As expected, Taylor Swift makes a monster-sized debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her new album, Red. The set, the country-pop star’s fourth studio album, soars to No. 1 on the strength of a whopping 1.208 million copies sold in its first week out.
The astonishing sales sum for Red easily beats the 600k copies Mumford & Sons sold of their latest album, Babel, to earn the year’s biggest debut sales week. In fact, Red has the largest opening sales week of any album since 2002 when Eminem‘s The Eminem Show blasted to No. 1 with 1.322 million copies sold.
Red is the second time Taylor has posted more than a million copies sold for an album in its debut week. In 2012, her album Speak Now started with 1.047 million copies sold.
Far behind Taylor, but also making an impressive sales debut is rapper Kendrick Lamar, whose major label debut album, Good Kid, m.a.a.d. City, starts at No. 2 with 241,000 copies sold.