Taylor Swift's 1989 (Taylor's Version) Triumph
The Queen of Pop reigns again.
The queen of pop is back with a vengeance. Taylor Swift has broken all records with her re-recorded version of 1989, the album that catapulted her to global superstardom in 2014. 1989 (Taylor's Version) sold a whopping 1.6 million copies in the U.S. and 3.5 million copies worldwide in its first week of release, making it the best-selling debut week of any album since Adele's 25 in 2015, according to Billboard. It also surpassed her own record that she set with the original 1989 seven years ago. This is Taylor's 13th No. 1 album, and she shows no signs of slowing down.
On Instagram, Taylor expressed her gratitude and joy for the success of her re-recorded album, which is part of her ongoing effort to reclaim her music catalog from her former label. "I was born in 1989, reinvented for the first time in 2014, and a part of me was reclaimed in 2023 with the re-release of this album I love so dearly. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine the magic you would sprinkle on my life for so long," she wrote.
She continued: "This moment is a reflection of the woods we've wandered through and all this love between us still glowing in the darkest dark. I present to you, with gratitude and wild wonder, my version of 1989. It's been waiting for you. Taylor."
Taylor surprised her fans with the announcement of 1989 (Taylor's Version) at her last show of the Eras Tour in L.A. in August. The tour featured songs from her first six albums, which she has been re-recording since last year. She has already released Fearless, Red, and Speak Now (Taylor's Version)s, and fans are eagerly awaiting the rest of her re-recorded albums. Taylor is not only rewriting her history, but also making it.