess 1MM albums sold in a week will have to do. lol :)

      • Arianna

        For a nonfan of Taylor who says she “makes the same song over and over again”, what a ingenius way to recycle and bring in the fans and make mega millions of dollars. Perhaps we should all find out Taylor’s secret so that other artists can do this and all have million selling albums the first week out.

        ***Oh brother***

    • Shifty

      Ha Ha she should send Kanye West a thank you note, a fruit basket, and a box of chocolates!I never heard of this chick before last yr! Bring back SHANIA TWAIN!

      • Shania’s Old

        Shania’s 45 now and she’s been saying for several years now that she wants to release new material but nothing has come of it. I think she’s just ran out of ideas or maybe she fears coming back out now after being gone from the industry for so long makes hear fear failure. She’s got a lot to live up to since she’s had such a good track record back in the 90s and early 2000s. If she does release a new album, I doubt she have the immense sales that she experienced back when she was really popular. It’s Taylor’s time now to shine. Out with the old and in with the new. Tough to face this but that’s the way things are in the music biz.

      • Kenley

        That’s kind of rough. Shania contribute much to country music as Taylor is doing right now for our generation. She’s made a lot of history for herself and for that she should be respected. We all will get old, but accomplishments should never be forgotten and Shania has accomplished much for the country and crossover pop music genre. Faith Hill also should be included with this. All 3 women are to be commended for their great effort.

      • Arianna

        I don’t believe Shania wants to come back to music. It’s been several years in the making and still nothing from her camp about an eventual album in the near future.

    • Emily

      I agree with Seraphina that it will happen again when Taylor releases her 4th album. Speak Now is amazing and I guess it’ll have to hold me over until her next album.

    • Angela

      I just want to say it is a great achievement for Taylor to sell platinum plust her first week out. Speak Now is a verified hit!

  • Lightning

    Yay! I’m so happy that Taylor sold 1million! I’m soo proud of her, I knew she could do it! And I bought 2 of them

    • Kenley

      Ok, I bought only one but that’s all I can afford right now. I bought 3 copies of Fearless and gave 2 of them to friends. Time are kinda tough right now. I hope I won’t be thrown out of the Taylor fanclub.

      • Jaden

        I think most people only bought 1 cd. I don’t know any of my friends who are Taylo fans that bought more than 1.

  • Horacio Reyna

    I pre ordered Speak Now back in September and went to Target to get the Deluxe Edition October 25th. WAY TO GO TAYLOR SWIFT. God Bless All Of You!

  • Frank from MusicNerdClub.com

    Good for her! She is a real talent, and genuine proof that sincerity still counts for a lot in the country and pop music genres.

    • Jada

      Really?

      • Kenley

        Yes really. She’s broken over 5 Billboard records just in the last month alone. Genuine talent and sincerity with conviction of purpose gives Taylor the edge in everything she does.

    • datruth82

      I don’t get this. Do people honestly think Taylor Swift cares about them or that they’re ‘proud’ of her? Seriously, all fans are is more money in her pocket. I don’t get why people feel a sense of accomplishment when they spend their hard earned money to help a celebrity do well. The celebrity doesn’t care about them. Heck, if you saw the same Taylor Swift on the street, she’d probably have security and bodyguards hold you back.

      • Arianna

        Maybe that would happen if you were an unknown guy that she has never seen come suddenly rushing her on the street, but Taylor is exactly the opposite of what you’re saying at all her meet and greets and concert events. She is very nice and genuine and you never get the sense that she is “just being fake” in order to satiate her fans. You obviously have no idea of what you are saying and it’s apparent you’ve never met Taylor in person because she is as warm and sincere as an individual can be. Yes, you are probably correct in saying that many celebrities may act that way, but you’ve got it totally wrong about Taylor.

    • Jan

      I’m guessing your a Justin Bieber fan too, then?

      • Jaden

        Bieber is a fan of Taylor’s so I think Taylor admires his work too. Just because they’re friends doesn’t mean Taylor fans are Bieber fans also. Is it that difficult to disassociate this connection or is that too difficult to comprehend? Take time to think about the answer.

  • jpratm

    Solid ! Good for her ! Album is decent true and simple. Viva La Swift !!

