Taylor Swift's "1989" became the first album of 2014 to sell 1 million copies on Wednesday. According to Nielsen SoundScan data, "1989" sold 1.287 million copies in its first week.
These numbers make Swift the first artist ever to have three albums sell over a million copies in a week: "Speak Now" sold 1.047 million copies in 2010 and "Red" sold 1.21 million copies in 2012. As Billboard notes, she's also the first artist of this year to sell 1 million records total, which makes "1989" the second-largest selling album in 2014. The "Frozen" soundtrack, released last year, has sold 3.2 million copies this year.
Industry forecasters originally predicted that "1989" would sell 750,00 copies in its first week. That number quickly rose to 800,000, 900,000, 1 million and then topped out at 1.3 million on Nov. 1. If she had hit over 1.3 million she would have beat the one-week sales record for an album by a woman, currently by Britney Spears' "Oops!... I Did It Again."
We still have a feeling Swift is feeling pretty good about this...