Taylor Swift Named World’s Top Selling Artist of 2014
There is truly something to be said of the selling-power of Taylor Swift. In a world where music sales are seemingly a thing of the past, Taylor's numbers are practically unheard of. So it should come as no surprise to anyone that she was recently named the world's top-selling artist of 2014.
Taylor's album sales for 1989 -- it sold 1.2 million copies within its first week in the Unites States alone, a feat not managed since the release of Eminem's The Eminem Show way back in 2002 when buying music was still a thing -- were insanely impressive, especially considering that the album wasn't even released until Oct. 27. According to Yahoo!, the "Blank Space" singer became the top-selling recording artist in the world after physical sales, downloads and streams were all tallied up. This makes things even more interesting when you remember that Taylor removed her catalog from the popular music streaming website, Spotify, last year.
However, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, also known as the IFPI, said the immensely popular soundtrack to the Disney film Frozen would have ultimately topped Taylor as the world's best-seller, but the IFPI only ranks individual artists. Still, by the end of 2014 Frozen had been out for well over a year, giving the soundtrack infinitely more time to beat Taylor's record.
One Direction nabbed the number two spot after coming in at number one in 2013. Ed Sheeran, Coldplay, AC/DC and Michael Jackson rounded out the top six spots, making Taylor the only female artist to rank so high. Congratulations, Taylor! Keep on taking over the world.
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