Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a predicted million sold in its first week—to be more precise: 1,047,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . And we've got oodles of fun facts about Swift's big debut to share. "Speak Now" was pretty much the only major release that came out last week, as only one other set arrives in the top 10: Michael Buble's "Hollywood" EP . . . On the Digital Songs chart, Ke$ha blasts in at No. 1 with "We R Who We R," starting with 280,000.
Taylor Swift celebrates a milestone achievement this week as her third studio release, "Speak Now," crashes in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 1,047,000 sold in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the biggest week for an album since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" topped the list in 2005 with 1.1 million and only the 16th set to sell a million in a week since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991 .
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It's Swift's second album to top the Billboard 200, following her sophomore "Fearless" release, which flew in with 592,000 in November of 2008.
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"Speak Now" accounted for 18% of all albums sold last week (5.8 million)—or, one out of every sixth set purchased.
After one week of sales, "Speak Now" is the eighth-best-selling album of 2010. Eminem's "Recovery" still leads the pack with 2.9 million. The success of "Speak" raises the question of whether it will shift enough by year's end to emerge as the best-selling album of 2010.
"Speak" sold more than the Nos. 2-62 albums combined on this week's Billboard 200. It also has the second-largest sales week for a digital album, with 278,000 downloads sold. Only Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends" posted a larger haul (288,000) when it bowed in the summer of 2008.
Last week's No. 1, Sugarland's "The Incredible Machine," falls to No. 2 with 89,000 (down 56%). Thus, with a wide divide of 958,000 between the top two, it's the largest gap between those two positions since the June 15, 2002, chart. That's when Eminem's "The Eminem Show" moved 1.3 million in its second week at No. 1, while the Diddy-driven compilation "We Invented the Remix" was No. 2 with 117,000—a margin of 1.2 million.
It would seem that everyone steered clear of the Swift freight train last week, as not much was released aside from "Speak Now." The second-highest debut on the Billboard 200 is Michael Buble's "Hollywood" EP, which takes a bow at No. 10 with 26,000. The EP was also available as part of his deluxe reissue of "Crazy Love," which spikes up 88 slots to No. 27 with 16,000 (up 302%).
The rest of the Billboard 200's top 10 is populated with holdovers from last week. Kings of Leon's "Come Around Sundown" slips one spot to No. 3 (67,000; down 63%), Lil Wayne's "I Am Not a Human Being" climbs one to No. 4 (43,000; down 33%), and Eminem's "Recovery" is up three to No. 5 (38,000; down 12%). Elton John and Leon Russell's "The Union" drops three positions to No. 6 (37,000; down 54%) while the "Glee: Rocky Horror Glee Show" soundtrack drops one rung with 31,000 (down 35%). Rod Stewart's "Fly Me to the Moon" descends four places to No. 8 (30,000; down 62%), and Darius Rucker's "Charleston, SC 1966" is up one to No. 9 (27,000; down 26%).
On the Digital Songs chart this week, Ke$ha's "We R Who We R" debuts at No. 1 with 280,000 sold. That's the biggest week for a download since Taylor Swift's "Mine" bowed atop the list with 297,000 in August. It's Ke$ha's second No. 1 on the Digital Songs tally, following her premiere effort, "Tik Tok," which reigned for six weeks in January.
Last week's Digital Songs No. 1, Far*East Movement's "Like a G6," falls to No. 2 with 178,000 (down 13%) while three cuts arrive in the top 10. Willow's "Whip My Hair" starts at No. 4 with 137,000, becoming the 10-year-old's first hit on the list. Swift's "Sparks Fly" flies in at No. 8 with 113,000 in its first week while Kanye West's "Monster" jumps from No. 69 to No. 10 in its second week with 97,000 (up 81%).
Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending Oct. 31) totaled 5.8 million units, up 12% compared with the sum last week (5.2 million) and down 8% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 241.9 million, down 13% compared with the same total at this point last year (279.1 million).
Digital track sales this past week totaled 18.8 million downloads, up 1% compared to last week (18.6 million) and down 2% stacked next to the comparable week of 2009 (19.1 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 937 million, down 1% compared with the same total at this point last year (942.6 million).
Album units, current chart week: 5.8 million units
Up 12% from last week's charts: 5.2 million units
Down 8% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.3 million units
This week: Only the No. 1 album sells more than 100,000 copies.
This week last year on the Billboard 200: Michael Jackson's "This Is It" soundtrack bowed at No. 1 with 373,000 while a reunited Creed arrived at No. 2 with its "Full Circle" album shifting 110,000. The previous week's No. 1, the "Twilight: New Moon" soundtrack, fell to No. 8 with 69,000 (down 55%).
A LOOK AHEAD
Among the albums released this week, due on next week's charts: Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas II You," Jason Aldean's "My Kinda Party," Neil Diamond's "Dreams," Brad Paisley's "Hits Alive," Paul McCartney and Wings' reissue of "Band on the Run," the Priests' "Noel," Keith Richards' "Vintage Vinos," Good Charlotte's "Cardiology," N*E*R*D's "Nothing," Escape the Fate's "Escape the Fate," the "Punk Goes Pop 3" compilation, Huey Lewis & the News' "Soulsville" and Elvis Costello's "National Ransom."
Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Carrie Underwood's "Play On" opened at No. 1 with 318,000 sold, bumping Michael Jackson's "This Is It" soundtrack down to No. 2 with 196,000 (down 48%). The top five albums each sold more than 100,000, including the debuting "My Christmas" from Andrea Bocelli at No. 3.