Swift's "Speak Now" sells more than 1M
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Swift's "Speak Now" sells more than 1M

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – Taylor Swift sold more than 1 million units of "Speak Now" in its first week and will debut at number 1 on this week's Billboard 200 chart. The disc sold 1,047,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That made the release the best selling CD since 50 Cent's "The Massacre" with 1,141,000 in March 2005.

The last time a CD sold more than 1 million was Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" with 1,006,000 units sold in June 2008. The record is NSYNC's "No Strings Attached" with 2,416,000 in 2000.

"Speak Now" is Swift's second CD to hit number one on Billboard. "Fearless" turned the same trick with 592,000 units sold in Nov. 2008.

"Speak Now" also had the second biggest sales week of any country CD since 1991 when SoundScan started tracking sales. In 1998, Garth Brooks' "Double Live" sold 1,085,000.

Swift as the largest sales week for any female since 2000 when Britney Spears' "Ooops! I Did It Again" was first with 1,319,000. Swift also had the largest sales by any female since 1991. Shania Twain's "Up!' began with 874,000 units sold in 2002.


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CD review - Speak Now Taylor Swift has made the best CD of her young career with her fourth CD. The biggest difference is that Swift's singing, spotty on previous releases and live performances, is far far superior here. Swift wrote all 14 songs here, which like her other albums tend to deal with relationships that have gone south. Swift's songwriting always has been one of her strengths, and that continues to be the case here - both lyrically and musically. Put simply, Swift knows a lot about penning ...
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