Thursday, July 25, 2024

Taylor Swift’s “1989” 2.0 Number 1 Again, Has Sold 3 Million Copies Since October


It’s pretty much the same album. Just told a different way.

Taylor Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” finished the week at number 1. The album sold around 66,000 copies.

In all, since its release in October, “1989” 2.0 has sold 2 million downloads, LPs, and CDs. Kick in another 1 million streaming equivalent and you have a tidy 3 million copies.

No one does this anymore. It’s unheard of. Swift dominated the charts and all sales for 2023. Four of last week’s top 10 albums are from her. She IS the entire record business. Her only competition — and it’s far off — is Morgan Wallen and maybe Drake.

Sunday night Taylor’s “Eras” movie will probably win a Golden Globe. It’s a concocted prize to get her to the ballroom — Blockbuster or Box Office behemoth. “Eras Tour” didn’t make as much as “Barbie” or “Oppenheimer,” but those two will win film awards. Taylor will just get a Golden Globes sop, and make an appearance. That’s all the Globes care about — and CBS, too. You want it, you got it.

Swift is also the subject of a ridiculous but click baiting New York Times op-ed piece claiming she’s sending signals that she’s gay through her music. The Times also throws Shawn Mendes under the bus in the same piece. Really disappointing and embarrassing, particularly on the day former editor in chief, the great writer Joe Lelyveld, died. He’s already rolling in his grave.

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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