Swift surpasses 20M in sales
Thursday, March 31, 2011
– Taylor Swift has surpassed the 20 million mark for album sales, it was announced last night just prior to her wrapping the overseas portion of her Speak Now World Tour 2011 with a sold-out show at London's O2 Arena.
Swift has sold 10 million albums in the last 18 months - she reached the 10 million albums sold mark in September 2009. Big Machine Records and Universal Music International executives presented Swift with a plaque commemorating the achievement at a special backstage event at the O2.
The 20 million number represents actual full albums sold - in addition, she has sold more than 33 million paid song downloads, making her the top-selling digital artist in music history.
The 20 million figure is the worldwide combined sales total for her three Big Machine Records studio albums: "Taylor Swift" (released in 2006), "Fearless" (2008), and "Speak Now" (October 2010), plus "The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection" and "Beautiful Eyes" (a Walmart-only release).Swift has earned Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum album sales certifications in 18 countries spanning 5 continents.
The break down in sales is:
Taylor Swift 5,534,805 units U.S. & International
Fearless 8,681,753 units U.S. & International
Speak Now 4,850,246 units U.S. & International
The Taylor Swift Holiday Collection 788,353 units U.S.
Beautiful Eyes 257,047 units U.S.
The tour launched Feb. 9 in Singapore. Swift just added 16 new dates to the North American portion of the tour, which kicks off May 27 with 2 sold-out shows at Omaha's Qwest Center, and now wraps with 2 shows at Madison Square Garden just before Thanksgiving. In total, Swift will have headlined 97 stadium and arena shows around the world this year.
Taylor is currently nominated for four Academy of Country Music Awards, including the evening's biggest honor, the fan-voted Entertainer of the Year Award. Earlier this week, the Academy of Country Music announced that Swift will be awarded their Jim Reeves International Award for her "outstanding contributions to the acceptance of country music throughout the world." Past recipients of this award include Garth Brooks, Dick Clark, Merv Griffin, Buck Owens and Dolly Parton.
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