NEW YORK/California  - As many as a million revelers braved frigid weather and poured into New York’s Times Square for America’s annual New Year party, which this year featured Taylor Swift.

Revelers in the Big Apple, wearing red traditional festive top hats snapped selfies as a giant illuminated crystal ball slid down a pole, touching ground at precisely the stroke of midnight. Times Square, known across the globe for its non-stop bustle, erupted in cheers and confetti as the nearly 12,000-pound (5,400-kilogram) ball, featuring 32,000 LED lights and 2,688 Waterford crystals, marked the final minute of 2014.

Almost 200 million Americans were expected to tune in for the moment, and organizers estimated it would eventually be seen by as many as one billion more people around the world. TV celebrity Ryan Seacrest hosted a televised live show ahead of the countdown to 2015, and several musical acts including Taylor Swift and singer-songwriter Idina Menzel are set to perform.

The temperature was around freezing but wind chill made it feel several degrees cooler. Ryo Koto, who had traveled for 30 hours from Fukuoka in Japan, was among the first to arrive in the square. ‘We made it!’ he told the New York Daily News, sporting an American flag across his shoulders and a pair of 2015 glasses. ‘First ones in! This is so awesome, so cool.’ New York police officers were out in force, enforcing an alcohol ban and using bomb-sniffing dogs to check for potential threats.  Taylor Swift stole the crown from the princesses of ‘Frozen’ in the final week of 2014 as her pop-centric ‘1989’ became the top-selling album of the year, Billboard reported on Wednesday.

In the nine weeks since its release, ‘1989’ sold 3.66 million copies, clipping the 3.53 million in sales for the soundtrack of the Disney blockbuster, which was the top-selling album of the year every week except the final one. ‘1989’ held the No. 1 spot in the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart for the seventh time, selling 430,000 units in the week ending Dec. 28, including 326,000 album copies and over 1 million songs, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

The beleaguered New York Police Department has come under scrutiny in recent days after two of its own were shot dead in an ambush. Some officers, fearing for their safety, have reportedly cut back on arresting people for minor offenses. The man who killed the officers had said he was reacting to the high-profile police killings of unarmed African American men. Several such cases in 2014 sparked nationwide protests. The police department has also been involved in a public spat with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio after he said he had urged his biracial son to take extra care when dealing with officers.

The album, Swift’s fourth No. 1, first launched on the back of ‘Shake It Off,’ but the single ‘Blank Space’ has taken over and is the top song downloaded digitally, according to Nielsen. Swift, 25, does not have any streaming sales in a newly configured Billboard formula. She is one of a handful of top artists protesting some streaming sites like the popular Spotify. In its second week, rapper Nicki Minaj’s ‘The Pinkprint’ retained its No. 2 position in the chart with 156,000 total units sold, from 105,000 albums, 405,000 songs and 1.4 million hits on streaming.

A cappella quintet Pentatonix held at No. 3 with ‘That’s Christmas to Me’ registering 131,000 total sales units. The revamped Billboard 200 counts 10 songs downloaded as equal to one album unit, while 1,500 online streams equals one album unit. The new chart formula unveiled this month is an effort to better represent current music consumption, Billboard said. Album sales have been in steady decline with the rise of individual song downloads and Internet streaming.