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Taylor Swift Equals Madonna’s Record with 12 Number 1 Albums in UK Chart History

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Taylor Swift has once again asserted her dominance in the music industry with her latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department.” In a spectacular display of her star power, Swift secured her 12th Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart in the UK, solidifying her status as one of the greatest artists of all time.

After 15 years since her debut on the UK chart, Swift continues to shatter records and defy expectations. The Official Charts Company revealed that “The Tortured Poets Department” has amassed a staggering 270,000 chart units in just seven days, surpassing Swift’s own personal best and outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined.

Notably, Swift’s latest masterpiece has surpassed Adele’s 2021 release, “30,” to achieve the biggest opening week in the UK in seven years. With 12 Number 1 albums now to her name, Swift joins the ranks of legends like Madonna and Bruce Springsteen, cementing her place in music history.

What’s even more remarkable is that Swift’s achievement extends beyond her records. “The Tortured Poets Department” marks the biggest opening week for an international act in the UK in 18 years, a feat that even surpasses iconic acts like The Beatles.

Swift’s rapid ascent to superstardom is unparalleled, as she becomes the fastest artist to accumulate 12 Number 1 albums in Official Chart history, outpacing even The Beatles. Furthermore, she extends her record as the only artist to claim 12 Number 1 albums in the 21st century, all achieved consecutively.

In addition to her album’s success, Swift also dominates the Official Singles Chart with her track “Fortnight” featuring Post Malone, marking her fourth Number 1 single in the UK. With two songs in the Top 5, Swift reaffirms her position as a powerhouse in the music industry.

Martin Talbot, Chief Executive of the Official Charts Company, praised Swift’s remarkable achievements, emphasizing the significant impact of her return to music. He remarked, “This is truly Tay-Tay’s moment – and we are all here for it.”

As “The Tortured Poets Department” continues to captivate audiences worldwide, Taylor Swift’s reign as the ultimate music sensation shows no signs of slowing down. With each record-breaking release, she cements her legacy as an icon for generations to come.

Official Chart Round-up

In the wake of Swift’s monumental success, other artists have also made waves on the Official Albums and Singles Charts. Pearl Jam’s “Dark Matter” debuted at Number 2, marking their highest-charting UK album in 11 years, while UB40’s “UB45” entered at Number 5.

On the Singles Chart, Sabrina Carpenter’s “Espresso” climbed to Number 5, becoming her first UK Top 5 single, while rising star Mark Ambor continued his ascent with “Belong Together,” reaching Number 12.

Meanwhile, Drake’s controversial track “Push Ups” debuted at Number 14, and Shaboozey earned his first career entry into the Top 40 with “A Bar Song (Tipsy),” rising to Number 16.

As the music landscape continues to evolve, Taylor Swift’s unparalleled success serves as a testament to the enduring power of her artistry and influence.


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