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Taylor Swift’s “Tortured Poets Department” Debuts With 4 Million Global Sales Equivalents, Becoming 14th 7-Figure Debut

Taylor Swift continues to deliver blockbuster numbers.

Taylor Swift - The Manuscript press photo by Beth Garrabrant, courtesy of Republic Records

Taylor Swift’s “The Tortured Poets Department” was an absolute behemoth domestically and around the world, extending the artist’s streak of million-plus opening weeks.

According to Republic Records, “Tortured Poets” surpassed 4 million in global consumption/sales equivalent units during its first week of release.

Based on notes from previous Republic announcements, the new album becomes Swift’s fourteenth release to reach 1 million in global first-week consumption.

The 4 million global figure includes a blockbuster 2.6 million in US consumption. Said figure marks the second-greatest opening of all-time; only Adele’s “25” started with more first-week units in the US.

As it rules the Billboard 200, the album’s focus single “Fortnight (featuring Post Malone)” will start at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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