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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Becomes First Million-Selling Album of 2020 in U.S.

Taylor Swift
Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift

As Taylor Swift’s Folklore album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for an eighth nonconsecutive week (on the chart dated Oct. 31), it also becomes the first album to sell a million copies in the U.S. in 2020.

With another 57,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the tracking week ending Oct. 22 (according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data), Folklore’s total album sales jump past 1 million (to 1.038 million), making it the first album to sell a million copies in 2020.

Folklore was released on July 24 and debuted atop the Aug. 8-dated Billboard 200. Swift’s last album, Lover, released on Aug. 23, 2019, was the only album to sell a million in the U.S. in 2019. It sold 1.09 million that year, of its now-total 1.22 million.

Folklore and Lover are the only albums released in 2019 and 2020 to sell a million copies in the U.S.

Folklore is Swift’s ninth album to sell at least 1 million copies in the U.S. Those nine albums include all eight of her studio efforts, along with her Christmas release The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection.  

Here’s a look at all of Swift’s million-selling albums, in order of release: Taylor Swift (2006, 5.75 million sold to date), The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (2007, 1.08 million), Fearless (2008; 7.21 million), Speak Now (2010, 4.71 million), Red (2012, 4.49 million), 1989 (2014, 6.25 million), Reputation (2017, 2.28 million), Lover (2019, 1.22 million) and Folklore (2020, 1.04 million).