Exclusive: Taylor Swift's first-week UK album sales from debut to now, revealed

Where has The Tortured Poets Department landed on the list?
Taylor Swift Biggest Album Opening Weeks

Taylor Swift's 11th studio album The Tortured Poets Department is already off to an absolute blinder.

Predicted to take over this week's Official Singles Chart Top 3 with Post Malone collab Fortnight, title track The Tortured Poets Department and So Long, London, the record has also earned the superstar a personal best; now Taylor Swift's biggest-ever opening week in the UK with just 96 hours of tracking recorded.

And here, for the first time, we exclusively reveal the first-week sales of every Taylor record to date in anticipation of this Friday's (April 26) final result. See the full countdown below.

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Taylor Swift's opening week album sales in the UK:

14. Taylor Swift

Released: 2007

UK Official Chart peak: 81

UK first week units: Less than 1000

Truly showcasing Taylor's humble beginnings in the UK, her self-titled debut Taylor Swift failed to impact the Official Albums Chart in its opening week. Having shifted fewer than 1000 UK chart units in its first seven days on sale here, it wasn't until October 2009 that the LP first charted in the UK; debuting at Number 88 before peaking at Number 81 the following week.

13. Fearless (Taylor's Version)

Released: 2021

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 21,200

The first of her re-recorded works, Taylor's Version of her second studio album is the only reissue not to have outperformed the original record in its opening week. Fearless (Taylor's Version), released in April 2021, racked up just over 21,000 units in its first seven days in the UK.

Keep reading to find out how the original Fearless fared.

12. evermore

Released: 2020

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 27,400

Surprise release evermore saw Taylor claim a very rare feat in December 2020, as she secured two Official Number 1 albums within the same calendar year; following folklore in August, just four months prior.


11. Speak Now

Released: 2010

UK Official Chart peak: 6

UK first week units: 28,200

Speak Now became Taylor's second UK Top 10 album in November 2010, spawning the singles Today Was A Fairytale (57) and Mine (30).

10. Fearless

Released: 2009

UK Official Chart peak: 5

UK first week units: 33,800

The first of Taylor's albums to make the Official Albums Chart in its opening week, second studio release Fearless debuted (and peaked) at Number 5 here in the UK. As aforementioned, it remains the only original release to have outperformed its Taylor's Version reissue in its first week to date.

9. folklore

Released: 2020

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 37,100

Remember the chaos that ensued when Taylor surprise-dropped folklore in August 2020? The record debuted at Number 1 on streams and downloads alone, becoming Taylor's fifth chart-topping LP at the time.

8. Lover

Released: 2019

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 53,000

Lover's chart-topping opening week was made up of 27 million track streams, 24,000 physical sales and 11,000 downloads in the UK.

The record famously spawned Cruel Summer which, after much fan demand, was retrospectively given the single treatment in 2023. Its promotion paid off, as Cruel Summer belatedly scaled the Official Singles Chart to peak at Number 2.

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7. Red

Released: 2012

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 61,800

Taylor's first-ever Official Number 1 album in the UK back in 2012, Red was straight out the gate with an opening week figure of 61,800 - but where has its 2021 re-recording landed on the list?

6. Speak Now (Taylor's Version)

Released: 2023

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 67,100

Speak Now (Taylor's Version) more than doubled its original release's first week total and saw the superstar extend her record-breaking succession of Number 1 albums, too. On its charting, Taylor took the title as the female solo artist to have claimed 10 chart-topping albums in the fastest succession; with 10 years and eight months separating her first Number 1 Red in 2012 and 2023’s Speak Now (Taylor’s Version).

5. Red (Taylor's Version)

Released: 2021

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 72,300

Fun fact: Red (Taylor's Version) surpassed the original record's first week by more than 10,500 units.

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4. reputation

Released: 2017

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 83,600

Courting controversy upon its release, Taylor's revenge-fuelled reputation racked up the tabloid column inches and some big opening numbers to boot. Preceded by her first-ever UK Number 1 single Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor's sixth studio release lands in fourth place on the list.

3. 1989

Released: 2013

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 90,300

On a roll following the chart-topping success of Red a year prior, Taylor's first foray into mainstream pop saw her reap the rewards. 1989 shifted in excess of 90,000 units in its first week here in the UK, though that has nothing on...

2. 1989 (Taylor's Version)

Released: 2023

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 185,000

More than doubling the first week figure of 1989, 1989 (Taylor's Version) outperformed the rest of the Top 10 combined in its week of release; also going on to be named 2023's Official biggest vinyl album.

It saw Taylor secure the Official Chart Double, too, as Is It Over Now? (Taylor's Version) simultaneously topped the Official Singles Chart.

Taylor Swift 1989 Number 1 Album

1. Midnights

Released: 2022

UK Official Chart peak: 1

UK first week units: 204,500

2022's Midnights is the behemothThe Tortured Poets Department had to beat this week. Having shifted an incredible 204,500 UK chart units in its first seven days, the album saw Taylor overtake Madonna to generate the fastest succession of nine UK Number 1 albums of any female artist in chart history. Casual.

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So, what numbers can The Tortured Poets Department pull in over the coming days? Find out the record's final figures this Friday April 26 here at OfficialCharts.com, and be sure to tune in to The Official Chart with Jack Saunders on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Sounds from 4pm.

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