Taylor Swift debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with her new album, Red. She sold 1.2 million albums, which doubled the previous best week for a debut album in 2012. British folk band Mumford & Sons sold 600,000 copies of Babel, when that album released in late September.
The week is the best for any artist since Eminem sold 1.3 million copies of The Eminem Show in 2002. Taylor now has the second-largest debut for a woman, ever. Only Britney Spears sold more. Oops!...I Did It Again sold 1.3 million in its first week back in 2000.
But, Taylor Swift is now the only woman to have two weeks of million-plus sales. Her last album, Speak Now, sold just over 1 million in its first week.