  • Bebe

    One thing they’re forgetting to mention in all of this is that most retailers, including Target and Amazon, were selling Taylor’s new CD at a HUGE discount. Amazon was selling the cd for $8, for instance. That’s $11 off the retail price. So of course it sold a truckload. But did anyone besides Ms. Swift and her record company make any money off of it? Doubtful.

    • bbc

      Sour grapes much, Bebe?

      • Bebe

        I don’t have a horse in this race, honey. In fact I bought a copy of her CD on Amazon.com. For $8, which is a great price. But it’s a loss-leader price. That’s all I’m saying.

      • Kenley

        Target always has sale prices for new releases and Taylor’s album wasn’t sold for any less than other artists’ albums. She had minimal sales through the Amazon mp3 method. @@

    • matt

      I bought it at Target for $14 and that’s pretty typical (or higher) so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

      • Paul

        Wait, I got mine for 3.99 on Amazon… was it an error? Woo hoo!

      • Kenley

        You got the mp3 and nothing else. Whoop de doo. True Taylor fans buy the whole package with all the embellishments. @@

      • Arianna

        I would feel cheated if I own only the mp3 download. That may only suffice for speculators, but true fans buy the whole package. Anybody get the glitter or diamond packages?

      • Jaden

        All Target stores stopped selling her regular and deluxe editions at sale prices. They’re both back up to the normal retail sale prices of which Target usually sells. First week sales of high profile artists are usually on sale for that week only.

    • Julia

      Uhh, I bought the extended version for AUD$23 on itunes. Definately the standard pricing for this. Regardless, to sell 1 MILLION copies in the first week is hugely reliant on dedicated fans. Other fans that are only swayed to buy her music because of a discount usually aren’t totally concerned with making sure they purchase it in the first week…

    • stjoelive

      Huge discount? Adam Lambert and Arcade Fire’s most recent releases (which went for $3.99 for MP3 Downloads in their first week of release) were huge discounts. The prices you’re speaking of are pretty much par for the course today. I’m not a Swift-obsessed fan by any means, but the fact that one million people actually went out and paid for a copy of her album is pretty impressive.

      • Karl

        Well, I wasn’t a Swift obssessed fan either. I thought her debut was a whole crock of kiddie tunes.

        Then Fearless was a whole lot better, but by the last three songs it ran out of steam, IMO.

        Then Speak Now came out, and I fell in love in it, from Mine to Long Live (my favorite track on the CD).

        She grew up a lot. Maturity is evident in all her songs.

      • Brian

        Get your facts right. Arcade Fire and Adam Lambert went on sale for 1 day for $3.99 on Amazon and it virtually had no impact. If you take one sec out to research you can see both their down load sales from Amazon were minimal at best. Damn but I hate when people shoot their mouths off to spread distortions. Are you Republican or something

    • LG

      Bebe is just stating fact that retailers are selling the CD at mass discounts. I don’t think she is knocking the accomplishment. Amazon is still selling the MP3 version Speak Now for $3.99, which is a price point that may encourage casual fans to make a purchase. The deluxe version that is exclusive to Target is $14. So while Taylor may not be raking in cash off of CD/MP3 sales, she will make a killing on tour.

      • James B

        It’s strange Taylor’s Speak Now was 16.99 at the Target over here so i didnt buy it there :) I went to Walmart, and it was still 13.88 there, which is honestly like the most I’ve ever paid for a CD, I usually just buy singles online unless I really want to support my favorite artists. I wanted to be a part of her selling 1 million because she might just be the last person to do it :) Also I was really pleased with Speak Now, its wayyy better than Fearless and I didn’t buy her first CD. Way to go Taylor!!

      • Preston

        But Target’s version of the Taylor album has 17 songs, instead of the 14 song single physical CD. I’m more into the original CD by any artists, not the additional songs or the slick added DVD and packaging. They like to do stuff like that to make you pay $3 or $4 more than the sale price.

      • Taryn

        The Target Deluxe cd is the best. The Deluxe edition has her video and 6 songs, 3 of which are new ones not on the regular album. I love her liner notes. So so clever. I’m already looking forward to her work in the future. TS forever.

      • Tasha

        She wrote every single song with no co-writers. She will absolutely make a killing from the sales of these albums. Everyone know writers make more money of artists songs than the artist does..

