It’s Official: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Is First 2014 Album to Go Platinum
Last night (Nov. 4), as many Americans were glued to their TV screen watching election day results, there was a small group of music fans (1.287 million to be exact) celebrating the first 2014 record to go platinum: Taylor Swift's '1989.'
It didn't come as a surprise -- last week, Billboard announced that industry executives were speculating the album would crack the 1 million mark; in fact, in its first day, '1989' sold a whopping 600,000 units.
Most interesting about this feat is the fact that Swift's album was not available on Spotify -- and even before the official numbers were released, her label pulled her past catalog from the streaming service, too. There's no arguing that the lack of universal availability of '1989' led to its landmark sales (that, and the fact that America is Swift-obsessed).
Congratulations to Swift for knocking this one out of the park, but don't get too excited; Britney Spears moved 1.3 million units with 2000's 'Oops! ... I Did It Again.'