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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’: 9 Key Numbers to Know Ahead of ‘Taylor’s Version’

Taylor Swift’s 2014 album 1989 was a critical and commercial success, becoming her best-selling album to date. The album has been certified nine times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.


In anticipation of the release of 1989 (Taylor’s Version), a re-recording of the album, here are 9 key numbers to know about the original album:

  1. 3 No. 1 Hot 100 hits: 1989 spawned three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: “Shake It Off,” “Blank Space,” and “Bad Blood.”
  2. 5 top 10 Hot 100 hits: In addition to the three No. 1 singles, 1989 also had two other top 10 Hot 100 hits: “Style” and “Wildest Dreams.”
  3. 1.287 million copies sold in its first week: 1989 sold 1.287 million copies in its first week of release, breaking the record for the highest first-week sales by a female artist.
  4. 11 total weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200: 1989 spent 11 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Swift’s longest-running No. 1 album.
  5. 12.3 million equivalent album units to date: 1989 has sold an estimated 12.3 million equivalent album units to date, according to Luminate.
  6. Won Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards: 1989 won Album of the Year at the 2016 Grammy Awards, making Swift the youngest artist to win the award twice.
  7. Certified nine times platinum by the RIAA: 1989 is certified nine times platinum by the RIAA, making it Swift’s best-selling album to date.
  8. Sold over 12 million copies worldwide: 1989 has sold over 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time.
  9. Re-recording in progress: Swift is currently re-recording her back catalog of albums, including 1989. The re-recording of 1989, titled 1989 (Taylor’s Version), is scheduled to be released on October 27, 2023.

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With these 9 key numbers in mind, it’s clear that 1989 was a massive success for Taylor Swift. The album was critically acclaimed, commercially successful, and won numerous awards. It will be interesting to see how 1989 (Taylor’s Version) compares to the original album when it is released later this year.

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