Taylor Swift's 'Folklore' Becomes First Million-Selling Album of 2020 in U.S.

5:41 PM PDT 10/25/2020 by Keith Caulfield, Billboard

Her last album, 'Lover,' was the only album to sell a million in the U.S. in 2019.

As Taylor Swift’s Folklore album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for an eighth nonconsecutive week (on the chart dated Oct. 31), it also becomes the first album to sell a million copies in the U.S. in 2020.

With another 57,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the tracking week ending Oct. 22 (according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data), Folklore’s total album sales jump past 1 million (to 1.038 million), making it the first album to sell a million copies in 2020. It’s also the first album released in 2020 to sell a million.

Folklore was released on July 24 and debuted atop the Aug. 8-dated Billboard 200. Swift’s last album, Lover, released on Aug. 23, 2019, was the only album to sell a million in the U.S. in 2019. It sold 1.09 million that year, of its now-total 1.22 million.

Folklore and Lover are the only albums released in 2019 and 2020 to sell a million copies in the U.S.

Folklore is Swift’s ninth album to sell at least 1 million copies in the U.S. Those nine albums include all eight of her studio efforts, along with her Christmas release The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection.

Here’s a look at all of Swift’s million-selling albums, in order of release: Taylor Swift (2006, 5.75 million sold to date), The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection (2007, 1.08 million), Fearless (2008; 7.21 million), Speak Now (2010, 4.71 million), Red (2012, 4.49 million), 1989 (2014, 6.25 million), Reputation (2017, 2.28 million), Lover (2019, 1.22 million) and Folklore (2020, 1.04 million).

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.


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