Pop sensation Taylor Swift has once again claimed the number one spot on the Billboard 200 chart with her latest release, “1989 (Taylor’s Version).” This achievement is truly noteworthy, marking her 67th week at the helm of the charts. Interestingly, this ties her with the legendary Elvis Presley, making them both solo artists with the most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Swift is now on the brink of surpassing Presley’s longstanding record. If her album continues its chart-topping streak for just one more week, she’ll secure a record-breaking position. However, it’s worth noting that while Swift is making impressive strides among solo artists, she still faces a considerable journey to surpass the all-time record held by none other than The Beatles. The Beatles maintain an awe-inspiring 132 weeks at the pinnacle of the Billboard 200 chart, solidifying their place in music history.
How The Billboard 200 Chart Works
The Billboard 200 chart evaluates the most popular albums in the U.S. for the week, employing a comprehensive multi-metric consumption approach measured in equivalent album units. This methodology, compiled by Luminate, takes into account album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). In this system, each unit is a measure of either a single album sale or the sale of 10 individual tracks from an album.
Undoubtedly, 2023 Has Been Taylor Swift’s Year
In a momentous recognition, TIME Magazine honored Taylor Swift as the “Person of the Year” in December. Swift emerged as the chosen one from a pool of nine finalists, a distinguished list that included names such as Barbie, King Charles III, and OpenAI chief executive Sam Altman.
Swift’s “Eras Tour” captivated audiences both in the U.S. and around the globe, with tickets vanishing within minutes of their online release, causing such a frenzy that the U.S. Senate convened a hearing in January to address the challenges in the ticket industry, particularly focusing on Ticketmaster, due to the significant hurdles fans faced in securing tickets.
As if that weren’t enough, Swift added another feather to her cap by unveiling a movie. The concert film documenting “The Eras Tour” hit theaters in October, making headlines for its record-breaking first-day ticket sales and an impressive box office gross of over $200 million.