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Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ is top selling album of 2014

Taylor Swift’s album, named for the year of her birth, moved 3.66 million copies this year, according to Nielsen/Soundscan, making it the top seller of the last 12 months.

A final surge in sales helped Swift melt “Frozen,” which had been the top mover for most of the year. That album, which takes the No. 2 spot, has sold 3.53 album units so far.

Sam Smith’s “In The Lonely Hour,” seized No. 3, with sales of 1.13, followed by the holiday album “That’s Christmas To Me,” from the vocal group Pentatonix, which pushed 1.02 million.

No other album broke the million mark this year. The No. 5 entry – the soundtrack to “Guardians of the Galaxy” – only managed to move 898,000 units.

While Swift’s album may be 2014’s big Kahuna, it still lags beyond “Frozen” in total sales. The soundtrack moved another 300,000 units back in 2013.

Still, given the momentum of “1989,” Swift’s album will certainly trounce “Frozen” in the end. The disc was No. 1 on the latest weekly chart, with sales of over 326,000 copies. Considering its staying power, the disc will surely go on to beat the total sales of Swift’s last album, “Red,” which pushed just over 4 million in all.

Swift’s looming figures are even more impressive given the general depression of the music market. Nielsen/SoundScan’s figures reveal sales of albums this year – including digital figures – plunged 11% from 2013.