    • moozzie712

      I bought the deluxe edition at target for 14.99 on sale will be 16.99 soon. Well worth the purchase for the extra 6 songs. I too saw amazon post mp3 version for 3.99 but enjoy having cd and booklet.

    • Asher

      That is not really uncommon these days, Bebe. IMO, albums should have never costed much more than $10.00 anyways.

    • Taryn

      Only Target stores have the exclusive Deluxe Edition. I just love it. You get the video and extra 6 songs, 3 of which are totally new songs not on the regular album. Love Taylor’s liner notes. So clever. I’m not shocked at all she’s sold over a million this past week. I think she’ll sell over 3 million by Xmas and be the best selling album this year. TS forever and always.

    • JeDava

      Big machine records’ job is to sell their artist–whether it be through albums, concerts, etc and that’s exactly what they did. What they lost in their $8 album sale to you was more than made up for on higher priced one’s elsewhere through sheer volume. Who cares what it sold for…they met their goal and created buzz while doing it. Way to go Taylor and Big Machine. It’s smart marketing.

    • Seraphina Cloudburst

      Speak Now cost 13.99 or something like that at Target when my mom bought it for me so that’s hardly a discount. It’s totally worth it too because you get the extra songs and video. I haven’t stopped listening to it since this weekend. Every single song has its unique sound and they’re all spectacular!

    • Marlene

      Target’s standard price for new cds is usually around $10 for single sets and 13 to 15 for doubles with extras. Taylor’s Speak Now was on sale for the first week at 10 and 14 respectively and now they’re already back to the usual retail non discounted price. She sold her million+ albums fair and square. Taylor rules!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Emily

        I got mine for 14 dollars. Who got the deluxe for 10? That’s a major discount. Or are you just talking about the purple dress cd for 10 dollars? I’m confused.

      • Say What?

        I’ve never seen the deluxe cheaper than 14 at target. It’s probably back to the regular price now.

    • timoT

      um, duh, i don’t think people just run out and buy an $8 CD because it’s $8.00… i would listen to her CD if someone gave it to me for my birthday, but i wouldn’t buy it, not even for $1…. your point is senseless BEBE

  • jfms777

    She is no Dolly Parton, but she does deserve praise for what she has done.
    And, like it or not, Kanye West is the best thing that could have happened to her career.

    • The Jackal

      yeah because she didn’t sell one single album before he came along.

      • Brent

        jfms777, the first part of your comment is alright. The second part is nuts. Taylor didn’t need that type of attention. Like anyone would want to be humuiliated like that in front of millions of viewers. Be real.

      • Glass Menagerie

        Taylor already sold over 12 million cds worldwide by the time that nutjob interrupted her at the VMAs last year. Get your facts if you want to act all sourpuss on her.

    • whatevs

      I respectfully disagree with your last point. She had already won several awards prior to this. Fearless, of course, didn’t sell this many in its first week but it did debut at the top anyway. Naturally, an artist with this much momentum is going to have a much stronger debut with their next CD.

      Besides, I don’t think a significant portion of buyers are doing it out of pity over something that happened more than a year ago.

      • Preston

        I compare this to En Vogue between their 1990 and 1992 albums and Kelly Clarkson between her 2003 and 2004 albums. They built in popularity and fan bases, their 2nd albums outsold their previous ones and had multiple hits. Taylor Swift has outdone her Fearless album’s first week sales with her new Speak Now. But this is just the first week. Can she keep it up?

      • True Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Blue

        True, she was already popular to begin with, but there’s no denying that the incident gave a huge boost to said popularity. There’s no doubt that the avalanche of awards she won stemmed mainly from pity for the VMA incident, and I’m sure that some people are indeed childish enough to buy a Taylor Swift album just to “stick it” to Kanye.

      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        That’s a bunch of true blue baloney. People that loved Taylor’s music already bought the majority of her Fearless album by the time the VMA thing occured so Kanye didn’t help her much as far as sales go. As for all her awards, she earned every one of them and they would’ve gone to her irregardless of the Kanye incident. Your last sentence is so silly. Like someone that hates Taylor’s music would actually pay 10 to 14 dollars to “stick it” to Kanye. If they really wanted to help Kanye, they’d use that 10 dollars to buy his sad album instead of buying Taylor’s. Wouldn’t that make more sense? *-*

      • True Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Blue

        @ Seraphina:

        Do you even know what it means to “stick it” to someone? It means to get back at them, not to help them. The next time you don’t understand a term, look it up before mistakenly correcting other people’s post.

