Saturday, May 18, 2024

Taylor Swift Ends the Week by Selling 1.3 Million Copies of “Reputation” CDs and Downloads


Taylor Swift’s first sales week for “Reputation” put her at number 1 of course. She sold 1.3 million copies, all CDs and downloads, no streaming.

Number 2 is Sam Smith, who sold around 48,000 copies in his second week for “The Thrill of It All.”

Chris Brown is number 3, with 35,000 copies of “Heartbreak on a Full Moon.” Brown’s life since 2009 has been chaos and heartbreak. Maybe now he’s on the right track.

Swift has now scored four albums in a row that debuted with sales of over 1 million units. This album is marketed within an inch of its life.

Will any of Swift’s albums have the life span or influence of a Tapestry, a Blue, a No Secrets? Or is she really writing just one “You’re So Vain” after another, implicating former lovers? We’ll have to wait and see.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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