Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Stays on Top of the Charts in Week Two

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 11.12.14 in News

Surprise: The album that sold more copies in its first week than any other 2014 album sold all year has continued to outsell the competition. Taylor Swift‘s 1989 is still perched atop the Billboard 200. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the Red follow-up sold 402,000 units in the week that ended November 9, down from 1.287 million in its first week.

Before we question whether she should’ve taken Spotify up on the $6 million the company’s CEO suggested she could have earned if she hadn’t pulled her music from the service, let’s consider where that compares for the year. As it turns out, 1989‘s second week was bigger than any other 2014 album’s first week, according to Billboard. The 69 percent drop in sales is more modest than the 72 percent skid Red took in its own second week.

It wasn’t as if Swift had a whole lot of competition in 1989‘s sophomore frame. The top 10 includes only two albums released last week, Bette Midler’s It’s the Girls compilation of girl-group covers (No. 3, 30K) and Calvin Harris’s star-studded Motion (No. 5, 35K). In second place, same as on the previous chart, is the Now 52 compilation, with 59K.

Rounding out the rest of the top 10 are Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt (No. 4, 35K), Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes (No. 6, 30K), Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour (No. 8, 27K), Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I am (No. 9, 26K — no, he’s not more famous than you think, it’s just that Google was selling the album for 99 cents) and Sam Hunt’s Montevallo (No. 10, 25K).

Realistically, though, it was all Swift. One chart she isn’t currently topping: Apple’s iTunes chart of free apps, where the interactive experience based on 1989‘s “Blank Space” video is at No. 79. Unlike the character in the video, though, she probably isn’t mad.