      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        I did not mistakenly correct your post and don’t correct me as if I’m a grade school student that’s ignorant. Of course I know what “stick it” means, but what I’m saying is that your insinuation that people would actually buy Taylor’s album in order to “stick it” to Kanye would be consistent of grade school thinking. Who would you actually spend 10 to 14 bucks on a artist just to prove a point? Your thinking and statement is illogical and your “some people” statement would be a figure that is basically inconsequential to Taylor’s sold amount of over 1 million.

    • Tasha

      You are crazy she was still selling really high numbers before Kanye…she even outsold Kanye on their last albums…and she is the greatest all-time digital downloads artist. All Kanye did was introduce Taylor to an audience that most likely didn’t buy her music anyway. And all he did was make some people who were fans of both artists choose a side…

      • Emily

        Why is everyone arguing?

      • Kenley

        Some people just can’t stand the fact that Taylor’s a huge superstar and made her fortune by having the perseverance to never give up when so much was against her. She’s a role model for all who want to succeed when the odds are against you.

      • Arianna

        Tensions run rampant when someone as successful as Taylor does something that only 3 other women have achieved in the past 2 decades. Jealousy reigns supreme I guess. Taylor worked hard and deserved this accolade and no amount of ranting snide remarks from non fans will put a damper on Taylor’s week. She’s enjoying every moment of her historic achievement savoring every moment possible. She earned it!

    • Julia

      Is this your alias Kanye?
      If not, you may want to check your homework – Taylor was already HUGE before the Kanye incident – Hello, why do you think she was winning the award in the first place?! I agree with Tasha – if anything, it made people that liked both artists choose a side. We know what side you’re on, so you can go and stand in the corner with Kanye, crying about his plumating reputation and declining interest in him as an artist.

    • Asher

      Fearless was number 1 for like 12 weeks on the Billboard 200, waayy before the Kanye-thing.

      • Taryn

        Taylor is the Alanis Morrissette of Country crossover pop fusion. Love it and love her.

      • Shanon

        TAYLOR SWIFT was still on the charts when FEARLESS came out on 11/11/08 and Plat. ed. of FEARLESS came out last oct. post Kanye. I see NO Kanye effect!

      • Marlene

        Love the way you made that analogy Taryn. Our girl is platinum plus woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Kenley

        Actually, Fearless had 11 non consecutive weeks on Top of the Billboard 200 chart. Better correct than having haters saying Taylor fans are liars. We don’t need to embellish Taylor’s achievements because what she’s done so far is far superior to most artists in the past 2 decades. Go Taylor!

      • Brent

        Taylor can now add to her roster having the most debuts landed in the HOT 100 of Billboard for a female artist in music history. Fearless Taylor rocks!

      • Say What?

        Some kooks on the “Taylor sets HOT 100 Chart Record” thread thinks David Cook will do better than her. LMAO. What a freakshow with some delirious fans of Kookie.

      • Arianna

        You are kidding aren’t you Say What? OK, the cookie fans are in total and complete denial, but let them enjoy their fantasies. American Idol fans are the most viral fans out there for sure.

  • Jenny

    Oh you morons. I’m not even a fan of her music and I still know that Kanye has NOTHING to do with this. You think people will spend $$$ buying an album they don’t like just because they feel bad for a girl that got dissed by Kanye? I mean, does that even make any sense? Just accept the fact that she has a huge fan following who are still willing to buy albums. Whereas Kanye is giving out music for free on twitter because no one is interested. Haha. Anyone who even mentions Kanye as a reason for Swift’s success sounds retarded, period. Grow a brain.

    • True Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Blue

      Radiohead gave away their last album for free… does that mean they did it because no one is interested in them? Kanye has the press following his every move, so I don’t think he’s suffering for publicity. Like I said, she may have already been popular prior to the VMA incident, but to deny that it added quite significantly to her popularity is retarded. You might wanna consider growing a brain first before telling others to do so.

