Taylor Swift is finishing up her new album, Speak Now, which will be in stores on October 25. According to Billboard, many retail and label executives are asking, "Can "Speak Now" top U.S. debut-week sales of 1 million units? And if Swift can't attain that now-elusive milestone, can anyone?"
The last album to make that milestone was Lil Wayne's The Carter III, which sold slightly more than 1 million units in its first week ended June 15, 2008. Since then, the closest have been AC/DC's Black Ice, which sold 784,000 units in the week ended Oct. 24, 2008 and Eminem's Recovery, debuted with 741,000 units.
"It feels like if anybody can do it now, she could be the one," says Will Botwin, president/CEO of Red Light Management and ATO Records. "She has the sales base and heat from the last few albums. And with all the amazing things she has going on, she is as likely as anybody to reach a million units, especially with the efforts of Big Machine and Universal behind her."
Taylor's ability to appeal to more than just the Country genre will definitely help her sales. There are some executives who think she'll still debut under the million mark. It's definitely going to be a tough task, but we think she can pull it off.
Will you be buying Speak Now when it comes out? The first single, "Mine" is out on August 16.