“Midnights” by Taylor Swift has the biggest album debut week in almost 7 years
On the eve of the 11th month of the year, Taylor Swift achieved her 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with Midnights.
According to NBC, the set enters the chart with 1.578 million album equivalent units in the US — the largest week for any album in nearly seven years, as noted by Billboard. Adele logged 3.482 million units on the Dec. 12, 2015-dated chart with “25.”
Swift, the outlet adds, is now tied with Barbra Streisand as the female artist with the most No. 1 albums in the chart’s history. She’s the sixth act with over 10 No. 1 albums on the chart, joining the Beatles (19), Jay-Z (14), and Drake, Bruce Springsteen, and Streisand (all with 11). She also becomes the only artist to have five albums debut with over 1 million units sold in their first week in U.S. Nielsen history.
Swift’s 13-track album, officially released on Oct. 21, is already the year’s top-selling album by overall sales; she beats her own record for the largest sales week for an album since her own “Reputation” debuted in 2017.
Three hours after its release, Midnights was followed up with a deluxe version, aka the “3am Edition,” which included seven bonus tracks. There were five different LP editions — four of them with different cover artwork and different LP color variants, plus a separate Target edition duplicating one of those covers but with a different color. The CD edition, which was also available with four different covers and interior artwork, logged 395,000 in sales — contributing to her record-breaking sales week.