After Opening Back Catalog to Streaming Services, Taylor Swift Sells a Bunch of Albums and Makes a Bunch More Money

After Opening Back Catalog to Streaming Services, Taylor Swift Sells a Bunch of Albums and Makes a Bunch More Money

When Billboard released its Top Country Albums chart this week, a familiar name kept popping up in the Top 25: Taylor Swift, who had the No. 47 (Taylor Swift), No. 21 (Speak Now), No. 19 (Fearless) and No. 13 (Red) albums on the chart. In addition, 1989 (her non-country album) was No. 31 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

After releasing her back catalog of music to streaming services Spotify, Tidal, Pandora and Amazon on June 8 (it was already available on Apple Music), Taylor’s five studio albums sold 39,154 adjusted albums, which takes into account pure album sales, song sales and song streams.

Here’s the streaming breakdown of Taylor’s five previous albums over the past week, courtesy of Nielsen Music.

  • Taylor Swift: 3,354 adjusted albums sales
  • Fearless: 6,119 adjusted albums sales
  • Speak Now: 5,681 adjusted albums sales
  • Red: 7,765 adjusted albums sales
  • 1989: 16,225 adjusted albums sales

According to Billboard estimates, streams of Taylor’s songs generated $310,000 in revue, with an additional $64,000 in publishing royalties. We don’t know Taylor’s exact cut of the $310,000 because that depends on her label contract with Big Machine. The $64,000 is divided among Taylor, co-writers and publishers, depending on the contracts in place.

Whatever the final tally, it’s pretty good for a week’s worth of work streaming.

photo courtesy Big Machine

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