After a long week of morning shows, talk shows and a slew of red outfits, Taylor Swiftcan give herself a pat on the back: Red sold a total of 1.208 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, Billboard reports.
The 22-year-old country superstar’s achievement is the biggest the music industry has seen in a decade.
“They just told me Red sold 1.2 million albums first week. How is this real life?! You are UNREAL. I love you so much. Thanks a million,” Swift wrote on Twitter Tuesday night.
While she didn’t surpass the previous record, held by Eminem’s The Eminem Show, which sold 1.322 million in its first week in 2002, Swift has a lot to be proud of.
Red, which arrived in stores Oct. 22, is only the 18th album in history to sell one million units in one week since Nielsen SoundScan started monitoring album sales in 1991, Billboardnotes.
And Swift is in good company.
The 18 albums include Britney Spears’ 2000 release Oops! . . . I Did It Again, which sold 1.319 million copies in one week, and the biggest of them all, *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, which enjoyed its first week with 2.416 million in sales, also in 2000.
Over the weekend, Swift announced her 2013 Red tour, which is set to begin in March 2013. Ed Sheeran, who duets with Swift in “Everything Has Changed,” will open.
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