Swift Soars With One Million Record Sales

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November 3, 2010 | 3:20pm EST

Country music sweetheart Taylor Swift has rocketed to the top of the U.S. album charts with over one million sales in a week.
Her new album Speak Now has become the first since Lil Wayne’s 2008 release Tha Carter III to score a million sales in a week, according to chart compilers at Nielsen SoundScan’s figures.

But the album fell 100,000 copies short of matching 50 Cent’s The Massacre, which notched up 1,141,000 first-week sales in 2005.

Only 16 albums have debuted over one million sales since the latest chart-compiling era began in 1991, and only one other country artist – Garth Brooks – has achieved the feat.

According to Billboard.com, Speak Now accounted for 18 per cent of all albums sold in America last week and it has already become the eighth best-selling album of 2010.

Swift took time out to thank her fans for rushing out to buy her new album in a post on her Twitter.com blog. She wrote, “I… Can’t… Believe… This… You guys have absolutely lit up my world. Thank you.”

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