And to think, we thought Mumford & Sons‘ had totally crushed it when they sold more than 600,000 copies Babel in the first week out, nearly doubling Justin Bieber‘s first week Believe sales. But Taylor Swift has totally trampled their record by more than doubling their number, landing Red at the top of the charts in it’s first week out with more that 1.208 million copies sold, according to Billboard. Just imagine, more than a million people bought Taylor Swift’s album at Target or on iTunes, via Amazon or got it delivered with their Papa Johns pizza pie. Everyone in Nashville (population 590,807) would have to buy the album twice, or everyone in her home town of Wyomissing, Pennsylvania (population 10,461), would have to cop more than 10 copies a piece to hit a million. Not so bad a debut week, eh?
This tremendous outing makes Taylor the first women to have two million-selling weeks (Speak Now sold in 2010), and gives her the second-largest single week sales record for a female, trailing Britney Sprears‘ Oops!…I Did It Again, which sold 1.1319 million in its debut in 2000. More fun facts? Red is only the 18th album to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week, and is the first to sell this many since Eminem‘s 2002 album The Eminem Show, which sold 1.322 million. Who says you can’t sell albums to kids these day?
Elsewhere in the charts, Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city took the number two spot, tallying a none to shabby 242,122 in the first week sales. That number is also enough to surpass the 215,000 copies Rick Ross’s God Forgives I Don’t sold, earning Lamar the best debut week in rap this year and a better than great jump-off for an artist so hard working and on the rise (more on that here). To celebrate, he dropped a new song called “The Jig Is Up (Dump’n)” –“People want real music, the jig is up” is right.