"Fearless" Finishes Its First Week Out
First day sales of “Fearless” totalled 217,000, with sales of 592,304 copies sold in the first week, 129,000 of them being digital downloads, the fourth biggest-week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking them in 2004.
The album debuted at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums, Canadian Albums Chart, and Canadian Top Country Albums Chart.
In its second week of release, the album dropped to #4. In the fifth week, The album made its ascent back to the #1 spot, where it stayed for the next seven weeks for a total of eight non-consecutive weeks at #1, making it the longest-running album among the releases that topped the chart in 2008 and the first album by a female artist in country music history to log eight weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200. It dropped to #2 in its twelfth week, and in the next week it dropped further to #4, although it was the greatest gainer. In its 14th week, the album reclaimed the #1 position, spending a total of eleven weeks, the most weeks at the top since Santana's Supernatural remained atop the chart for twelve weeks. In its 15th week, it was bumped to the #2 position by U2's No Line on the Horizon. Fearless is the fifth longest-running number-one album by a female artist in the Billboard 200 history. In addition she is the only singer to have achieved the longest-running album as a country female recording act in the Billboard 200 history. The album has spent 27 weeks in the top ten on the Billboard 200, becoming the longest run for a country album in the top ten since Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts", which also had 30 weeks from 2005 to 2007.
In New Zealand, the album debuted at number two on March 16, 2009, jumping to number one the following week. The album was certified Gold after four weeks on the chart, selling over 7,500 copies. The album was then certified Platinum after seventeen weeks, selling over 15,000 copies.
Since the release on November 11, 2008, the album Fearless has gone to sell nearly 4 million copies worldwide. In Australia, the album has been certified Platinum.
In the United Kingdom, the album debuted strongly at number 5 and is currently placed strongly at number 11, so far spending ten consecutive weeks in the top 20. Whilst being interviewed on The Paul O'Grady Show in May 2009, she was presented with a Gold disc for sales of over 200,000 in the United Kingdom.
During the first week of release, more than 129,000 of Swift's sales were sold digitally. This gives Swift the best online start for any country album in history. It also makes Swift the fourth biggest week for a digital album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking them in 2004. Through its eighth week of release, Fearless has sold more than 338,467 paid downloads, making it the bestselling country album in digital history. In second place is Swift's debut Taylor Swift with sales of 236,046 downloads as of April 18, 2009.