Harry Styles breaks Taylor Swift’s vinyl sales record with ‘Harry’s House’

Harry Styles broke the one-week vinyl sales record previously held by Taylor Swift for her “Red (Taylor’s Version)” in the United States last year with her third solo album, “Harry’s House.”

The pop star made the biggest debut (521,500 equivalent first-week album units) since Adele’s “30” racked up 839,000 units last November. In doing so, it also set the record for the biggest vinyl sales week of the modern era. [via Billboard].

“Harry’s House” includes 330,000 sales without streaming and individual track sales taken into account. That means it’s also the best pure sales week of the year, and a big enough number that Styles would have posted the biggest debut of 2022 based on sales alone.

Its sales total includes 182,000 vinyl sales, the most in one week since the creation of Luminate (then called Nielsen SoundScan) in 1991. This amount exceeds the previous one-week vinyl sales record of 114,000 set by Swift. . “Harry’s House” also achieved 189,000 streaming equivalent units, or 246.96 million on-demand track streams.

Harry Styles performs “Harry’s House” at UBS Arena in Belmont Park CREDIT: Apple Music

The news follows the revelation that this is the fourth week in a row that a new album in the US has posted the best week total of the year following the releases of Future, Bad Bunny and Kendrick Lamar.

In the UK on Friday May 27, Styles scored a chart double, earning number one spots on both the album and single charts. “Harry’s House” went straight to number one and is currently the best-selling album of 2022 so far.

It’s the first time in 2022 that someone has scored a brace in the UK. The last was Ed Sheeran with his album ‘=’ and ‘Merry Christmas’ with Elton John late last year.

Meanwhile, Styles has pledged more than $1million (£791,000) to a US gun safety support fund. Working with Live Nation, Styles pledged the money to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund in the United States after the Uvalde school shooting last week.

Jack L. Goldstein