Taylor Swift is set to reclaim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her highly-anticipated release, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version). The re-recorded edition of her original album Speak Now is poised to make a colossal impact on the tally, earning the title for the largest debut of 2023. The numbers speak for themselves, solidifying Swift’s unrivaled dominance in the music industry.
Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) storms onto the scene with an impressive 716,000 equivalent units shifted, according to Billboard. This enormous figure not only secures Swift the top spot on the chart but also marks the largest opening sum in the United States this year.
The last time Swift delivered an album, Midnights, in late 2022, it opened with a remarkable 1.58 million units, making Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) the first release to come close to that record-breaking feat since.
Prior to the arrival of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), the title of the biggest debut of 2023 belonged to country singer Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time, which arrived with 501,000 equivalent units shifted. Swift’s latest offering surpasses Wallen’s numbers by a significant margin, further highlighting her unparalleled popularity.
The numbers reported above are equivalent units, which take into consideration both streaming and purchases. When focusing solely on pure sales, Swift still emerges as the clear victor of the year. Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) sold a remarkable 507,000 copies in its first week of availability across various formats, including CDs, digital downloads, and particularly vinyl. Before Swift returned, the largest sales week this year in America when looking at pure sales belonged to Stray Kids. The K-pop boy band’s 5-Class opened with 235,000 copies purchased.