Taylor Swift has broken into a rare club with Reputation, whose 1.216 million albums sold in its first week lands the singer’s latest at No. 10 on the list of albums that have sold more than a million in a week since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. The album, which, of course, also debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 2017’s biggest week for an album this year (1.238 million in equivalent album units earned) is Swift’s fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 tally.
At a time when many big stars are happy to move several hundred thousand copies of an album in a week, the feat marks the second time that Swift has broken into the top 10 of the million-sellers crew, putting her into the even more exclusive two-fer ring of the already rarified club’s ranks. TSwift’s big week catapulted her into a squad that includes the all-time first-week queen, Adele (25, 3.378 million), as well as *NSYNC (No Strings Attached, 2.415 million, Celebrity, 1.879 million), Eminem (The Marshall Mathers LP, 1.760 million) and Backstreet Boys (Black & Blue, 1.591 million).
The feat also gives Taylor her fourth million selling week – something no artist has done in Nielsen Music history. Further, Reputation sold 507,000 physical copies (all on CD) marking the biggest week for a physical album since Adele’s record-smashing 25 moved 1.03 million copies on CD and vinyl in December 2015.
Whose else fills out the top 10 list ahead of Taylor? Eminem is at No. 6 again with The Eminem Show (1.321 million), Britney Spears‘ Oops!…I Did It Again (1.319 million), Taylor’s own 1989 (1.286 million) and at No. 9, The Beatles‘ 1 (1.258 million).