Taylor Swift's '1989' Shatters Expectations With 1.287 Million Copies Sold In A Week

by Zach Seemayer 10:30 PM PST, November 04, 2014
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People cannot get enough Taylor Swift!

Her new album 1989 debuted at No.1 on the Billboard 200 with 1.287 million copies sold, making it the largest debut of any American record in over 12 years, according to Billboard.

Taylor teased the release of 1989 for weeks, releasing select singles for purchase on iTunes ahead of time, including "Shake It Off" and, more recently, "Out Of The Woods."

VIDEO: Taylor Swift Unveils Second 1989 Song 'Out of the Woods'

To celebrate the massive sales, Taylor posted an Instagram video of herself lip-syncing "Backseat Freestyle" by Kendrick Lamar. She captioned the video: " Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week. You went and bought 1.287 million albums."

had the biggest week in sales since the release of The Eminem Show in 2002 which sold 1.32 million copies.

According to Billboard, Swift's first pop album has set a number of impressive records. In its first week, 1989 has become the biggest selling album of the entire year. No other record released in 2014 has reached a million copies sold, period. The only other album to sell more copies in 2014 was the soundtrack to the Disney movie Frozen, which was released in late 2013 but has sold 3.2 million copies this calendar year.

VIDEO: Taylor Swift Releases 'Shake It Off' from New Pop Album 1989

The album is also only one of 19 records to sell a million copies in a week since SoundScan began tracking sales 23 years ago. Of those 19, three belong to Swift -- 1989, Red and Speak Now.

This also makes Taylor the only female artist ever to have three albums debut with sales of over 1 million copies.

When she's not selling millions of records, she's standing by her peers. Here she is speaking out in support of actress Emma Watson's HeForShe gender equality campaign.