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Taylor Swift’s Midnights becomes first album to sell 500,000 vinyl copies in one week

Taylor Swift’s Midnights becomes first album in Nielsen history to break 500,000 vinyl copies sold in the first week

Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights has become the first album in Nielsen history to sell more than 500,000 copies in its first week,

The 32-year-old singer-songwriter released Midnights on Oct. 21, and Billboard reported the album has already become a record-breaker.

Billboard also cited statistics from the music data company Luminate which claims that Swift sold the equivalent of 1.4 million album units in its first five days. 

Vinyl sales: Taylor Swift’s new album Midnights has become the first album in Nielsen history to sell more than 500,000 copies in its first week (pictured August 2022)

Midnights’ 1.4 million equivalent units sold is the most an album has sold in its debut week since Adele’s 25 came out in 2015. 

25 sold 3.482 million equivalent records in its first week in 2015.

There are 20 songs on Midnights’ deluxe edition which have been streamed 423 million on-demand streams. That counts both audio and video streams.

Few hundred thousands: The 32-year-old singer-songwriter released Midnights on Oct. 21, and Billboard reported the album has already sold over 500,000 vinyl copies

Few hundred thousands: The 32-year-old singer-songwriter released Midnights on Oct. 21, and Billboard reported the album has already sold over 500,000 vinyl copies

Another star: Midnights' 1.4 million equivalent units sold is the most an album has sold in its debut week since Adele's 25 came out in 2015 (pictured September 2022)

Another star: Midnights’ 1.4 million equivalent units sold is the most an album has sold in its debut week since Adele’s 25 came out in 2015 (pictured September 2022)

Hundreds of millions: There are 20 songs on Midnights' deluxe edition which have been streamed 423 million on-demand streams (pictured September 2022)

Hundreds of millions: There are 20 songs on Midnights’ deluxe edition which have been streamed 423 million on-demand streams (pictured September 2022)

Those streaming totals account for the fifth-most all-time. The most streams in one week came from Drake’s Scopion. 

News of Swifts vinyl totals came on the same day the video of one of her songs was edited to remove a controversial image. 

Taylor Swift’s music video for new single Anti-Hero has been edited to remove a controversial scene showing her stepping onto a bathroom scale which reads ‘fat.’

The clip on Apple Music, which premiered on October 21, no longer shows a close-up of the scale, with the 32-year old singer simply seen looking at her clone with a shocked expression as she stands in the bathroom.

The decision to remove the scene comes after fans took to social media to brand the singer ‘fatphobic’ for ‘perpetuating that being overweight is bad.’

Goodbye: Taylor Swift's music video for new single Anti-Hero has been edited to remove a controversial scene showing her stepping onto a bathroom scale which reads 'fat'

Goodbye: Taylor Swift’s music video for new single Anti-Hero has been edited to remove a controversial scene showing her stepping onto a bathroom scale which reads ‘fat’

Others slammed the decision to remove the scene, citing Swift’s bravery in addressing body image after she had spoken openly about her own past battle with an eating disorder.

Swift wrote and directed the Anti-Hero music video which depicts her ‘nightmare scenarios and intrusive thoughts [playing] out in real time’.  

In the five-minute long video, singer doesn’t hold back exploring the themes of ‘self-hatred’, depicting herself as two separate entities, one who she sees as her own worst enemy and one that is too afraid to let loose and have fun. 

The video sees her fending off ghosts, being shot through the heart with an arrow,, mental health struggles and even attending her own funeral. 

The track, which has racked up 33million YouTube views includes lyrics such as: ‘I’ll stare directly at the sun but never in the mirror, it must be exhausting always rooting for the anti-hero. Sometimes I feel like everybody is a sexy baby. And I’m a monster on the hill.’ 

Backlash: The clip on Apple Music, which premiered on October 21, no longer shows a close-up of the scale, with the 32-year old singer simply seen looking at her clone with a shocked expression as she stands in the bathroom

Backlash: The clip on Apple Music, which premiered on October 21, no longer shows a close-up of the scale, with the 32-year old singer simply seen looking at her clone with a shocked expression as she stands in the bathroom

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