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This is a list of the top 100 largest sales weeks for an album for the decade to date, that is from January 1st 2010 and ending December 31st 2019. I thought it might be interesting to see biggrin.gif

Italic refers to an album that was not on its début week and purple refers, as ever, to British artists.


Rank. Chart Date - Sales - TITLE - Artist

1. 15/11/14 - 1,287,000 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
2. 10/11/12 - 1,208,290 - RED - Taylor Swift
3. 11/06/11 - 1,108,403 - BORN THIS WAY - Lady GaGa
4. 13/11/10 - 1,046,718 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
5. 06/04/13 - 968,018 - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE - Justin Timberlake
6. 17/09/11 - 963,970 - THA CARTER IV - Lil Wayne
7. 23/11/13 - 792,394 - THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 - Eminem
8. 10/07/10 - 741,413 - RECOVERY - Eminem
9. 03/03/12 - 729,900 - 21 - Adele
10. 12/10/13 - 657,922 - NOTHING WAS THE SAME - Drake

11. 03/12/11 - 630,571 - TAKE CARE - Drake
12. 28/12/13 - 617,319 - BEYONCÉ - Beyoncé
13. 13/10/12 - 599,915 - BABEL - Mumford & Sons
14. 14/12/13 - 546,230 - MIDNIGHT MEMORIES - One Direction
15. 01/12/12 - 539,665 - TAKE ME HOME - One Direction
16. 27/07/13 - 528,471 - MAGNA CARTA…HOLY GRAIL - Jay-Z
17. 31/08/13 - 527,783 - CRASH MY PARTY - Luke Bryan
18. 27/02/10 - 501,665 - SOLDIER OF LOVE - Sade
19. 11/12/10 - 495,835 - MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY - Kanye West
20. 13/02/10 - 480,922 - NEED YOU NOW - Lady Antebellum

21. 24/12/11 - 479,377 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé
22. 07/01/12 - 467,236 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé
23. 31/12/11 - 447,673 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé
24. 12/11/11 - 447,411 - MYLO XYLOTO - Coldplay
25. 03/07/10 - 446,680 - THANK ME LATER - Drake
26. 27/08/11 - 436,078 - WATCH THE THRONE - Jay-Z & Kanye West
27. 03/11/12 - 409,303 - NIGHT TRAIN - Jason Aldean
28. 22/11/14 - 401,599 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
29. 07/01/12 - 398,766 - 21 - Adele
30. 06/12/14 - 387,098 - FOUR - One Direction

31. 07/06/14 - 382,665 - GHOST STORIES - Coldplay
32. 11/12/10 - 375,191 - PINK FRIDAY - Nicki Minaj
33. 07/07/12 - 374,264 - BELIEVE - Justin Bieber
34. 04/01/14 - 373,803 - BEYONCÉ - Beyoncé
35. 14/04/12 - 358,653 - MDNA - Madonna
36. 27/12/14 - 353,538 - 2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE - J. Cole
37. 12/03/11 - 351,649 - 21 - Adele
38. 19/10/13 - 349,755 - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE: 2 OF 2 - Justin Timberlake
39. 01/10/11 - 347,479 - OWN THE NIGHT - Lady Antebellum
40. 17/11/12 - 344,249 - RED - Taylor Swift

41. 08/06/13 - 338,677 - RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES - Daft Punk
42. 04/12/10 - 334,505 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
43. 03/01/15 - 331,478 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
44. 17/04/10 - 329,107 - RAYMOND V RAYMOND - Usher
45. 06/07/13 - 326,841 - YEEZUS - Kanye West
46. 10/01/15 - 325,609 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
47. 20/11/10 - 319,701 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
48. 27/11/10 - 317,895 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
49. 13/04/13 - 317,587 - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE - Justin Timberlake
50. 17/07/10 - 313,292 - RECOVERY - Eminem

