Taylor Swift’s ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ Reclaims No. 1, Tying Elvis Presley’s Solo-Artist Record for Most Weeks Atop Billboard 200

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Taylor Swift’s “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” has surged back to the pinnacle of the Billboard 200 chart, reclaiming the top position, while Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday 2” slides to No. 2 in its second week. Swift’s album has now logged its fourth non-consecutive week at No. 1, benefitting from a surge in sales of vinyl editions, particularly during the holiday gifting season.

Swift’s current dominance places her on the brink of setting a significant record. This latest achievement marks her 67th week with an album at the top of the Billboard 200, matching the record held by Elvis Presley for the most weeks spent by a solo artist at No. 1. Should “1989 (Taylor’s Version)” secure another week at the summit, which appears highly likely, Swift will surpass Presley and claim this record exclusively.

However, while Swift’s feat is impressive, she has yet to surpass the Beatles, who hold the overall record for most weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a staggering 132 weeks. This substantial lead means it will take Swift some time, possibly several years and multiple future releases, to surpass the Beatles’ unparalleled achievement. Nonetheless, given her prolific output and age, it’s not unreasonable to consider her a potential contender in the long run.

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Apart from the Beatles, both Swift and Presley’s 67 weeks at No. 1 tower over the competition. Garth Brooks follows in fourth place with 52 weeks, trailed by Michael Jackson in fifth with 51 weeks.

Swift’s chart-topping album moved 136,000 units in the past week, combining album sales and streaming data, reflecting a 25% increase from the previous week. Meanwhile, Minaj’s “Pink Friday 2” retained a strong performance, amassing 100,000 units in its second week, following an initial debut of 220,000 units.

Remarkably, Swift boasts three albums in the current top 10, with “1989” leading at No. 1, followed by “Midnights” at No. 3 (75,000 units) and “Lover” at No. 7 (60,000 units).

The remainder of the top 10 includes Michael Buble’s “Christmas” at No. 4 (70,000 units), Morgan Wallen at No. 5, Drake at No. 6, and Nat King Cole, SZA, and Mariah Carey securing the Nos. 8-10 positions.

While specific figures for Swift’s vinyl or overall album sales weren’t immediately provided by Billboard, her dominance in physical sales is undeniable. Hits Daily Double estimated album sales for Swift’s various releases during this chart week, with “1989” selling approximately 85,000 copies, mainly in vinyl format, “Midnights” moving 38,000 units, and “Lover” selling 27,000 copies.

“1989 (Taylor’s Version)” debuted with extraordinary success, marking Swift’s highest first-week sales ever. Its release on October 27 garnered a total of 1.653 million units, with an astonishing 1.359 million in pure album sales, a surprising achievement in an era where streaming largely dominates new album debuts.