Taylor Swift’s 'The Tortured Poets Department' celebrates 5 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200

While Swift is on tour in Europe, her latest album release continues to break records.

Pop Culture & Art May 27, 2024
Photo: Taylor Swift Instagram

Taylor Swift’s 'The Tortured Poets Department' secures its fifth consecutive and total week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

'The Tortured Poets Department' is the first album to spend its initial five weeks at No. 1 since Morgan Wallen’s 'One Thing at a Time,' which topped the charts for its first 12 weeks from March 18 to June 3, 2023.

With 378,000 equivalent album units earned in its fifth week, 'The Tortured Poets Department' achieves the largest fifth-week total for any album since Adele’s '25' recorded 1.193 million units in its fifth week in January 2016.

Swift achieves her 74th career week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, further extending her record among solo artists. Elvis Presley holds the second-most weeks at No. 1 among soloists, with 67.

In the latest Billboard 200 top 10, Billie Eilish’s new studio album 'Hit Me Hard and Soft' debuts at No. 2 with 339,000 equivalent album units, marking her largest week ever by units earned. This total includes 191,000 traditional album sales, her best sales week to date.

Significantly, with both the No. 1 and No. 2 albums surpassing 300,000 units, this marks the first time in eight years that two albums have exceeded 300,000 in the same week.

In the week ending May 23, 'The Tortured Poets Department' sold 77,000 digital albums (across all available versions, both new and old), representing a 1,184% increase from the previous week's 6,000 sales.


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