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Taylor Swift’s 1989 continues to rack up monster sales, as industry forecasters now say the album could sell 1.2 million copies in its first week (ending Nov. 2).
It’s thus nearing the 1.21 million bow of her last album, 2012′s Red (which was also the last release to sell a million copies in a week, according to Nielsen SoundScan).
The new album was released through Big Machine Records on Oct. 27 and is Swift’s fifth studio album. It should easily debut atop next week’s Billboard 200 chart, when its top 10 is revealed (along with Swift’s official sales figure) on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
Sources say 1989 sold more than 600,000 albums in its first day on sale, mostly from Target (which carried an exclusive version of the album) and Apple’s iTunes Store. Apple says 1989 broke the pre-order record in its U.S. store, surpassing One Direction’s 195,000 pre-order figure for last year’s Midnight Memories.
If 1989 sells as forecasted, it will become the biggest-selling album released in 2014 after only one week on sale, have the largest sales week by any album since Red, and make Swift the only act to earn three million-selling weeks.
Swift’s album is obviously the biggest news this week, in terms of new releases, but there are other albums also heading for the top 10. They include the new Now 52 compilation (90,000), country singer Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (aiming for around 60,000 sold) and two Led Zeppelin reissues: Led Zeppelin IV (35,000) and Houses of the Holy (30,000).
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If Tinseltown were a popularity contest, then it’s safe to say Taylor Swift has officially been crowned prom queen.
Not only did her new album 1989 skyrocket to the top of the music charts immediately after its release, but she also has the unwavering support of a slew of famous friends—many of whom were lucky enough to hear a preview of her hit record.
So when the 24-year-old pop star stopped by On Air With Ryan Seacrest this morning for a four-hour takeover of the radio show, fans were dying to know what her noteworthy pals, including Karlie Kloss, Ed Sheeran and Lena Dunham, thought of her most recent musical effort.
“I remember individual circumstances when I would write a song and be so excited about it, so I’d play it for Ed [Sheeran],” she shared before revealing her famous pal’s favorite tune. “Ed’s favorite song on the album is ‘Bad Blood.’”
In fact, he loved the track so much he wanted Swift to make the song her first single.
“I played it for Ed as soon as I wrote it, which I think was about a year ago,” she revealed, noting that her BFF has a “really good ear.” “And at that point, it was just a really basic demo track … and he was going, ‘This has to be the first single! This has to be the first single!’ And I was like, ‘Eh, we’ll see.’ But since he’s now heard the album and heard the final track, he loves it even more.”
Sheeran isn’t Swift’s only close friend in the biz whom she has turned to for advice and support. The singer also counts Lorde, Karlie Kloss and Lena Dunham among her BFFs.
“My friend Ella, Lorde, I played her ‘Style’ as we were driving down the PCH and we were going to lunch in Malibu,” she shared. “I said, ‘Hey, I just finished this thing, can I play it for you?’ And I remember when that beat drops in the intro of the song, she was just like, ‘Yeahhhhh!’”
Likewise, Kloss and Dunham, whose boyfriend Jack Antonoff collaborated with Swift on the album, had the privilege of hearing a special preview of 1989.
“And then Karlie [Kloss] … we took a road trip to Big Sur and I played her pretty much the entire album,” she said. “Lena Dunham has heard it beginning to end. She heard the stuff I was writing for two years.”
Swift, who has repeatedly gushed over her famous friends as she continues her promotional tour, added that “it’s so cool to have friends who are so supportive…I feel so lucky.”
Taylor Swift is giving back to her new adopted hometown.
The singer announced on “The View” today that she’s donating the proceeds from the sale of her single, “Welcome to New York,” to New York City Public Schools.
“I’m still learning but I’m so enthusiastic about this city that I feel like when I love something, I’m very vocal about it,” Swift, who was recently named a “Global Welcome Ambassador” for New York City tourism, said earlier this week during an appearance on “Good Morning America.”
“I just go around going like, ‘Everybody, New York is amazing.’ So I think they just picked up on that and they gave me, like, a title.”
Swift, 24, has had a banner week, having just released her new ’80s-inspired album, “1989.” This marks the first time Swift has put out a pop album, something she described as the “most authentic” move.
“I feel so without a doubt [that] this is the best thing I’ve done,” she told “GMA.”
“So to have people able to finally have it now and to have the fans understand what I’ve been working on for two years, it’s just the most amazing feeling.”
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