Taylor Swift Surpasses Lil Wayne’s ‘A Milli’ Record on the Charts

Taylor Swift has made news in the hip-hop world once again. The pop country singer, known for her brush with Kanye West during his outburst at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, has crushed 50 Cent and Lil Wayne’s historical reign on the Billboard charts.

According to the Nielsen SoundScan report, released today (November 3), Swift sold 1,046,700 units of her new album Speak Now, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200. The last time an artist surpassed one million in sales in their first week on shelves was Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III in June 2008 with 1,006,000. Before that the largest selling debut week for an album on the charts was 50 Cent’s sophomore effort, The Massacre, which pushed 1,141,00 in March 2005.

While he wasn’t No. 1, Weezy who is set to be released from jail tomorrow, landed at No. 4 on the charts this week. I Am Not A Human Being was purchased 42,900 times over the last seven days, making its overall numbers stand at 366,100.

One spot down at No. 5 is Eminem. Recovery picked up an additional 37,600 units this go-round, putting its 19-week tally in the 2,898,600 spectrum.

Rounding out the top 40 is Waka Flocka Flame and Rick Ross. Flockaveli stands at No. 35 with 10,000 and Teflon Don at No. 36 with 9,800 in sales over the last week. Overall Waka pushed 77,200 and Ross 452,900.

Next week look for Weezy and Eminem to fight over the top rap spot. —Elan Mancini

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  • simon

    rap is crap

  • NYC

    but none of them come close to Eminems record which was 1.7 Million First week in 2004 with the Marshall Mathers LP

    • Anti-NYC

      WTF???? Marshall Mathers LP???? 2004??? 1.7 Million First Week??? WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT???????????

  • http://www.twitter.com/Pierzy Pierzy

    How is it Wayne’s record if other artists sold more?

  • Gemz

    Glad to see the Teflon Don is almost gold.

  • http://www.bboycult.com Don mcCaine

    This thread is misleading as hell…

    There’s some faulty math up there to make her the winner.

    And it ain’t like Kanye fans decided to buy her album because of what happened, which is the reason this was even posted from the jump.

  • Taylor Swift

    Y’all rap niggas can suck my dick I run this shit now.

  • Hpnotic

    The marshall mathers LP came out in 2000 not 2004..

  • Dortiz

    @ NYC nobody is touching N’Sync 2.4 mill in one week. Just saying.

  • Sharoyce Antwan


    I cosign that!
    NSync holds the record

    Sharoyce Antwan- Santa Clause (prod. by Lex Luger of 1017 Brick Squad)

  • http://xxl talkingtou

    what do u not understand? everybody seems to forget about mmlp and its success the first week sales .

  • numbersdontlie

    dam em almost beat weezy on his 19th week sales. lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/bryantoden Bryant K. Oden

    Even though its not hip hop. Those Taylor Swift album sales are paying someones salary. Good news right here.

    Bryant K. Oden
    A&R Consultant/Artist Manager


  • NYC


    in 2000 *

  • upnorth

    This is another epic fail by the writers at xxl, first of all it isnt lil waynes record, secondly the 2nd last person to do a million in their first week was kanye with graduation, get ya fuckin mind right xxl this is some retarted shit

    • kedordu

      kanye was 900k plus not a milli .

  • http://youtube.com/eniyi04 Niyemortal

    I had to point this out as inaccurate journalism and weird context. Saying Taylor Swift was known for the Kanye incident is bogus because she was known way before that. She definitely didnt crush anybody’s reign because 1) She only beat Wayne by 40,000 and 2) she still sold less than 50′s “Massacre” (which you even posted the number above) and some above me said, N’Sync and Eminem definitely had way higher opening weeks than that. So…..yeah…..

  • common sense

    the single she dropped was about kanye and the incident so the crackers are rallying around her. she wasnt this popular beforehand.

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