Chart Watch Extra: Swift’s Sizzling First Week
Taylor Swift has a new album out, in case you haven't heard. OK, you've heard, you've heard. The only thing that's receiving more attention these days is how a few thousand undecided voters in Ohio are leaning from hour to hour.
Red is expected to ring up the highest one-week sales tally since 50 Cent's The Massacre sold 1,141,000 copies in its first week in March 2005. (If everything falls into place, Red could even achieve the highest one-week total since Eminem's The Eminem Show sold 1,322,000 copies in its first full week of release in June 2002.)
The projected tally for Red is up from the 1,047,000 that Swift sold in her first week with Speak Low in October 2010. Swift will be one of only four artists to ring up first-week sales of 1 million or more copies more than once. The others are Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and Eminem. That will make Swift the first female artist and the first country artist to achieve this feat. Also, she'll be just the second artist, following Backstreet Boys, to see its sales increase from its first million-selling debut to its second.
Backstreet Boys scored in 1999 with Millennium (1,134,000) and in 2000 with Black And Blue (1,591,000). *NSYNC scored in 2000 with No Strings Attached (2,416,000) and in 2001 with Celebrity (1,880,000). Eminem scored in 2000 with The Marshall Mathers LP (1,760,000) and in 2002 with The Eminem Show (1,322,000). The Fine Print: That was the first full week of release for The Eminem Show, which had debuted the previous week based on just three days of sales. Details below.
Red will be Swift's third #1 album on The Billboard 200. That will make Swift only the third female artist in country music history to notch three #1 albums. She'll follow Faith Hill, who scored with Breathe, Cry and Fireflies, and Carrie Underwood, who scored with Carnival Ride, Play On and Blown Away. (Hill, of course, is married to Tim McGraw, the subject of Swift's first hit on both the Hot 100 and Hot Country Songs, "Tim McGraw.")
Red is also expected to debut at #1 in the U.K. It would be Swift's first #1 album in the U.K. Fearless peaked at #5. Speak Now reached #6. Red would be only the second country/pop crossover album to reach #1 in both the U.S. and the U.K. since the U.K. album chart originated in 1956. It would follow Eagles' Long Road Out Of Eden, which topped the charts in both countries in 2007.