Taylor Swift‘s ‘Speak Now’ will debut at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 chart with 1,047,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Largest sales week for an album since 50 Cent’s ‘The Massacre’ hit No. 1 with 1,141,000 in March of 2005. Since SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991, there have only been 16 instances where an album sold at least a million in a week.
‘Speak Now’ has second-largest sales week of any country album since 1991. Only Garth Brooks’ 1998 effort ‘Double Live’ moved more, when it started with 1,085,000. Thus, Swift also achieves the biggest sales week of any female country act since 1991.
‘Speak’ owns the biggest week for any album by any woman since 2000, when Britney Spears’ ‘Oops! I Did It Again’ landed a the No. 1 spot with 1,319,000. In total, just four albums by women have achieved million-plus weeks. Whitney Houston’s ‘The Bodyguard’ soundtrack with 1,061,000, and Norah Jones’ ‘Feels Like Home’ debuted at No. 1 with 1,022,000.
Taylor Swift signed a deal with Elizabeth Arden to put out her own perfume next fall: ‘I have always loved how fragrance can shape a memory.. the way certain scents remind you of events and people that are imprinted in your thoughts. Lately I’ve been having fun experimenting with combining some of my favorite scents, so I’m really excited about working with Elizabeth Arden to develop my own unique fragrance.’