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Taylor Swift Sets New Album Chart Record with ‘Speak Now (Taylor's Version)’

July 20, 2023 10:41 am GMT
Last Edited December 19, 2023 10:25 pm GMT

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Following the success of Speak Now (Taylor's Version), Taylor Swift now has more No. 1 albums than any woman in history.

Speak Now (Taylor's Version) soared to the top of the Billboard 200 upon its release on July 7, making it Taylor Swift's 12th chart-topping album. By reaching this milestone, Taylor overtakes Barbra Streisland, who has 11 No. 1 albums to her name.

Many expect Taylor Swift to eventually set a new record as the artist with the most No. 1 albums of all time, regardless of gender. However, the ‘Enchanted’ hitmaker still has a way to go before she takes the crown from The Beatles, who have scored a staggering 19 No. 1 albums.

The only other artist ahead of Taylor Swift at the moment is Jay-Z, with 14 chart-topping studio projects, while Drake currently sits alongside Taylor on 12 No. 1 albums.

Speak Now (Taylor's Version) is the latest record to have been re-recorded, as Taylor continues to work her way through her back catalogue in order to reclaim ownership of her masters. This will give her greater freedom and control when it comes to dealing with publishing rights, advertising requests and more.

The revamped project is already establishing itself as the biggest album of the year in terms of streams, with Speak Now (Taylor's Version) breaking two new Spotify records on the day of its release.

Coupled with Taylor's blockbuster, nation-spanning Eras tour, the excitement surrounding Speak Now (Taylor's Version) helped to propel three more of the Pennsylvania native's albums - Midnights, Lover and Folklore - into the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 earlier in July. This made Taylor the first female artist ever to secure four albums in the Top Ten simultaneously.

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Written by Maxim Mower
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