Taylor Swift Becomes First Woman to Have Four Top 10 Albums

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Taylor Swift sets some high-listing benchmarks with its release”Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)“album. Not only has it debuted at #1 with the highest numbers of the year ever for any release, but is also one of four albums in the top 10 of the album chart. BillboardIt’s the first time in the entire sixty-year history of an album chart that a woman has done it – and she’s one of only three artists to have achieved this feat.

Swift also broke the record for the most #1 albums by a female artist in history: She now has a dozen albums, ahead of Barbra Streisand, with whom she had previously tied with 11 albums each.

“Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” leaned over the table. Billboard 200 With 716,000 album-equivalent units. That number ensured there wasn’t even a photo finish in this year’s opening weekend derby, as the previous best number was for Morgan Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time”, which debuted with 501,000 in March.

Swift’s other three top-ten albums in her victorious quartet are “Midnights”, which ranked 5th in 2022, “Lover” in 2019, which ranked 7th, and “Folklore” in 2020, which ranked 10th.

The other two are Herb Alpert and Prince, in response to snoopers who might want to know who’s on the very short list of artists with four albums in the top 10 at once. When Alpert did this in 1966, he was the last living person to rule so many. This happened after Prince’s death, right after his death in 2016. No one else has had four at once since the painting was created in 1963.

“Speak Now (Taylor’s Version)” also marked the biggest release of three re-records to date in Swift’s campaign to remake all albums originally recorded for former label Big Machine. “Red (Taylor’s Version)” is now in second place, with 605,000 coming out the door in late 2021. “Fearless (Taylor’s Version)”, the first in that series, had a less auspicious bow at 291,000 in early 2021. The fewer numbers are partly due to the much coveted vinyl version not yet available at the time of general release. This one, like the others, still easily debuted at #1.

In an age where most #1 albums take almost all of their power from listening, “Talk Now” made up most of the total. The actual sales of the album in the first week reached 507,000 copies. Record sales accounted for 268,500 of them. Billboard says it’s the second best week for a record album since SoundScan began tracking them in 1991. The only LP in the last 32 years to have a better opening week is Swift’s own “Midnights,” which sold 575,000 copies on record. at the door last October.

By overall opening numbers, including streaming and sales, “Speak Now” is the biggest album since “Midnights”, which debuted with 1.58 million units in its first week.

Billboard also states that it is the fifth biggest broadcast of the last five years for “Speak Now” with 716,000 copies. Swift albums account for four-fifths of those debuts, and Adele’s “30” is the fourth biggest out there, just ahead of “Speak Now.”

It should be noted that amid the Swift attack, other top 10 albums include Wallen’s “One Thing at a Time” at number 2 (104,000 units) and “Dangerous” at number 6; Lil Uzi Vert’s “Pink Tape” in 3rd place (with 61,000 in week 2, two places down from last week’s 1st place); Featherweight’s “Genesis” is 4th and Gunna’s “A Gift and a Curse” is 9th.

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