Taylor Swift’s surprise album evermore has made an impressive debut on the charts and is holding strong for three weeks.
According to Billboard, the new studio album — which she recorded in secrecy during the pandemic — landed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart in late Dec. 2020.
After the debut, evermore held the top spot for a second week. While numbers were down, 169,000 equivalent album units were earned.
By the third week, the album did slip to No. 2 when Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red took over. Yet by week four, Swift regained her No. 1 place.
The first week of Swift’s sales saw 329,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. for the week ending Dec. 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, giving evermore the fifth-largest week of any album released this year.
Billboard also shared some Swift stats, including the fact that this is Swift’s eighth No. 1 album, nearing the current record of the female artist with the most No. 1 albums, Barbra Streisand, who holds 11.
Meanwhile, evermore is also Swift’s second No. 1 of 2020, making her the first woman — and only the third artist ever — to chart two albums in the top position within the same year.
With her latest No. 1 week, a total of 51 weeks of No. 1 hits, she is now tied with Michael Jackson for the fourth most weeks at No. 1 since the chart started 65 years ago. The only artists who have more are The Beatles (132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67 weeks) and Garth Brooks (52 weeks).