51. 16/07/11 - 310,309 - 4 - Beyoncé
52. 11/01/14 - 310,270 - BEYONCÉ - Beyoncé
53. 06/07/13 - 296,642 - BORN SINNER - J Cole
54. 10/03/12 - 296,549 - 21 - Adele
55. 17/12/11 - 292,501 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé
56. 17/04/10 - 290,903 - MY WORLD 2.0 - Justin Bieber
57. 01/03/14 - 287,668 - THE OUTSIDERS - Eric Church
58. 09/11/13 - 285,839 - PRISM - Katy Perry
59. 10/04/10 - 282,672 - MY WORLD 2.0 - Justin Bieber
60. 13/12/14 - 281,212 - 1989 - Taylor Swift

61. 06/10/12 - 280,128 - THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE - Pink
62. 25/10/14 - 278,096 - OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT - Jason Aldean
63. 27/12/14 - 277,607 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
64. 31/12/11 - 276,689 - 21 - Adele
65. 16/04/11 - 276,446 - FEMME FATALE - Britney Spears
66. 08/01/11 - 276,142 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
67. 05/01/13 - 275,508 - RED - Taylor Swift
68. 18/12/10 - 271,567 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
69. 26/10/13 - 270,417 - BANGERZ - Miley Cyrus
70. 09/04/11 - 270,381 - F.A.M.E. - Chris Brown

71. 19/05/12 - 267,338 - BLOWN AWAY - Carrie Underwood
72. 29/09/12 - 265,961 - AWAY FROM THE WORLD - Dave Matthews Band
73. 11/12/10 - 262,865 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
74. 01/01/11 - 259,136 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
75. 03/05/14 - 258,807 - FROZEN - Soundtrack
76. 09/08/14 - 258,643 - 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER - 5 Seconds Of Summer
77. 30/11/13 - 258,201 - ARTPOP - Lady GaGa
78. 01/01/11 - 254,341 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
79. 21/04/12 - 253,057 - PINK FRIDAY: ROMAN RELOADED - Nicki Minaj
80. 17/03/12 - 246,529 - 21 - Adele

81. 25/12/10 - 243,227 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
82. 19/06/10 - 242,630 - TO THE SEA - Jack Johnson
83. 02/12/10 - 241,214 - A THOUSAND SUNS - Linkin Park
84. 12/01/13 - 241,202 - RED - Taylor Swift
85. 10/11/12 - 241,139 - GOOD KID M.A.A.D CITY - Kendrick Lamar
86. 11/12/10 - 240,530 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
87. 02/10/10 - 240,209 - PASSION PAIN AND PLEASURE - Trey Songz
88. 08/01/11 - 240,022 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
89. 04/12/10 - 239,234 - O HOLY NIGHT - Jackie Evancho
90. 08/12/12 - 237,541 - UNAPOLOGETIC - Rihanna

91. 25/02/12 - 237,479 - 21 - Adele
92. 30/04/11 - 234,527 - WASTING LIGHT - Foo Fighters
93. 28/07/12 - 234,289 - UNCAGED - Zac Brown Band
94. 07/01/12 - 232,938 - TM:103: HUSTLERZ AMBITION - Young Jeezy
95. 20/12/14 - 230,238 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
96. 24/07/10 - 229,296 - RECOVERY - Eminem
97. 17/09/11 - 228,926 - I'M WITH YOU - Red Hot Chili Peppers
98. 01/01/11 - 227,673 - MICHAEL - Michael Jackson
99. 10/12/11 - 227,133 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé
100. 10/12/11 - 226,714 - HERE AND NOW - Nickelback

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Top 50 Début Weeks:
Rank. Chart Date - Sales - TITLE - Artist

1. 15/11/14 - 1,287,000 - 1989 - Taylor Swift (2014 debut)
2. 10/11/12 - 1,208,290 - RED - Taylor Swift
3. 11/06/11 - 1,108,403 - BORN THIS WAY - Lady GaGa
4. 13/11/10 - 1,046,718 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
5. 06/04/13 - 968,018 - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE - Justin Timberlake
6. 17/09/11 - 963,970 - THA CARTER IV - Lil Wayne
7. 23/11/13 - 792,394 - THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 - Eminem
8. 10/07/10 - 741,413 - RECOVERY - Eminem
9. 12/10/13 - 657,922 - NOTHING WAS THE SAME - Drake
10. 03/12/11 - 630,571 - TAKE CARE - Drake

