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With 5M copies sold, Taylor Swift’s “1989” is fastest-selling album in a decade

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Taylor Swift’s smash hit album 1989 has crossed the 5 million copies sold threshold in the U.S., according to Nielsen, the company that tracks music sales. The album shattered the 5 million mark in its 36th week since it was released. That’s the fastest an album has reached that figure in 11 years, in fact. Back in 2004, Usher’s Confessions rocketed to the five million mark in just 19 weeks. 1989 has been on the Billboard 200 chart during every single week of its release, and this week, it rose to its highest position yet: third place. On the heels of her face-off with Apple last month, the news is further evidence of T-Swift’s power in the music industry.

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