Sunday, May 19, 2024

Taylor Swift By the Boat Load: Her 2020 Sales Are Like Numbers from a Decade Ago, 4.5 Million So Far


With the release tonight of “Evermore,” her ninth album, Taylor Swift will set sales records like crazy.

So far this year, Swift has sold 4.4 million records including CDs, downloads, and streaming. A solid 1.3 million of that is pure sales.

Half of that number — 2 million — is from “Folklore,” her surprise album from last spring. And half of that, 1.1 million, is from CDs and downloading.

With “Evermore,” Swift will exceed 5 million in sales for 2020. According to Buzz Angle, her 2019 album, “Lover,” has sold 3 million copies since its release in August 2019.

These are numbers from the recording industry from a decade or more ago. No one is selling anything like this now, or releasing so much consistent quality music.

Taylor’s top track right now from “Folklore” is called “Exile.”

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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