Taylor Swift Ties Whitney Houston's Album Chart Record
By Paris Close
September 7, 2020
Swift’s eighth studio album folklore reached yet another feat with its sixth straight week at holding the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart. Per the outlet, Swift’s surprise record has garnered over 90,000 equivalent album units (in the week ending September 3) and also scored the most weeks at the top spot since Drake’s Views remained at No. 1 for 13 nonconsecutive weeks in 2016.
It’s these latest accomplishments that helped the “Cardigan” singer tie the legendary Houston’s record of 46 cumulative weeks at the top spot, making them the only two female artists in history to achieve this feat. The only other female artist to come close to this record is Adele, who falls 12 weeks short with 34 weeks at No. 1.
Additionally, with folklore earning its sixth week topping the chart, Swift also matches The Beatles’ record of having at least five albums each to remain at No. 1 for six weeks.
Folklore, which arrived on July 24, previously set the bar as the best-selling album of 2020. At more than 846,000 copies sold in the United States in its first week, Swift surpassed Juice WRLD’s posthumous LP, Legends Never Die, which debuted to approximately 500,000 units sold in its first week.
The Swift-Houston tie recognition is just the latest in a long line of accomplishments the superstar has received for folklore, which in its arrival, made Swift the first female artist to have seven albums debut in the No. 1 spot.
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