Taylor Swift's Red has highest first week sales since 2002
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - Country-pop star Taylor Swift's latest album Red has notched up the highest first week US sales figures in a decade.
According to Nielsen SoundScan figures, Red sold 1.2 million copies in its first week of release, giving Swift her biggest debut numbers in an already stellar career.
Swift's album, which will land at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 on Wednesday, will be the 22-year-old singer's third album to top the chart, following 2008's Fearless and 2010's Speak Now.
Swift is now also the only female singer to have seen two of her albums sell more than a million copies in the United States in one week. Speak Now sold just over 1 million copies in the first week after its release two years ago.