Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Taylor Swift Sets Records: Sells 2.6 Mil Copies of “Poets,” Takes Top 14 Streaming Spots (31 All Together)


It’s a day for setting records for Taylor Swift.

Her album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” sold 2.6 million copies. Of those, 1.9 million were CDs, LPs, and paid downloads.

She lodged third place of all albums since 1990 for an opening week.

Swift also posted 31 tracks of the top 50 streaming songs. She has the whole top 14, and then 17 more on the chart.

On the album chart, she has six more slots after “Poets.”

The number 2 album sold around 69,000 copies. That’s the gap. Beyonce is number 3.

Nothing approaches the magnitude of Swift’s achievement. And “Poets” remains at number 1 today after 8 days. The fans have not given up. Released today is a new album by the Pet Shop Boys. Stars from the 1980s, Pet Shop Boys album is number 3. They got a lot of publicity after slagging Swift for not writing memorable songs. I guess some of them must be, right?

“Poets” is a money making machine, that’s for sure.

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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