11. 28/12/13 - 617,319 - BEYONCÉ - Beyoncé
12. 13/10/12 - 599,915 - BABEL - Mumford & Sons
13. 14/12/13 - 546,230 - MIDNIGHT MEMORIES - One Direction
14. 01/12/12 - 539,665 - TAKE ME HOME - One Direction
15. 27/07/13 - 528,471 - MAGNA CARTA…HOLY GRAIL - Jay-Z
16. 31/08/13 - 527,783 - CRASH MY PARTY - Luke Bryan
17. 27/02/10 - 501,665 - SOLDIER OF LOVE - Sade
18. 11/12/10 - 495,835 - MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY - Kanye West
19. 13/02/10 - 480,922 - NEED YOU NOW - Lady Antebellum
20. 12/11/11 - 447,411 - MYLO XYLOTO - Coldplay

21. 03/07/10 - 446,680 - THANK ME LATER - Drake
22. 27/08/11 - 436,078 - WATCH THE THRONE - Jay-Z & Kanye West
23. 03/11/12 - 409,303 - NIGHT TRAIN - Jason Aldean
24. 06/12/14 - 387,098 - FOUR - One Direction (2014 debut)
25. 07/06/14 - 382,665 - GHOST STORIES - Coldplay (2014 debut)
26. 11/12/10 - 375,191 - PINK FRIDAY - Nicki Minaj
27. 07/07/12 - 374,264 - BELIEVE - Justin Bieber
28. 14/04/12 - 358,653 - MDNA - Madonna
29. 27/12/14 - 353,538 - 2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE - J. Cole (2014 debut)
30. 12/03/11 - 351,649 - 21 - Adele

31. 19/10/13 - 349,755 - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE: 2 OF 2 - Justin Timberlake
32. 01/10/11 - 347,479 - OWN THE NIGHT - Lady Antebellum
33. 08/06/13 - 338,677 - RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES - Daft Punk
34. 17/04/10 - 329,107 - RAYMOND V RAYMOND - Usher
35. 06/07/13 - 326,841 - YEEZUS - Kanye West
36. 27/11/10 - 317,895 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
37. 16/07/11 - 310,309 - 4 - Beyoncé
38. 06/07/13 - 296,642 - BORN SINNER - J Cole
39. 01/03/14 - 287,668 - THE OUTSIDERS - Eric Church (2014 debut)
40. 09/11/13 - 285,839 - PRISM - Katy Perry

41. 10/04/10 - 282,672 - MY WORLD 2.0 - Justin Bieber
42. 06/10/12 - 280,128 - THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE - Pink
43. 25/10/14 - 278,096 - OLD BOOTS, NEW DIRT - Jason Aldean (2014 debut)
44. 16/04/11 - 276,446 - FEMME FATALE - Britney Spears
45. 26/10/13 - 270,417 - BANGERZ - Miley Cyrus
46. 09/04/11 - 270,381 - F.A.M.E. - Chris Brown
47. 19/05/12 - 267,338 - BLOWN AWAY - Carrie Underwood
48. 29/09/12 - 265,961 - AWAY FROM THE WORLD - Dave Matthews Band
49. 09/08/14 - 258,643 - 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER - 5 Seconds Of Summer (2014 debut)
50. 30/11/13 - 258,201 - ARTPOP - Lady GaGa

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Top 20 Male Sales Weeks:
Rank. Chart Date - Sales - TITLE - Artist

