Friday, May 24, 2024

Taylor Swift’s Revenge Complete, Sells Stunning 596K Copies of Re-recorded “Red” Album in One Week


Taylor Swift’s revenge on Scooter Braun, Scott Borchetta, and Shamrock Holdings is complete. She sold 596,000 copies of her re-recorded “Red” album called “Red (Taylor’s Version)” this week.

“Red” 2.0 is the second highest debut album of the year, behind Drake. It was propelled by a lot of things including Swift’s appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

When the original “Red” debuted in 2012, it sold 1.2 million copies in its first week. But that was before streaming and Spotify and electric powered cars existed. Selling half as many copies nearly a decade later of the same album is pretty extraordinary.

All of Swift’s other albums were lifted onto the charts this week as well. Those totaled up to around 75,000 more copies of the catalog, and most of those were sales from Taylor’s post-Borchetta break up. So the new owners of Swift’s masters reaped little. I can’t imagine those Shamrock people are too thrilled with Braun and Borchetta. For $300 million, they got bupkis.

In other news, hitsdailydouble reports that Adele earned $119,914 in streaming revenue from “Easy On Me” last week. That will pay for two pairs of haute couture pants suits plus a therapy session in Beverly Hills.

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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