Taylor Swift passes a million US sales with new album

Image caption, This is Taylor Swift's second number one album after Fearless topped the chart in 2008

Country singer Taylor Swift's new album Speak Now has debuted at the top of the US charts, selling the most copies in a single week since March 2005.

The singer is only the 16th person to have shifted more than a million albums in a week since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

She now holds the highest number of record sales since 50 Cent's The Massacre reached number one.

Experts had predicted Swift's record would only sell up to 900,000 copies.

The last artist to sell more than a million copies in a single week was rapper Lil Wayne with 2008's Tha Carter III, which launched at number one .

However, NSYNC's No Strings Attached still holds the highest sales record for 2.4 million copies which were sold in 2000.

Swift's album has the second-largest sales week of any country album since 1991, coming second to Garth Brooks' 1998 effort Double Live.

According to US music website Billboard, industry experts had predicted Swift's record would sell significantly fewer than a million copies.

Speak Now is her second number one album, after Fearless topped the chart in 2008.

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