After a two-year hiatus, pop singer and hitmaker Taylor Swift released her latest album, “Midnights,” on October 21. Almost immediately, it sold 1.578 million units, joining her other nine studio albums which went platinum – and behind Adele’s ’25’ for the biggest debut by a female singer in the history of the Billboard. (Swift may also claim any of the the most dominant reigns in Billboard history.)
“Midnights” brought Swift a host of other accolades. She became the first artist to have five albums with more than one million units sold in their first week, based on Nielsen data.
“Midnights” also sold 575,000 copies on vinyl for the week, the most since modern weekly vinyl sales tracking began in 1991. In reaching No. 1, “Midnights” tied Swift with Barbra Streisand for most chart-topping albums by a female performer – 11. (Swift reissued her versions of previous albums “Fearless” and “Red”, both of which went to No. 1.)
To determine Taylor Swift’s top 10 studio albums, 24/7 Tempo looked at performance data on the Billboard 200 album charts. Albums were ranked based on an inverse score in which a week at #1 is worth 200 points, a week at #2 is worth 199 points, and so on, up to a week at #200 is worth one point. Billboard data is current through the week of November 19, 2022. While the recently released “Midnights” currently ranks at No. 10, it will likely climb over the next year as the album spends over time on the Billboard 200. (The singer-songwriter was also a dominant presence on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles charts. Taylor Swift’s Greatest Hits.)
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Nine of Swift’s albums have been on the Billboard 200 album chart for more than 100 weeks. The current leader, “1989”, has spent 414 weeks on this chart. This LP and the “Fearless” album each held the No. 1 position for 11 weeks.
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