“1989 (Taylor’s Version)” Debuts at No. 1 With Taylor Swift’s Best-Selling Week Ever

Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in 2018
Taylor Swift at the American Music Awards in 2018. Photo by John Salangsang/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9919915hb)

Taylor Swift’s re-recordings are always worth waiting for, and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) might just be the best one yet. The new version of the singer’s signature album debuted with the largest sales week of Swift’s career, setting several major milestones along the way.

1989 (Taylor’s Version) debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart with 1.653 million equivalent album units earned, including 1.359 million in traditional sales alone. This marks the largest sales week of Swift’s career, surpassing 1.287 million units that 1989 sold when it originally came out in 2014.

This also marks the sixth largest week for any album since Billboard introduced its current music sales tracking system in 1991. The only albums to sell more copies are Adele’s 25 (3.378 million), *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached (2.416 million, in 2000) and Celebrity (1.878 million, 2001), Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP (1.76 million, 2000), Backstreet Boys’ Black & Blue (1.591 million, 2000).

1989 (Taylor’s Version) also joins MidnightsReputation, the original 1989Red, and Speak Now to become Swift’s sixth album to cross one million copies in a single week, making her the only artist in history to achieve this feat.

Swift released 1989 (Taylor’s Version) on October 27, in honor of the ninth anniversary of the original album. In addition to some of her biggest hits such as “Blank Space”, “Shake It Off”, and “Bad Blood”, the new version also features five new “from the vault” tracks, including “Is It Over Now?”