01. 06/04/13 - 968,018 - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE - Justin Timberlake
02. 17/09/11 - 963,970 - THA CARTER IV - Lil Wayne
03. 23/11/13 - 792,394 - THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP 2 - Eminem
04. 10/07/10 - 741,413 - RECOVERY - Eminem
05. 12/10/13 - 657,922 - NOTHING WAS THE SAME - Drake
06. 03/12/11 - 630,571 - TAKE CARE - Drake
07. 27/07/13 - 528,471 - MAGNA CARTA…HOLY GRAIL - Jay-Z
08. 31/08/13 - 527,783 - CRASH MY PARTY - Luke Bryan
09. 11/12/10 - 495,835 - MY BEAUTIFUL DARK TWISTED FANTASY - Kanye West
10. 24/12/11 - 479,377 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé

11. 07/01/12 - 467,236 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé
12. 31/12/11 - 447,673 - CHRISTMAS - Michael Bublé
13. 03/07/10 - 446,680 - THANK ME LATER - Drake
14. 27/08/11 - 436,078 - WATCH THE THRONE - Jay-Z & Kanye West
15. 03/11/12 - 409,303 - NIGHT TRAIN - Jason Aldean
16. 07/07/12 - 374,264 - BELIEVE - Justin Bieber
17. 27/12/14 - 353,538 - 2014 FOREST HILLS DRIVE - J. Cole
18. 19/10/13 - 349,755 - THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE: 2 OF 2 - Justin Timberlake
19. 17/04/10 - 329,107 - RAYMOND V RAYMOND - Usher
20. 06/07/13 - 326,841 - YEEZUS - Kanye West


Top 20 Female Sales Weeks:
Rank. Chart Date - Sales - TITLE - Artist

01. 15/11/14 - 1,287,000 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
02. 10/11/12 - 1,208,290 - RED - Taylor Swift
03. 11/06/11 - 1,108,403 - BORN THIS WAY - Lady GaGa
04. 13/11/10 - 1,046,718 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
05. 03/03/12 - 729,900 - 21 - Adele
06. 28/12/13 - 617,319 - BEYONCÉ - Beyoncé
07. 22/11/14 - 401,599 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
08. 07/01/12 - 398,766 - 21 - Adele
09. 11/12/10 - 375,191 - PINK FRIDAY - Nicki Minaj
10. 04/01/14 - 373,803 - BEYONCÉ - Beyoncé

11. 14/04/12 - 358,653 - MDNA - Madonna
12. 12/03/11 - 351,649 - 21 - Adele
13. 17/11/12 - 344,249 - RED - Taylor Swift
14. 04/12/10 - 334,505 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
15. 03/01/15 - 331,478 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
16. 10/01/15 - 325,609 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
17. 20/11/10 - 319,701 - SPEAK NOW - Taylor Swift
18. 27/11/10 - 317,895 - THE GIFT - Susan Boyle
19. 29/11/14 - 312,000 - 1989 - Taylor Swift
20. 16/07/11 - 310,309 - 4 - Beyoncé


Top 10 Group Sales Weeks:
Rank. Chart Date - Sales - TITLE - Artist

01. 13/10/12 - 599,915 - BABEL - Mumford & Sons
02. 14/12/13 - 546,230 - MIDNIGHT MEMORIES - One Direction
03. 01/12/12 - 539,665 - TAKE ME HOME - One Direction
04. 27/02/10 - 501,665 - SOLDIER OF LOVE - Sade
05. 13/02/10 - 480,922 - NEED YOU NOW - Lady Antebellum
06. 12/11/11 - 447,411 - MYLO XYLOTO - Coldplay
07. 06/12/14 - 387,098 - FOUR - One Direction
08. 07/06/14 - 382,665 - GHOST STORIES - Coldplay
09. 01/10/11 - 347,479 - OWN THE NIGHT - Lady Antebellum
10. 08/06/13 - 338,677 - RANDOM ACCESS MEMORIES - Daft Punk

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Et voilŕ. Hope this list is of some interest to people, needless to say I'll keep it updated. Interesting that the only million+ sales weeks of the decade to date have been by females - they really do have the strongest fanbases!

