Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Taylor Swift Sold Over 450K Albums This Week Including the Number 1 Record “1989 (Taylor’s Version)”


The record business now consists entirely of Taylor Swift.

In this week’s top 50, Swift sold over 450,000 albums. That includes 125,000 for the number 1 album, “1989 (Taylor’s Version).”

She placed 5 albums in the top 20 alone.

Last week’s number 1 album, a chart debut, was Nicki Minaj. She fell to number 2 this week, and behind Taylor by 30,000.

The numbers here are from hits daily and include streaming. “1989” sold nearly 85,000 actual paid downloads or CD or LPs. So that was most of the sale. The rest was streaming.

The whole thing is mind boggling. In 2023, we’ve had few releases by anyone other than Taylor Swift. This is the least productive music generation since rock and roll began. Adele, Rihanna, Beyonce make albums every six years. Rock bands do little. Is it laziness? Or no one has anything to say? Beats me. Or is it just that there’s no money to be made — thanks to streaming — so the artists have just given up. It’s sad.

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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