The tally is in, and Taylor Swift’s “Red” album sold 1.208 million copies during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the biggest single-week sales figure in more than a decade.
It’s Swift’s second consecutive album to top the 1-million mark in its debut week, joining — and surpassing — her 2010 album “Speak Now,” which bowed with 1.047 million copies out of the gate.
"They just told me Red sold 1.2 million albums first week," Swift tweeted shortly after final figures were released. "How is this real life?! You are UNREAL. I love you so much. Thanks a million ;)"
Swift is just the fourth act to have 1-million-plus first-week sales totals twice, after 'N Sync, the Backstreet Boys and Eminem did so a decade ago, when the music industry landscape was considerably more robust than it is today.