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Swift’s new album straight to the top of the Billboard chart

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This cover image released by Republic Records show “The Tortured Poets Department” by Taylor Swift. (Republic Records via AP)

Of NTB | 29.04.2024 00:52:19

Culture and entertainment: The music magazine himself refers to it as “a historic debut at number 1”.

The 16-song album was released on April 19. Two hours later, Swift surprised fans by dropping another 15 tracks, announcing it was a double album.

In the week up to and including 25 April, 2.61 million so-called album equivalents were sold. Of this, 1.91 million were traditional album sales, including digital downloads, CDs, cassettes and a whopping 859,000 vinyl records.

This is the highest number of vinyl copies of an album sold in a week in modern times, Billboard said on Sunday.

After just one week, “The Tortured Poets Department” is the best-selling so far in 2024. It is the 14th time Taylor Swift’s album has topped Billboard’s album chart.

She has so far released eleven regular albums, four re-recorded albums, five EPs and four live albums.

With that, Swift also became the artist who has achieved twelve number one spots in the UK for her records the fastest – a record she took over from The Beatles.

Taylor Swift resumes her Eras tour with four concerts in Paris starting May 9. The trip then goes to Sweden for three concerts in Stockholm, the closest she will come to Norway this time.

The album has generated over 891 million streams, which is the highest in one week for an album of all time.

On Friday, it was announced that the latest album, often referred to simply as ‘Poets’, had topped the charts in the UK, selling more than the rest of the top ten combined.

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