I'm sure there are some mistakes and particularly formatting errors in the thread so feel free to point them out!
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Thanks for putting this together! I know it's been said to death but this really puts into perspective just how unbelievable the post-Grammys week for '21' was, especially considering how much it had already sold up to that point.

The one that sticks out as quite strange in that list is Sade - what did they do to get first week sales on a similar level to One Direction and Jay-Z?!
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Was Adele's 700k+ after the Grammy's or something? Absolutely massive!
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Yes, it was!

QUOTE({ bré } @ Aug 9 2014, 07:29 PM) *
The one that sticks out as quite strange in that list is Sade - what did they do to get first week sales on a similar level to One Direction and Jay-Z?!

You know I really have no idea. The only explanation I could think of was that it was their first album in a decade, was accompanied by their first tour in the same length of time and got very good reception. Their last album had been certified 3x Platinum so it was probably just a hugely anticipated release among their fanbase. Very impressive they shifted 500k in a week in February.
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QUOTE({ bré } @ Aug 9 2014, 07:29 PM) *
The one that sticks out as quite strange in that list is Sade - what did they do to get first week sales on a similar level to One Direction and Jay-Z?!

Because Sade is an album seller that I'd put under the coffee table label.


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Yay at red top and especially Speak Now in 3- one of the best albums ever
Also nice to see Frozen on there


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QUOTE(britster @ Aug 16 2014, 09:45 PM) *
Because Sade is an album seller that I'd put under the coffee table label.

What does this mean? laugh.gif
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QUOTE(Ultraviolence @ Aug 16 2014, 02:02 PM) *
Yay at red top and especially Speak Now in 3- one of the best albums ever
Also nice to see Frozen on there
Taylor is actually super consistent with sales here, which is a good thing dance.gif

Gives me such high hopes for 1989... Praying that it sells over 1 mil opening week as well
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Added Jason Aldean.

I can't believe Coldplay have the biggest sales week / debut this year.

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Big thanks for the list

I highly doubt that Taylor can reach 1m, it'd be nice if she did though. But given that the second best opening of the year is under 400k, I'd say 800k could be quite accurate this time.
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I think she'll come in at #6 or #7 on this list laugh.gif

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QUOTE(britster @ Oct 26 2014, 09:51 PM) *
I think she'll come in at #6 or #7 on this list laugh.gif

Guess I was wrong laugh.gif


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I think everyone was wrong. In retrospect we were probably silly to think her sales would drop off so much - I could imagine her next album opening with even more drama.gif
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Crazy that the only 1+ million sales week so far this decade have been by females, by the way! Of course when 3/4 of those weeks are Taylor, it's a bit less of a success for the female gender as a whole, but it's still bizarre and cool to see.
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Really interesting lists compiled here. Quite sad the lack of influence 2014 has had on these lists for this decade (bar 1989's first week sales). Our Q4 this year is currently rather underwhelming in terms of upcoming releases. Hopefully 2015 gets things back on the right track.
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QUOTE(Umi @ Nov 6 2014, 02:37 PM) *
In retrospect we were probably silly to think her sales would drop off so much - I could imagine her next album opening with even more drama.gif


Hmm, I don't think we were, really! I think it was fair to assume Taylor's monstrous success and mass appeal had been mainly down to her accessible, modern country sound and wholesome image. Despite the fact 'Red' was pop-centred and still achieved massive opening sales, there were songs on it that clearly would have appealed to the country music market, who are obviously much more loyal album-buyers than others. Also, since the debut of 'Red', she's had quite a bit of negative media attention about her private life which may have tainted the relatable image on which her success was built. So in further alienating her original country fanbase by transitioning completely to pop with '1989', I don't think anyone could have expected her first week to actually increase on that of 'Red', especially considering the state of 2014 album sales in general.

In saying that though, I'm very happy to have been proven wrong! It just shows how much of a phenomenon Taylor Swift is as a personality and brand, considering that her music and other factors have changed significantly and yet her sales are higher than ever.


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Born This Way still has the highest digital sales debut in Billboard history tho
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