LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Taylor Swift’s third album, released worldwide on Monday, is on track to score the biggest opening week of the year in the United States and could even hit one million copies, industry prognosticators said.
For now, the consensus has “Speak Now” selling between 800,000 to 900,000 copies by week’s end on October 31. Depending on how quickly it flies out the doors during its first few days, the forecast could move toward one million.
So far the best sales week of the year belongs to Eminem’s “Recovery,” which arrived at No. 1 with 741,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The last album to sell one million copies in one week was Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III,” which started its run with 1,006,000 units in June 2008.
“Speak Now’s” sales must be music to the industry’s ears, after many superstar album releases this year have failed to meet or exceed first-week expectations. Her last album, “Fearless,” started at No. 1 with 592,000 in November 2008 and has sold 6 million copies to date.