Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’ Off to Record-Breaking Start in U.S. and so is her acting career

Taylor Swift’s Midnights is off to a record-breaking start in the U.S. after its first day in release.

According to initial reports to Luminate, the album, which was released on Oct. 21, has sold more than 800,000 copies in the U.S. through its first day across all available formats (multiple digital album download, CD, vinyl and cassette variants). It has already logged the largest sales week for any album since 2017, is the top-selling album of 2022 year-to-date, and has set a modern-era record for single-week vinyl album sales.

2022’s Top-Selling Album After One Day: Midnights’ initial sales sum already makes it the biggest-selling album of 2022 year-to-date. Previously, 2022’s top-selling album, year-to-date, was Harry Styles’ Harry’s House, with 620,000 copies sold through the week ending Oct. 13.

It’s assumed that Midnights’ sales figure will increase in the coming days, as the tracking week ends on Thursday, Oct. 27. The set’s final sales number is expected to be announced on Sunday, Oct. 30, along with its expected large debut on the multi-metric Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Nov. 4). If Midnights debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, it will mark Swift’s 11th chart-topping effort.

News of initial streaming-and-track-equivalent activity for the album, as provided by Luminate, will reported in the coming days.

Biggest Sales Week for Any Album Since Swift’s reputation in 2017: With just one day of sales, Midnights logs the largest sales week for any album in the U.S. since Swift’s own reputation debuted with 1.216 million copies sold in its first week (ending Nov. 16, 2017).

Reputation was also the last album to sell more than 1 million copies in a single week in the U.S., a feat that has become difficult to achieve in recent years as consumers transition to consuming music through streaming services. (Yearly U.S. album sales decreased in every year from 2012-2020.)

Since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991, there have only been 23 instances – by 21 different albums – where an album sold at least 1 million copies in a single week. One of those albums, Adele’s 25, sold over 1 million in three separate weeks.

Modern-Era Vinyl Sales Record: Further, Midnights handily breaks the modern-era record for single-week vinyl album sales in the U.S., with over 400,000 copies sold so far. That’s the largest week for an album on vinyl since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991. It surpasses the previous high, set earlier this year, when Harry’s House debuted with 182,000 vinyl copies (week ending May 26, 2021).

Midnights’ overall initial sales figures include any pre-orders of the album that were fulfilled to the customer through Oct. 21, as well as traditional in-store sales that were generated on the day of release.

Midnights arrived after months of pre-release promotion and pre-orders – and its initial sales figure is bolstered by an array of available versions and variants of the album.

Midnights is available to purchase in a standard digital album (both clean and explicit), an iTunes-exclusive version with a bonus track (clean and explicit), four standard CD editions (each with a different cover, both clean and explicit), four vinyl LP editions (each with a different cover and colored vinyl) and a cassette tape.

Target is also selling an exclusive “Lavender” edition of the album on CD and colored-vinyl LP, with the CD boasting three bonus tracks.

In addition, in the weeks leading up to release, Swift’s webstore sold pre-orders of signed copies of the four standard CD albums and the four standard vinyl LPs. Midnights is also available in a deluxe boxed set with a CD edition of the album and a Swift-branded T-shirt, exclusively for Capital One cardholders.

Three hours after Midnights arrived, Swift issued a deluxe edition of the album with seven bonus songs (20 tracks total) to streaming services and digital retailers (with the later including a digital liner notes booklet).

Taylor Swift’s Acting Career Is Bigger Than You May Think

Taylor Swift is a musical sensation. She first got her start at a very young age in country music, winning numerous awards for her talent in songwriting. Swift is one of the few artists to remain if not gain popularity after making the transition from country music to pop music. The talented singer showcased her skill by releasing two alternative albums in 2020. While still making new music, Swift is also in the process of re-recording all of her old music to own her work.

While Swift is clearing a very talented musician, music is not all she does. Over the years, Swift has acted in both television and film. Most of her roles have incorporated her musical skill. She even directed and produced her own short film in 2021. Here is a timeline of Taylor Swift’s acting career.

