Billboard Magazine says It’s official: Taylor Swift‘s “Red” sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem‘s “The Eminem Show” sold 1.322 million in its first full week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
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“Red” also easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, scoring Swift her third chart-topper.
“Red” is only the 18th album to sell a million units in a single week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Its start ranks as the eighth biggest sales week in that span of time. The SoundScan-era record week is held by *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” when it debuted at No. 1 with 2.416 million in 2000.
Swift’s sizzling start is also the second-largest sales frame for a female artist. Only Britney Spears had a bigger week, when “Oops! . . . I Did It Again” sold 1.319 million in its debut in 2000.
As we projected last week, the blockbuster set marks the first album to move a million copies in a week since May of 2011, when Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” blasted in with 1.108 million in its No. 1 debut. However, “Red’s” number is a bit bigger than the 1.1 million that had been forecasted by industry sources.
“Red” also makes Swift the only woman to have two million-selling weeks since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. The country/pop star earlier earned a million week when her last studio release, 2010′s “Speak Now,” launched with 1.047 million.
Swift and her “Red” set were inescapable last week, following the album’s off-cycle release on Monday, Oct. 22. (Most albums bow on Tuesday each week.) The singer appeared on 98.1CHFI in Toronto,(Oct. 22) ABC’s “Good Morning America” (Oct. 22 and 23), CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman” (23), ABC’s “The View” (24), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (25), ABC’s “Katie” and “20/20″ (26). Her album was available in unconventional locations such as Starbucks, Walgreens (where she had her own dedicated mini-store in each outlet) and Papa John’s Pizza.