Taylor Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” regains Billboard 200 throne

Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) has reclaimed the throne, ascending from the second position to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for the week ending December 30. This accomplishment marks the fourth nonconsecutive week at the summit for the album, which garnered an impressive 136,000 equivalent album units in the US, reflecting a substantial 25% surge compared to the previous week, according to data from Luminate.

Fueling the resurgence of Swift’s 1989 is the sustained momentum in vinyl sales attributed to holiday shopping fervour and promotional activities. Having previously secured the top spot for two weeks in November and an additional week in early December, the album’s return to No. 1 showcases its enduring popularity and the artist’s unwavering influence.

With this achievement, Taylor Swift now boasts a cumulative total of 67 weeks at No. 1 across all 13 of her chart-topping releases. This remarkable feat puts her on par with the legendary Elvis Presley, tying for the most weeks at No. 1 among soloists since the inception of the Billboard 200’s weekly publication in 1956. The only act surpassing Swift and Presley in this regard is The Beatles, with an astounding 132 weeks atop the chart.

Beyond the pinnacle success of 1989 (Taylor’s Version), Swift commands a strong presence on the Billboard 200, with a total of three albums in the top 10. Joining the ranks are former No. 1s Midnights, securing the third position with 75,000 units (up 31%), and Lover, claiming the seventh spot with 60,000 units (up 22%).

As the music landscape continues to evolve, Swift’s dominance on the charts reaffirms her status as a chart-topping force, setting records and captivating audiences across generations. For more chart updates, stay tuned to Billboard’s website, where the latest rankings will be posted on December 27, a day later than usual due to the Christmas Day holiday.

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