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Taylor Swift in the 'Red'

Taylor Swift's new album is called "Red," but its true colour is a brilliant platinum. The 22-year-old sold 1.2 million copies of her latest album in its first week, the largest sales week for any album in a decade.

Nielsen SoundScan confirmed the sales Tuesday night. "Red" marks Swift's second straight album to sell more than 1 million in its first week; "Speak Now," her third album, sold a little over 1 million when it was released in 2010. She's the only woman to have two albums sell more than 1 million copies each in its first week.

The only other act to do so was 'N Sync.

Swift tweeted to her fans Tuesday night: "Thanks a million."


The Canadian Press

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