Taylor Swift's punishing promotional schedule for her album Red, which saw her performing on nearly every TV show you can think of, has really paid off: the album's set a sales record.
Billboard reports that according to Nielsen SoundScan, Red sold 1.208 million copies its first week in stores. That's more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem sold 1.322 million copies of his album The Eminem Show. With those sales, it's no surprise that Red also debuts at #1 on the Billboard album chart: it's her third chart-topper.
The real achievement here is that Taylor is now the only woman ever to have two million-selling weeks since SoundScan started keeping track of album sales in 1991. Her last album, 2010's Speak Now , sold 1.047 million copies in its first week.
Red is only the 18th album ever to sell a million or more copies in a week in the SoundScan era.
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