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Sales boom for Taylor Swift album

Taylor Swift's new album has sold almost 1.3 million copies in its first week.

Nielsen SoundScan said 1989 earned the largest sales in a week for an album - 1.287 million - since The Eminem Show sold 1.322 million units in 2002.

The 24-year-old is the only artist to have three albums push more than one million units in their debut week: 2012's Red sold 1.208 million and 2010's Speak Now sold 1.047 million copies.

Her fifth album features the smash hit Shake It Off and she will launch a world tour next year.

Shake It Off was the most-played song on Spotify last week but in a savvy business move Taylor pulled her music from the streaming service.

That meant a large number of fans would have only one option to hear her new album - buy it - which hundreds of thousands have already done.

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