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Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) Bows At #1 On The Billboard 200 Album Chart

By Megan Routledge.

Continuing an unprecedented and historic run at the top of the charts and popular culture, Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) bows at #1 on the Billboard 200, Top Album Sales, Vinyl Albums and Top Streaming Albums charts this week with over 1.6 million units in the U.S. and over 3.5 million globally.

This achievement notably makes her, “The First Artist To Score Six #1 Album Debuts With Over 1 Million Units Sold” in history. Impressively, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) has notched the “Biggest First-Week Sales for a Re-recorded Album Ever” and emerged as the “First Album To Debut With 1 Million Units Sold First-Week Twice” in 2014 and 2023. Plus, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) actually eclipsed the 2014 first-week sales of 1989, making it “The First Taylor’s Version To Net a Bigger Debut than the Original” with over 1.6 million total consumption.

With the incomparable success of 1989 (Taylor’s Version), each Taylor’s Version has eclipsed the sales of its predecessor, becoming bigger with every successive release. It has tallied the “Biggest Sales Week for an Album in 2023” and became the "#1 Best Selling Album in 2023 by traditional sales” in under 1 week, besting the success of Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) as well. With this achievement, she currently has the #1, #2 and #3 top-selling albums of 2023 with 1989 (Taylor’s Version), Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) and Midnights.

She is now “The First Female Artist To Earn 13 #1 Debuts on the Billboard 200,” and she has extended her record as “The Female Artist with the Most Weeks at #1 on the Billboard 200.” She has tied Drake for “Most #1 Albums on the Billboard 200 this Century” with 13.

Taylor soars as the “The #1 Best-Selling Artist of the Year in US Pure Album Sales” and “#1 Best-Selling Artist of the Year in US Equivalent Album Units.” Not to mention, she has lengthened her previous record for “Most Weeks at #1 on the Billboard Artist 100” with 84 weeks and her record for “Most Consecutive Albums to Bow at #1 in Billboard 200” with 13.

On Spotify, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) has shattered records in historic fashion. It mints a new record for “Biggest Album Debut on Spotify in 2023” with 176 million streams and “The Second Biggest Album Debut in Spotify History”—only behind her own Midnights. As such, she has earned the “Top 2 Biggest Global Streaming Album Debuts in History in a Little Over a Year” and achieved the “Top 5 Biggest Global Streaming Album Debuts for a Female Artist in Chart History.” She smashed her own Midnights-era record for “Most Single-Day Streams for an Artist Catalog in Spotify History” with 1989 (Taylor’s Version).

“Style (Taylor’s Version)” clinched #1 on the Global Spotify Chart with 11.6 million streams, scoring the “Biggest Chart Debut for a Taylor’s Version.” On its heels, “Is It Over Now (Taylor’s Version)” replaced “Style (Taylor’s Version)” at #1 on the Global Spotify Chart and became the longest-running #1 from the album. “Slut” also entered the US Spotify Chart at #1 with 5.2 million streams, making for the “Biggest Single-Day Streams for any Song in 2023.” Given this success, she has attained “The Top 10 Biggest Debuts for Solo Songs by Female Artists in Global Spotify History.”

On Apple Music and iTunes, she has extended her record for “Most #1 Hits on US iTunes Among all Artists.” Meanwhile, “Slut!” has vaulted to #1 on both US and Global Apple Music charts. At Amazon Music, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) generated the “Biggest First-Day Global Streams for Any Album in History,” eclipsing a record she set with Midnights.

Internationally, so far it has arrived at #1 in 14 countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. In the UK, she has emerged as the “First and Only Female Artist to Log 11 UK #1 Albums in the 21st Century” with the “Highest Streaming Debut for Any Artist in 2023” and “Biggest Selling First Week of 2023”. In Australia, she not only notched her “Biggest First-Week ARIA Album Ever,” but also the “Largest Vinyl First-Week in ARIA history.”



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