Taylor Swift is the first female artist and only the third artist ever to have four albums in the Top 10 of the US album chart at the same time. In addition, she has surpassed the record that was previously held by Barbra Streisand to become the female artist with the most number-one albums in the history of music.
Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), the 33-year-old’s most recent album has debuted at the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 with 716,000 album-equivalent units, which is a figure that combines physical album sales with digital album sales and streaming figure totals. It is the biggest week for any album in 2023 and the best for her since her previous album, Midnights, was released in October of last year. It is also the largest week for any album in 2023.
Midnights comes in at number five, Lover comes in at number seven, and Folklore comes in at number ten, joining Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) in the top ten. Because of this, Taylor Swift is the first woman in the history of the charts to have four albums in the Top 10 at the same time since the charts were first introduced in 1963. She is also the first living performer to achieve this feat since 1966, when American musician Herb Alpert set the same milestone.
The only other musician to have at least four titles in the Top 10 at the same time was Prince, who had five albums hit the Top 10 shortly after his passing in 2016, making him the only other artist to have accomplished this feat.
Swift has now also eclipsed Streisand as the female artist who has the most number-one albums in history. The two ladies were previously tied with 11 number-one albums apiece, but Swift has now passed Streisand.
Now, four of the top five largest debuts over the past five years have been made up of albums by Taylor Swift, with Adele’s album 30 from 2021 coming in at number four, just ahead of Speak Now.