Taylor Swift’s re-recorded album, ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version),’ originally released in 2014, has achieved the status of the United Kingdom’s fastest-selling album of 2023.
This 21-track project, released on October 27, has made waves by selling over 184,000 copies, surpassing the opening-week sales of the 2014 original album, ‘1989.’
The Official Charts Company announced in a statement that the album debuted at No. 1 on the Official Albums Chart with “184,000 chart units, more than double that of the original 1989’s opening-week sales of 90,000.”
But the record-breaking achievements don’t stop there. Taylor Swift’s ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ also claims the title of the biggest opening week for any album in the UK this year. It stands out as the only album released in 2023 to attain gold status within a single week. This accomplishment marks Taylor Swift’s 11th UK number-one album in her career.
The album broke all-time records for the largest number of first-week streams for an album in Amazon Music’s history. Taylor Swift’s decision to re-record her back catalogue is part of her strategy to regain control of her master recordings.
In 2019, the artist lost control of the master recordings of her first six albums when she parted ways with the Big Machine record label.
Since then, she has released three new albums and re-recorded two previous ones: ‘Red (Taylor’s Version)’ on November 12, 2021, ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’ on April 9, 2021, and ‘Speak Now.’
This endeavor reflects her determination to reclaim her creative work and legacy in the music industry.