If there were any doubts about Taylor Swift’s decision to try pop over country for her 1989 album, there aren’t anymore. The new album has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, and everything is coming up Swift.
When it’s all said and done, 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in its first week, a week officially ending on November second, This according Nielsen SoundScan. As the fifth studio album from the artist, 1989 was Swift’s first album outside of the Country genre, and it could be her most successful ever.
Swift will also be promoting the album with a new world tour, and even though Swift recently removed her library from Spotify, it seems fans are more than capable of looking elsewhere for her music.
This will be Swift’s fourth Number 1 album in her short career. Her most recent was Red (released in 2012), before that was Speak Now (in 2010) and Fearless was her first (back in 2008). 1989 is expected to be the new album to beat, with the largest sales week for an album since Eminem released ‘The Eminem Show’. That album sold an estimated 1.322 million in its second chart week at No. 1.
The Billboard 200 chart’s ‘Top 10’ will be officially revealed on Wednesday, November 5.