Welcome to New York? Not so much. '1989' is actually underperforming in NYC.
After enjoying the best album sales week for any artist since 2002, Taylor Swift saw her fifth album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, again. 1989 moved 402,000 in its second week, which is actually more copies than recent albums from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga moved in their first weeks. America is clearly in the palm of Taylor Swift's hand.
With 1989 dominating people's minds for the first time since scrunchies were in style, we decided to take a look at how Swift's new album is selling across different regions in the U.S. -- and to see how 1989 is faring in different major cities.
Since Taylor loves red (it's her go-to lipstick color, she named an album after it), we took Nielsen SoundScan's regional breakdown of the U.S. and rendered the map in varying shades of red. The map is bright red in areas where 1989 sold the most copies, but a duller shade of red where it sold fewer copies. These are the numbers 1989 has moved since its release date up until the week ending Nov. 9, data courtesy Nielsen SoundScan.