Taylor Swift breaks records for ‘Folklore’ in Billboard albums chart

Pop star Taylor Swift’s eighth studio album Folklore is making new records.

Swift’s latest album this week became the first album in four years to spend six consecutive weeks in the top spot of the Billboard Top 200 chart.

The album which contained songs “The 1” and “Cardigan” notched higher in charts over Drake, whose 2016 Views album reached the milestone in 2016.

The album also places her in a tie with legendary singer Whitney Houston, for most cumulative weeks in the No. 1 spot among women.

“In isolation, my imagination has run wild and this album is the result. I’ve told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve. Now it’s up to you to pass them down,” Swift posted in her Instagram upon the album’s release.

Earlier, the record’s lead single “Cardigan” debuted at number one, giving Swift her sixth number-one single in the US, making her the first act in history to debut atop both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts in the same week. Other songs in Folklore like “The 1” entered at number four, with the Bon Iver collaboration “Exile” at number six.

The three tracks also debuted inside the top-10 in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the UK. By the end of its third week, Folklore earned over one million units in the US—the fastest album of 2020 to do so.

Folklore was written and recorded fully during the coronavirus pandemic.

Swift dropped the surprise album featuring 16 songs on July 24, with songs ranging from indie-folk, alternative rock, electro-folk, and chamber pop sounds.

Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, of Fun and The National fame, respectively, served as producers on the album.