Taylor Swift is undoubtedly one of the biggest pop stars in the world at the moment, and it looks like she is going to have a huge sales milestone to back that up. Since her third album Speak Now was released last Monday (October 25), there has been speculation all over the music business that Swift would be able to sell over one million copies in its opening week, a feat that used to be a relatively common occurrence among huge stars but now is pretty rare (the last album to pull it off was Lil Wayne's Tha Carter III in 2008). But based on early sales figures and sources at her label, it looks like Swift is a lock to move over one million copies of Speak Now in a single week.
According to Billboard, it also seems likely that Swift will top the number that Tha Carter III did in 2008, meaning that Swift may be on her way to having the best single sales week since 2005 when 50 Cent's The Massacre moved 1,141,000 units in its first week.
Yesterday, we asked fans whether or not they thought Swift could actually do it, and they overwhelmingly said yes. A good 59 percent of those responding to our poll said that Swift would sell over one million copies of Speak Now, a healthy distance ahead of the 20 percent of those who thought she would sell over 900,000 but fall just short of the seven figure mark. Beyond those figures, 10 percent felt that Swift would top 800,000 but go no higher, and four percent thought 800,000 would be the plateau. It certainly makes sense, as the people who are out buying copies of Speak Now certainly would know about its sales power. In the meantime, Swift is well on her way to having the biggest-selling album of the year for the second straight year (Fearless was tops in 2009).