It’s OFFICIAL! ‘RED’ sells 1.2 Million Copies in 1st Week!

It’s OFFICIAL, the first week numbers are in Swifties! ‘RED‘ has sold 1,209,817 in its first week of release! That is the most amount of albums sold in a release weeks since 2002! Check out this great article from Billboard.com and see all of the records Taylor has broken!

Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ Sells 1.21 Million; Biggest Sales Week for an Album Since 2002
by Keith Caulfield, L.A. October 30, 2012 7:59 EDT

It’s official: Taylor Swift’s “Red” sold a whopping 1.208 million copies last week in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s more than any album has sold in a single week since 2002, when Eminem’s “The Eminem Show” sold 1.322 million in its first full week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

“Red” also easily debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, scoring Swift her third chart-topper.

“Red” is only the 18th album to sell a million units in a single week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Its start ranks as the eighth biggest sales week in that span of time. The SoundScan-era record week is held by *NSYNC’s “No Strings Attached,” when it debuted at No. 1 with 2.416 million in 2000.

Swift’s sizzling start is also the second-largest sales frame for a female artist. Only Britney Spears had a bigger week, when “Oops! . . . I Did It Again” sold 1.319 million in its debut in 2000.

As we projected last week, the blockbuster set marks the first album to move a million copies in a week since May of 2011, when Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” blasted in with 1.108 million in its No. 1 debut. However, “Red’s” number is a bit bigger than the 1.1 million that had been forecasted by industry sources.

“Red” also makes Swift the only woman to have two million-selling weeks since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. The country/pop star earlier earned a million week when her last studio release, 2010’s “Speak Now,” launched with 1.047 million.

Swift and her “Red” set were inescapable last week, following the album’s off-cycle release on Monday, Oct. 22. (Most albums bow on Tuesday each week.) The singer appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” (Oct. 22 and 23), CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman” (23), ABC’s “The View” (24), “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” (25), ABC’s “Katie” and “20/20” (26). Her album was available in unconventional locations such as Starbucks, Walgreens (where she had her own dedicated mini-store in each outlet) and Papa John’s Pizza.

Further, Target scored the only deluxe version of “Red” with additional audio content (three bonus songs and three remixes), while the iTunes Store was the exclusive digital retailer of the title last week.

Label sources indicate that iTunes sold nearly 465,000 copies of the album — a record sales week for an iTunes album. Target rang up around 396,000 on its own — again, a record for the retailer. Swift’s unique deal with Papa John’s yielded a meaty 8,000 copies of “Red.” While that number looks small compared to Target and iTunes, to put it in perspective, it’s almost half of the total “Red” CDs sold via Amazon.com. Papa John’s sold the CD for $13 and also as part of large one-topping pizza combo for $22. (Large single-topping pizzas on their own sell for $12.) Swift’s face was also plastered across the top of Papa John’s pizza boxes, so even if customers didn’t buy the album, they were certainly aware of it existing.

Impressively, “Red” was able to secure a million-selling week without any deep discount sale pricing. The lowest that the album was advertised for among all major retailers last week was $9.99. That was the price point for the standard edition of the album at Target and Best Buy, while iTunes offered it for $14.99. Kmart and Walmart sold it for $12.99 and $13.99, respectively. Target touted its exclusive deluxe version for $14.99.

“Red’s” lack of low pricing stands in contrast to the last album that did a million in a week: Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” That set’s 1.108 million first week was fueled partly by Amazon MP3 opting to sell the album for 99 cents on two separate days during its release week. (“Red,” however, was only available as a digital album via iTunes, leaving Amazon MP3 — and any possible discounting — out of the picture.)

Not mentioned in this article is this fact: Taylor is the ONLY artist to increase her sales the second time she sold over 1 million copies in a release week. ‘Speak Now’ sold 1,047,000 with ‘RED’ selling 1,209,817!

Taylor tweeted out this message to fans tonight:

Here is a look at this week’s music charts:

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‘RED’ Out On iTunes At Midnight!

The day is finally here Swifties! After months of waiting the release of ‘RED‘ is about to happen. The final countdown is well on it’s way with less than two hours until ‘RED’ hits iTunes tonight!

RED‘ will be in stores everywhere tomorrow. Walgreens will have copies available with along with a ton of other ‘RED’ merchandise. Some Walmarts will surely have the CD available at midnight as well. You can get the deluxe edition of ‘RED‘ at Target featuring six extra songs!