      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        Kanye publicity? Have you checked the stories just on EW that concerns Kanye? They have extremely low responses, yet when his name is connected to Taylor, everybody has an opinion as Taylor’s stories get the most responses.

      • True Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Blue

        Have you checked the internet in general? Believe it or not, EW is not the only major news outlet out there. And I notice that a lot of Taylor stories have both fans and non-fans ruthlessly fighting back and forth, hence the great number of comments. Seriously, think before you post stupid replies.

      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        I’m only basing what I see on EW’s posted articles and I notice that the ones that only specifically talk about Kanye are usually ignored with hardly any postings while Taylor postings are always packed with comments. I’m not trying to fight with you on this because I’m only stating the facts so don’t get so defensive. If you don’t believe me just look back at the previous pages of postings where Kanye is concerned and you will see they have little to no interest in them. That’s all I’m saying.

    • JeDava

      Really…yes, grow a brain…what happen to people when they decide to post on these forums. If they’re such haters, why are they reading about the topic in the first place.

      • Seraphina Cloudburst

        People like to whine and complain about megastars like Taylor because they want to be like them? Or they’re jealous of their fame? Or they just want to complain for the sake of complaining because they have nothing better to do? Ok, pick one.

        :)

        Just offering a thought.

      • Marlene

        All 3 apply depending upon which hater posts. haha. Taylor is head and shoulders above the rest!!!!!!!! Besides, she taller than most anyways! Taylor’s in the million 16 club woohoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Emily

        lol. Taylor is really tall. I think I could double for her armrest at 5′ 6″.

      • Arianna

        They suffer a combination of all 3 at various points in their day. It’s a trait common in non fans of Taylor.

      • Jaden

        LOL!

    • Glass Menagerie

      Haters of Taylor have IQs of 2 digits. Some only have a 1 digit IQ.

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Erica

      10.27.11 at 11:18 pmNY@onblast the quote jay was saying about rciaal tensions and hip hop was just that it help people come together. i remember seeing the interview, he even cleared it up by saying that he’s not trying to downplay what MLK, Malcom X or anyone else had done. his point was just many people admired rappers (white kids looking up to a black rapper) and people from different races came together thanks to bonding over hip hop.

  • Woohoo

    Swifty!!! Girl will outsell Beyonce AND Kanye. This must be killing them! I love it.

    • manx

      why bring up beyonce? she wasn’t the one who interrupted her speech. beyonce was the one who invited her onstage to finish her speech. keep her out of this

      • Arianna

        Agreed. Beyonce’s gesture to Taylor was extraordinary. I’m glad she didn’t brush off the incident. This incident should not have any negative bearing on her whatsoever.

    • True Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Blue

      Considering both artists are more talented and well-known than Taylor, I highly doubt they’re fuming about this.

      • Mike

        talent isnt something that can be compared with these artists since Swift is a singer/songwriter, Kanye a rapper and Beyonce a pop diva. And even if it were I personalloy think that being able to craft an entire 14 song record ENTIRELY ON YOUR OWN makes Ms Swift the winner… yea Beyionce has a stronger voice, but many elements combine to make an artist…

        Good For You Taylor Swift – you’re a class act and you deserve the success, loved you since I first heard TIM MCGRAW years ago… Staying true to yourself, despite the jealous angsty haters, is gonna keep you on top for years and years to come…

      • Marlene

        Beyonce is a great artist in her own right, but Taylor’s the one holding the Album Of The Year trophy from all the major award shows and the only artist in music history to win at every one of them for Album Of The Year. Quadruple grammys for Taylor at only 20 years old!!!!!!!!!!!!! You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Emily

        I was so happy for her that night when she won 4 grammys. I can’t believe she is the youngest one ever to win the Album Of The Year grammy. Taylor Alison Swift forever!

      • Chrisette

        Taylor is a prodigy. That’s the only explanation for such greatness at such a young age.

    • Seraphina Cloudburst

      You shouldn’t include Beyonce. She’s a fantastic singer and how great of her to offer her speech time to Taylor so that she could finish her acceptance speech for her VMA award for Best Female Video. Beyonce is tops in my book and she has had bunches of great songs the past decade. Love Beyonce also!

      :)

    • Say What?

