Taylor Swift’s Latest Re-Record Has Officially Become the Biggest Billboard Debut of Her Career
Taylor Swift has outdone herself yet again. While the Grammy-winning diva is no stranger to breaking records, her most recent re-release of 2014's 1989 has officially become her most successful album debut to date.
The album sold 1.6 million units in the United States — and 3.5 million units globally — in its first week, beating the previous record she set for herself with the reissue of the original 1989 album in 2014.
According to Billboard, Taylor's latest re-record has the biggest debut of any album based on unit sales since Adele's 25 was released in 2015, as well as the sixth-largest sales week since Luminate began electronically recording music sales in 1991.
Taylor stated on Instagram shortly after the release of her new album, "I was born in 1989, reinvented for the first time in 2014, and a part of me was reclaimed in 2023 with the re-release of this album I love so much."
"This moment is a reflection of the woods we've wandered through, and all this love between us that is still glowing in the darkest dark," she concluded. With gratitude and tremendous delight, I bring to you my interpretation of 1989.
Swift first announced the release of 1989 during her final Los Angeles gig of the Eras Tour in August. Her current release comes months after she launched Speak Now in July, which was preceded by the releases of Fearless and Red in 2021.