Don’t forget! Taylor will be on Good Morning America tomorrow to do an interview for ‘RED‘ at 7:00 AM EST and she will be on SiriusXM for an interview at 2:00 PM EST. You won’t want to miss it!

New Song, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble’ On iTunes at Midnight!

Today on Good Morning America, Taylor previewed the fourth song from, ‘RED‘, entitled ‘I Knew You Were Trouble.’ The song will be available tonight at MIDNIGHT on iTunes! Taylor wrote the song with Max Martin and Shellback who also co-wrote RED‘s lead single, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’.

Taylor tweeted this about the song:


Check out the preview below and don’t forget to buy the track TONIGHT on iTunes!

Next week on Good Morning America Taylor will preview the fifth song from ‘RED‘ and it will be available on iTunes at midnight as well. Then finally, a week later on Monday October 22, ‘RED’ will OFFICIALLY be released into stores everywhere!

Taylor Filming Music Video In Paris!

Taylor on the set of her new music video for ‘Begin Again’ in Paris, France.

Taylor is currently filming her new music video for her second single off of ‘RED’, ‘Begin Again.’

She tweeted this message on September 30:

The video for ‘Begin Again’ should be out by the end of October. Scott Borchetta tweeted this message to fans on October 1:

Taylor Interviewed On Nightline!

Last night, ABC’s Nightline featured an interview with Taylor! Cynthia McFadden covered the report. She went behind the scenes with Taylor for her photoshoot for the November cover of Glamour Magazine and sat down to chat with Taylor about her new album ‘RED’ and her career success!

Cynthia McFadden is also the author of the article that will be featured in Glamour Magazine which hits newsstands October 9!

Check out the interview below!

‘Red’ Single Hits #1 on iTunes!

The cover art for the ‘Red’ single.

The title track ‘Red’ from Taylor’s forthcoming album of the same name, due out October 22, is now available for download on iTunes! The track is the third song to be released of of ‘RED’ and has already hit the #1 spot as did the previous two tracks, ‘Begin Again’ and ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’.

Currently, all three of the singles released from ‘RED’ as of now are in the Top 10 of the all genres chart on iTunes wit ‘Red’ at #1, ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together’ at #6, and ‘Begin Again’ at #7. Taylor currently holds the top three spots on the iTunes country chart with ‘Red’ at #1, ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ at #2, and ‘Begin Again’ at #3! Congratulations Taylor!

Each Monday leading up to October 22 Taylor will preview a new song from ‘RED’ on Good Morning America. The following day at 12:00 AM EST the song will be available for download on iTunes!

If you haven’t already bought and listened to ‘Red’ do it here: BUY ‘Red’ on iTunes

Cruel Internet Prank Backfires!

As you all know, Taylor will be doing a free concert at a school around October 15, as a part of her Taylor Swift On Campus Contest with Chegg. The contest allowed users to vote via the internet for their school to receive the free concert which will be taped as part of a VH1: Storytellers special. The school with the most votes would then receive the concert and $10,000 towards their music education program. The four schools with the next highest number of votes would also receive $10,000 toward their music program.

Unfortunately, members of the internet known as chan4 and some members of social news site Reddit decided to try and sway the voting towards Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard Of Hearing in Boston as part of a cruel internet prank.

At first the school’s principal Jeramiah Ford heard about the prank he wasn’t offended. He said that his students would still enjoy a concert from Taylor. However, as soon as Taylor caught wind of the prank she worked out a deal with the school and they took themselves out of the running. Taylor donated $10,000 to them and is giving every student at the school free tickets to her next concert stop in Boston. All of the other sponsors from the Taylor Swift On Campus contest have also donated $10,000 to the school making the school’s grand total $50,000! Those sponsors include Chegg, Papa John’s, CoverGirl, and American Greetings.

The top 5 schools from the contest were recently announced. They are listed below:

Winner of the Taylor Swift performance and a $10,000 music grant – Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California

Winners of $10,000 Music Education Grant:
Seton High School – Cincinnati, Ohio
Terra Environmental Research Institute – Miami, Florida
Bellarmine College Preparatory – San Jose, California
California Institute of Technology – Pasadena, California

Don’t worry! If you’re school didn’t win the contest you will still be able to see the show. VH1 will air the concert as a part of their VH1: Storytellers series on November 11, 2012! Don’t miss it!

Also, congratulations to all of the winning schools and a special congratulations to the Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Boston – you deserve it!