      I still remember that wildy shocked face on Beyonce that VMA night last year when the loudmouth YE told Taylor and everybody else that was listening that “Single Ladies” was one of the best videos ever made …. and she said ” O M G Kanye ” in total disbelief that he did that to Taylor. LMAO.

    • Glass Menagerie

      Beyonce is alright. Don’t go there!

  • DC

    Bought it, love it. Nice to see a GOOD young woman role model doing well, instead of the usual no-talents who are famous for throwing themselves in front of paparazzi all the time. Taylor may not have the best singing voice but she’s an extremely strong songwriter.

    • Karl

      Hear, hear! She doesn’t do drugs. Her best friend is a redhead and her guitar. Her songwriting skills are topnotch, even if her singing isn’t all that great.

      She isn’t a Dolly Parton, but then again, there’s ALREADY a dolly parton. What we need is a Taylor Swift, to bring to us a graceful mature growth: from a self-conscious teen to a beautiful, elegant country star.

      • m1

        I like her voice. I think her voice is able to give a song subtlety and personality.

      • Glass Menagerie

        It’s called nuance, but the haters don’t know what that means because they have an IQ of a turnip.

        Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Lisa

      You win some you lose some. She’s not perfect. That’s why we love her. Taylor’s real and down to Earth and she treats you like a person equal to her and she never acts like she’s above you even though she’s a huge international superstar now.

      • Emily

        Ditto. I couldn’t have said it better. Love Taylor’s genuine charm and goofy personality. She’s just one of the girls when she’s with us!

      • Arianna

        Non fans will never “get it” where Taylor is concerned. Unless they meet her in person and they would change their tune after that.

      • Glass Menagerie

        Lisa and the rest of us GET IT!!!!!!!

        When will the haters understand??? Oh yes I forgot they have an IQ of a veggie so I guess they’ll never get it!!!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • Nick

    Finally someone other than a Rapper will have the best selling album in the first week in a long time. Way to show em up Taylor!!

    • Michael

      I agree. I’m not really a fan of her music, but she is a sweet girl and has more talent in her pinky than TI, Jay-Z and Kanye combined.

      • u

        Yet, I’m sure all their careers will outlast Taylor’s. People who cut down an entire genre of music aren’t too intelligent to begin with.

      • Markus

        I’d seriously consider arguing your claim of greater of lesser talent in the favor of two of the three men mentioned but I don’t believe this is the best forum for such discourse so I wont. I’ll just say that objectively, putting personal antics and negative publicity aside, Jay-Z and Kanye West are arguably two of the most talented men in Hip-Hop and music today… But this page is about Taylor Swift so I digress…

      • JeDava

        Markus…so sorry, but how many people really like to hear the disgusting work of some those folks you mention. Since when is talking to music, i.e., rap, considered singing…

      • True Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Blue

        @ JeDava:
        How many people like to hear their “disgusting works” as you put it? Well let’s see, apparently 50 million people like Jay-Z enough to buy his albums, and about 20 million people like Kanye West enough to buy his albums as well… and they’ve last far longer than most of their mainstream counterparts, so it looks like your assertion that no one cares for them has pretty much been put to rest. Oh, and rap, whether you like it or not, is an artform and is considered as much a part of music as anything else. If you would look beyond mainstream music and seek hip-hop artists that aren’t as well-known, you’d see that PLENTY of them can easily put Taylor to shame as far as songwriting goes. Hell, Jay-Z and Kanye already do that. ;)

      • True Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Blue

        * lasted.

    • ALM

      Huh? Sugarland were #1 in their first week last week, and both Kenny Chesney and Toby Keith did the same thing a few weeks ago.

      • Brent

        I think Taylor will rock it out with at least 8 weeks on top of Billboard’s 200 list.

      • Say What?

        It’ll be staggered and not consecutive. Some high profile albums are coming up later this month.

    • Kenley

      Taylor will be sitting atop of the summit for a couple more weeks before another artist knocks her out of that top spot. Go Taylor!

    • Glass Menagerie

      The past 2 months, mostly country acts are topping the charts and who do they have to thank? Taylor of course. She brought country to a whole new level of awareness. More and more pop-only listeners are liking country more now and it’s all because of Taylor’s influcence. That’s why she’s so extremely popular. All her peers know what she’s done for country!

