Taylor Swift sells 1.3 million albums, lip syncs to Kendrick Lamar
Taylor Swift, New York welcome ambassador and accomplished owner of cats, is an unstoppable force. Billboard reports that Nielsen SoundScan revealed that her 1989 has sold 1.287 million copies in a week—that’s the most an album has sold in a week since 2002 when Eminem’s The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million.
With that amazing week, 1989 is now in second place for the biggest-selling album of the year, Billboard points out. It is behind the Frozen soundtrack, which has sold 3.2 million copies in 2014, but came out in 2013. Basically, we are a nation of preteen girls with feelings and we have no reason to be ashamed. (Now it’s time for Swift’s “Let It Go” cover. Or at least her take on “Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People.”)
Additionally—if you needed more proof that Swift, who recently courted controversy when all but one of her songs were removed from Spotify, is an album-selling machine—according to Billboard, she is the only artist to have three albums sell one million in a week, as both Red and Speak Now also possess that distinction. Swift’s sales are more than just impressive, according to NPR: “It’s not just that Taylor Swift is doing big numbers,” Sam Sanders wrote. “She’s doing big numbers at a time when no one else is doing big numbers.” She’s doing that, Sanders explained, by “following the old industry playbook and besting everyone.”
Swift, for her part, celebrated by lip syncing to Kendrick Lamar. On Instagram, she wrote: “Industry experts predicted 1989 would sell 650k first week. You went and bought 1.287 million albums. AND IT’S GOT ME LIKE:”
Meanwhile, Lamar recently sang “Shake It Off,” so a collaboration seems destined to happen.