The Week in Album Sales: Eminem Still Sells & Taylor Sells A Million First Week

The country star Taylor Swift moved a staggering 1,046,718 copies of her third album, Speak Now, which accounted for 18 percent of all albums purchased last week, according to Billboard — nearly twice the number of her 2008 effort, Fearless.


Her one-week tally outsold positions no. 2 through 62 combined on the Billboard 200, making it the eighth best-selling album of the year. That ranking will almost certainly go up in the coming weeks.

Elsewhere on the chart, Sugarland’s latest, The Incredible Machine, falls to No. 2 with sales of 89,000. Kings of Leon’s Come Around Sundown takes No. 3, down one from last week with a drop of 63 percent. Lil Wayne’s I Am Not a Human Being climbs to No. 4 just ahead of Eminem’s Recovery, which has moved 2.9 million units this year.
At No. 6, Elton John and Leon Russell’s The Union was followed by Glee’s Rocky Horror-themed soundtrack. Rod Stewart takes the No. 8 position with his latest collection, Fly Me to the Moon, while Darius Rucker’s new country effort, Charleston, SC 1966 lands at No. 9.
Michael Bublé’s Hollywood EP, which was available as part of a deluxe reissue package with his 2009 release Crazy Love, is the only other debut in the top 10, coming in at the 10th spot with sales of 26,000 units.

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