8 Taylor Swift’s First Role In CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Taylor Swift made her acting debut in 2009 in the hit television show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She played Haley Jones in the episode Turn, Turn, Turn. Fans of the singer were excited to see her guest role on the show.

Taylor Swift is famous for her blonde hair, but CSI: Crime Scene wanted to put a spin on what fans were expecting to see from the singer. Swift had brown hair in the episode. Fans are used to seeing Swift in a wig, like in her music video for “You Belong With Me.”

7 Valentine’s Day Was Taylor Swift’s First Film

Taylor Swift wanted to take on a bigger project, so she joined the cast of Valentine’s Day. In the film, Swift acted as the character Felicia Miller—and she was back to her staple blonde hair. Swift’s character was the love interest of William Harrington, who was played by Taylor Lautner.

Having hit it off on set, Swift and Lautner began dating. They only dated for a couple of months at the end of 2009, but their relationship inspired Swift. She wrote her hit song “Back To December” as a form of an apology to the actor for the way their relationship ended.

6 Taylor Swift Voice Acted For The Lorax

The children’s film The Lorax hit theaters in 2012 and the cast was full of popular celebrities. The cast included Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Betty White, Ed Helms, and Taylor Swift. The “Willow” singer voiced Audrey, and fans loved to watch Swift try out a new form of acting.

2012 was also the year that one of Swift’s most successful albums, Red, broke the charts. Fans were shocked Swift did not win Album of the Year at the Grammy’s for this album. Many consider the singles off this album to be some of her best work.

5 Taylor Swift Made A Cameo In New Girl

New Girl was a hit show for the Fox network. The show ran for seven seasons and starred Zooey Deschanel as Jessica Day. New Girl centers around a group of friends who all live together, and there is plenty of comedy and turmoil of the heart.

Taylor Swift appeared in the season 2 finale for a brief cameo. In the episode, character Cece is about to marry Shivrang before she admits she has feelings for Schmidt. Shivrang also has feelings for a character named Elaine, played by Swift. Fans of the singer were so surprised to see Swift emerge from the crowd for the cameo.

4 Taylor Swift In The Giver

Taylor Swift returned to the big screen in the 2014 film The Giver. The movie is based off the book of the same name written by Louis Lowry. The story is young adult dystopian and depicts a society that at first appears utopian, but is actually corrupt.

The film stars Brenton Thwaites as the main character. Famous celebrities also joined the cast, including Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. In the film, Swift plays Rosemary. The film received mixed reviews, and was ultimately considered a flop because it did not profit at the box office.

3 Taylor Swift Sings In Cats

The film Cats is likely the biggest failure that Taylor Swift was a part of. The film was meant to be a live action of the famous musical, but fans immediately took issue with the bizarre choices in special effects and CGI. Critics also did not enjoy the film and the movie lost a lot of money.

Cats actually had a huge cast, which made its failure even worse. The film starred James Corden, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, and many more. Other famous actors also had cameos, including Rebel Wilson. Swift played Bombalurina and sang an original song for the film.

2 Taylor Swift Directed All Too Well: The Short Film

Acting is not all Taylor Swift does in the film industry. Swift is currently in the process of re-recording all of her old albums since music manager Scooter Braun refused to sell her the rights to her own music. In the process, Swift decided to direct a short film for her 10-minute version of her song “All Too Well.”

Dylan O’Brien and Sadie Sink star as “Him” and “Her” in the short film. Taylor Swift plays an older version of “Her” at the end of the film. Sink adored working with Swift on the project, saying “She’s such an incredible human being, so smart and so grounded. To have her as a friend, as a director, as a mentor and to be able to bring such an iconic song to life was just an honor.”

1 Taylor Swift Sings With Christian Bale In Amsterdam

A new film featuring Taylor Swift just hit theaters. Amsterdam has a star-studded cast, including Christian Bale, John David Washington, and Margot Robbie. Swift plays Liz Meekins in the new film, and she was able to showcase her musical talent in a scene with Bale and Washington.

Bale recalled what it was like singing alongside Swift in the film. The director asked him and Washington, “How about Christian and J.D. [John David Washington] just shut up for this one and let Taylor do it?” Bale then stated Swift had “an angel’s voice.

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