Gareth Cliff, whose new venture will include a TV show, gave us a first look at the Cliff Central headquarters!

Katy Perry destroyed a 5-year-old kid's birthday party to film scenes for her new music video!

Swift sells a million copies

2010-11-04 08:22
 
Los Angeles - Country-pop singer Taylor Swift thanked her fans on Wednesday for buying more than one million copies of her new album Speak Now, making it the biggest first week seller in five years.

"I... Can't... Believe... This... You guys have absolutely lit up my world. Thank you," Swift said in a Twitter message. Official Nielsen SoundScan figures showed that Speak Now sold 1 047 000 copies in the United States during the week that ended October 31.

It was the biggest sales week for an album since rapper 50 Cent's 2005 album The Massacre sold 1 141 000.

The critically well-praised album - the third from the 20 year-old singer-songwriter - also notched up the second-largest sales week of any country album since 1991.

The bumper numbers, helped by a massive promotional push including TV appearances, advance digital releases of some of the new songs and free concerts by Swift, came after years of music industry gloom over declining album sales and piracy.

Commentary on men

Swift, who won four Grammys earlier this year, has carved out a distinctive niche over the past two years for songs that address adolescent heart-break and the social perils of high-school.

Her album Fearless was the biggest selling record of 2009.

In Speak Now, she delivers a forthright commentary on several men who have broken or messed with her heart.

The album includes songs widely believed to refer to singer John Mayer, pop star Joe Jonas, rapper Kanye West, Twilight actor Taylor Lautner, and music industry critics who slammed her shaky vocal performance at the 2010 Grammy Awards.

Nashville music industry writer David Ross, editor of MusicRow, said Swift's success flies in the face of conventional wisdom about the dire state of the recording industry.

Unlike many of the top-charting female artists of today, Ms Swift eschews tabloid behaviour and asks fans to focus on her music," Ross said on Wednesday.

"In some universal way, her life contests connect with similar moments that have brushed the fabric of others as well," Ross added.



- AP

Read more on:    taylor swift  |  us  |  celebrities  |  music
NEXT ON CHANNEL24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Recent News

Britain's baby Prince George has stepped out in public with his parents for the first time in Australia, for an encounter with wildlife at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. Read More »

Royal watchers are scrutinising the duchess of Cambridge on her New Zealand tour after husband Prince William appeared to hint a second baby is on the way. Read More »

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.