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Taylor Swift Tops Elvis: Most Weeks at #1 Solo

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Los Angeles : Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift has broken Elvis Presley‘s long standing record for the most weeks spent atop the Billboard 200 album chart by a solo artiste.

She set a new mark of 68 total weeks, as ‘1989 (Taylor’s Version)’ landed on top of the chart for a fifth time in the final full tracking week of 2023, reports Variety.

While Swift broke all previous records for an individual artist, the Beatles’ albums still hold the record for the highest peak among all artists, having topped the Billboard 200 for 132 weeks. With 67 weeks under his belt, Presley is currently ranked third overall and second among solo recording artists.

“1989 (Taylor’s Version)” sold 98,000 album-equivalent units for the week ending December 28, according to Variety. This was approximately halfway through the peak holiday buying season, and it represented a 28% decrease from the week prior, per Luminate and as reported by Billboard. 61,000 of the 98,000 units sold during the week were full albums, helped along by a late-season spike in demand for Christmas presents.

Filling out the top 10 of the album chart beyond Swift’s leader were Michael Buble’s 2011 Christmas album rising two places to Number 2, Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday’ slipping a spot to Number 3, Nat King Cole’s seasonal album at Number 4 (its historical peak to date), Morgan Wallen’s 2023 blockbuster ‘One Thing at a Time’ holding on at Number 5, Drake also holding steady at Number 6 with ‘For All the Dogs’, ‘A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector’ at Number 7 (another historic peak), Mariah Carey’s Christmas album at Number 8, Swift’s 2022 release ‘Midnights’ at Number 9 and Pentatonix’s ‘Greatest Christmas Hits; at Number 10.

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