Taylor Swift Named Top-Selling Artist Of The Year By Billboard And Nielsen Soundscan

For the second time in three years, Taylor Swift has been named Billboard & Nielsen SoundScan’s top-selling artist of the year, with over 4.4 million albums sold in 2010, according to sales figures released this week. Taylor was also SoundScan’s top-selling artist in 2008, and her Fearless album was 2009’s biggest-selling CD. In addition, with over 34 million tracks sold to date, Taylor remains the top selling digital artist in music history, again holding the #1 position atop Billboard ‘s chart of Top Selling Digital Artists. No matter what you think of Taylor Swift personally, you can’t deny that the girl sales records and lots of them. At this current rate she is on pace to be in the same company as Michael Jackson and The Beatles. I suppose the only question to ask now is who can stop Taylor Swift? The only person I can think of is her.


Taylor has sold more than 4 million albums each year for three consecutive years, and is the only artist to sell 4+ million albums each of the last three years. This week, Taylor’s latest Big Machine Records release, Speak Now, spends its fifth week at #1 on Billboard ‘s all-genre Top 200 Albums chart. Speak Now has been certified triple-platinum and was 2010’s best-selling internet album.

Taylor has had one of Billboard ‘s ten biggest albums every year since 2007. The debut single from Speak Now , “Mine,” went to #1, and the album’s second single, “Back to December,” is currently climbing both the Country and Pop radio charts. Released in October, Speak Now sold over 1,046,000 copies the first week, for the biggest debut-week sales for an album since 2005, and the biggest debut ever for a country studio album. Every song from Speak Now has charted on the Billboard Hot 100, eleven of them at the same time.

Taylor’s career sales now exceed 19 million albums and 33 million song downloads, and in 2010 she won four GRAMMY awards, including Album of the Year. Taylor will spend the greater part of 2011 on tour in support of Speak Now, playing 90 shows in 19 countries. The tour kicks off February 9th in Singapore.

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  1. I’m not a fan of Taylor Swift or anything but this sales numbers are just ridiculous.

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