Taylor Swift made history with the release of her new album, Folklore.
The record debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, making her the only artist ever to have seven albums sell half a million copies in a week.
Furthermore, the record’s lead single “Cardigan” has now also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200.
Swift is the first artist to ever debut at number one on both of these charts.
“Cardigan” sold 71,000 copies in its first week and was streamed 34 million times.
The track is Swift’s second song to debut at number one following 2014′s “Shake It Off.”
Folklore was the top selling album of 2020 with global sales of over 2 million worldwide and over half a billion total streams on audio and video in just one week.
The record is the biggest album debut by an artist since Swift released the award-winning Lover 11 months ago.
The album is her highest rated critically acclaimed record on Metacritic, currently ranked 96.5.
The Grammy winners album release came as a surprise.
“I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into,” she wrote on social media hours before its launch. “I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine.”
Folklore held strong and for four weeks has had the No. 1 spot. It is the first time since 2015 that a woman has held the top spot for that long. Adele last held the record with 25 for seven weeks and a total of 10 non-consecutive weeks at No.1.
This is also Swift’s first album to stay at No. 1 for four weeks.