Country pop songstress Taylor Swift is back and her fourth album, titled “Red,” holds the reign of the highest selling album in the past decade. Since its October 22, 2012 release, the album has sold a whopping 1.208 million copies within the U.S. and shot to the top of both Billboard Top 200 and Country Album charts. In fact, album sales for any musician have not peaked as highly since Eminem’s June 2002 release of “The Eminem Show” which sold 1.322 million copies in the first week following its release.
Swift offered a public address regarding the record sales via Twitter on Tuesday, October 30, 2012. She tweeted: “They just told me Red sold 1.2 million albums first week. How is this real life?! You are UNREAL. I love you so much. Thanks a million ;).” True to herself, and her Big Machine Label, Swift’s standard straight shooting, heart piercing style set to the strum of a guitar and twang of a banjo has evolved. “Red” marks a crossed boundary into experimental self exploration for Swift. The album has a little bit of everything from her classic country roots, across the spectrum to mixed up dubstep, Indie-Rock, and, of course, glitzy pop.
Fans are ecstatic and critics are praising Swift’s “Red” album. Already the third biggest selling album of the year,if sales continue to soar, it may quite possibly overtake Adele’s “21” album (which sold 4.114 million copies.) Considering the rate at which people within the U.S. have been purchasing the album, with sales of two albums every second from October 22, 2012 until October 28, 2012 (per reports from SoundScan,) “Red” may be the biggest album Swift has released since 2009’s “Speak Now” which sold over 2.960 million albums.