Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ debuts with biggest sales in nine years

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift‘s The Tortured Poets Department had already broken many records on its way to what was a certain #1 debut on the Billboard 200 album chart.  Now it’s accomplished that — and racked up the highest sales week in nine years.

The album takes the top spot on the chart with 2.61 million equivalent album units earned. That’s the largest amount of equivalent album units since 2015, when Adele blasted in with 3.482 million units of her album 25.

Of those 2.61 million units, 1.914 million copies came from traditional album sales, meaning digital downloads, CDs, vinyl and cassettes, as opposed to streaming. That gives Tortured Poets the third-largest sales week in the modern era, which Billboard dates to 1991, the beginning of electronic sales tracking. 

The only two albums that have sold more in a single week are Adele’s 25, with 3.378 million, and *NSYNC’s No Strings Attached, with 2.416 million.

What’s more, Taylor now ties Jay-Z for the solo artist with the most #1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart: Both have 14. Only The Beatles have more, with 19. 

Taylor responded to the massive numbers by writing on Instagram, “My mind is blown. I’m completely floored by the love you’ve shown this album. 2.6 million ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS?? Thank you for listening, streaming, and welcoming Tortured Poets into your life. Feeling completely overwhelmed. I was already so fired up to get back to the tour but you doing THIS?? May 9th can’t come soon enough.”

And speaking of the tour, on April 27, she and her boyfriend Travis Kelce attended Patrick Mahomes‘ Golf Classic charity gala, and while there, Travis announced that his “significant other” had decided to donate four tickets to the Eras Tour to be auctioned off. People reports that those tickets brought in $80,000.

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