Taylor Swift's 'Red' Already Third-Biggest Album of 2012
Taylor Swift's 'Red' Already Third-Biggest Album of 2012

'Fearless' Named Top-Selling Album of 2009 (January 2010)


After "Fearless" started at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in November 2008, Swift's sophomore album and first chart-topper eventually outsold every other album in the U.S. in 2009. With 3.21 million copies sold that year according to Nielsen SoundScan, Swift barely squeaked by Susan Boyle's "I Dreamed a Dream" (3.10 million) to claim the 2009 crown, weeks after Swift's 20th birthday. "Fearless" certainly hasn't stopped selling, either: to date, the hits-packed album has moved 6.6 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Taylor Swift Rules The 2010 Grammy Awards (February 2010)

The 2010 Grammy Awards represented a coming-out party for Swift on a national level: not only did she get to duet with Stevie Nicks on "You Belong With Me," "Today Was A Fairytale" and the Fleetwood Mac classic "Rhiannon," but the country star collected four trophies, including the top prize of Album of the Year for sophomore full-length "Fearless." "I hope you know how much this means to me, and all my producers, that we can take this back to Nashville!" Swift exclaimed that night. At the age of 20, Swift became (and remains to this day) the youngest artist to win the prestigious Album of the Year award.

Taylor's 'Speak Now' Sells 1 Million in 1 Week (October 2010)

If "Fearless" was the album that made Taylor Swift a household name, "Speak Now" was the follow-up that made her a superstar. Released in October 2010, Swift's third album debuted on the Billboard 200 with a whopping 1,047,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan -- the biggest debut sales week since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" five years earlier. Of course, the monster sales week was just the beginning: as Swift supported "Speak Now" through a world tour and collected more hit singles like "The Story of Us," "Back To December" and "Mean," her third album continued to do boffo business, and has since sold a total of 4.2 million copies, according to SoundScan.

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