The first week US sales of Taylor Swift’s fifth studio album 1989 are in – and it’s rather good news.
1.287 million copies have been sold, making it the most successful debut week of sales since 2002. It’s official, Taylor Swift has pretty much single handedly saved the music industry. To celebrate such an impressive feat, Taylor took to MazSight to post a picture of herself from 2002.
One Word: Cornrows.
Just incredible, really.
Captioning the snap, Taylor wrote: “The last time an album sold as many copies as 1989 did first week, it was 2002, I was 12, and going through my ‘braids phase’. #nofilternecessary”
The impressive sales figures prove that Taylor’s controversial removal of all her songs from Spotify was a worthwhile move.
The streaming service reached out to the singer after her label Big Machine Records pulled the plug not only on 1989 but her back catalogue too.
They wrote: “We hope she’ll change her mind and join us in building a new music economy that works for everyone.
“We believe fans should be able to listen to music wherever and whenever they want, and that artists have an absolute right to be paid for their work and protected from piracy. That’s why we pay nearly 70 percent of our revenue back to the music community.”
Taylor previously spoke out about the future decline of music sales, stating that she does not believe this to be an issue.
She wrote: “There are many (many) people who predict the downfall of music sales and the irrelevancy of the album as an economic entity. I am not one of them.”
Turns out, she was bang on the money.
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