    • Graziano

      agreed .anything like that i tend to think it is a stunt. I mean, he is totally a jerk and a tool, but i think that it got the ragntis waaaaay up for them. Cause i was at home and if we had cable i would have tuned into the awards after reading all of the tweets .it just helped MTV out.

  • Julia

    I’m so happy for Taylor! She is a superstar both in music, and as a role model. I think she has managed to touch a fan base (that would ordinarily download music through illegal means) which are prepared to go that extra mile to help her continue her success. And it is because of how good she is back to her fans. I bought Speak Now in the first week without any hesitation – there is no way she could possibly write 14 songs which wouldnt be amazing. I hope Speak Now continues to get its own credit and doesn’t always have to be compared to Fearless.

    • Emily

      That’s probably why other artists don’t sell more than a million in their debut week. Their fans probably get it illegally, but Taylor fans are devoted and wouldn’t do that to her. We want the actual cd with all the goodies that come with it like the video and extra songs.

      • Kenley

        Exactly Emily you got that right!

        Go Taylor!

    • Glass Menagerie

      The haters do the illegal downloading and that’s why Kanye isn’t selling well!!!! His fans can’t put their money where his mouth is no sirreeeee!

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • GG

    Nice to see a young woman making headlines for the right reasons. It’s been too long. The only reason most of them are in the news these days is for taking half-naked pics of themselves, stripping, getting knocked up, getting a DUI or going to rehab/jail. Now this girl, she is in the news for selling 1M copies. Good for her.

    • Sarah

      While I don’t think Taylor has the greatest voice and material, I do agree with this comment. She’s been able to sell albums without dressing like a streetwalker and being photgraphed at every party imaginable.

      • Chrisette

        Taylor is showing other young girls you don’t have to be sleazy in order to sell records.

      • Say What?

        Leave the sleaze to the other girls who need to do that in order to get more sales. Taylor would never compromise herself to give into that type of advertisement …… She relies solely on her talent as a writer and entertainer.

      • Arianna

        Has anyone see Alex in Wonderland’s VH1 commercial for her new album. Shudders. Talk about using your body to sell albums.

        ***Oh brother***

      • Jaden

        I saw her commerical when I watched the VH1 Top 20 Countdown today. Yeah, I don’t think Alex will be using her vocal skills to bring in buyers of her album. Her talents lie elsewhere, between her chin and belly button.

      • Glass Menagerie

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • KaDee

    Damn how much money will she make off of this album? I know she wrote all the songs on it. She’s gonna be rich as hell (on top of being super rich already).

    • Ryan

      Taylor raked in over 45 mil last year and 18 mil the year before. I suspect this year she will get that much more than last since she had a lucrative deal for the Sony cybershot among other things like her greeting card royalties and her Taylor Swift online store items and now a super hot selling album. Can we say she’s a hot commodity? Ummm yes.

      • Glass Menagerie

        Taylor’s laughing all the way to her BANKS!!! YES BANKS!!!!!

        She has so much she needs to spread the wealth to all the banks to keep the economy flowing through all channels!!!!!

        She’s doing more than the president!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • Glass Menagerie

        Just for the record, I’m being sarcastic, so don’t even think about coming back with a reply to the ” President ” remark.

        Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

  • notacountrylover

    Yeah I bought it, and the more I listen to it the better I like it. You have to really admire the young lady, 3 strong albums before 20 years old. Looking forward to the next one already!

    • Lisa

      Taylor brings the best aspects of country and pop culture melding them together producing a darn catchy tune. Mean is a good example of that country meets pop union. I look forward to her next album also. Poor girl’s got her work cut out for her. lol

      • Brent

        Hey that’s a great connective thought. She really does bring out the best of both genres. I usually hate country, but Taylor makes it totally listenable.

      • Chrisette

        I still have arguments with my friends about whether Taylor is country or pop. I just tell them she’s the best of both worlds.

      • Say What?

        She’s classified as Country Pop.

      • Arianna

        Taylor can double release singles. One to the Country format and the other to Pop. Example:

        “Mean” to Country radio and “Better Than Revenge” to Pop AC HOT AC etc. How good is that to be able to multi-format your work to all genres?

    • Glass Menagerie

      Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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