Taylor Swift Breaks A New Record; Surpasses Whitney Houston

Taylor Swift has witnessed a whirlwind of success surrounding her July release, “Folklore”. The album arrived right out of the blue but that hasn’t stopped it from flying off the shelves. “Folklore” has managed to rake in some mind-boggling figures, whilst also dominating charts world over. And now, Taylor’s adding yet another feather to her cap. 

“Folklore” has returned to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart, collecting a seventh nonconsecutive week at the summit. By achieving this feat, Swift has surpassed the prolific Whitney Houston’s longstanding record, among women, for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1, across all of her chart-topping albums. Swift has scored a whopping 47 weeks at No. 1 while Houston made it to 46. 

Houston has nabbed four No. 1 albums. Her self-titled debut spent a good 14 weeks at No. 1 in 1986. Following this, “Whitney” enjoyed 11 weeks at No. 1 in 1987.  “The Bodyguard” soundtrack basked under the spotlight for 20 weeks between 1992-93 and “I Look to You” just notched one week at that sweet, coveted spot in 2009. 

A little behind Swift and Houston is Adele with the third-most weeks at No. 1 among women. So far, she’s enjoyed her time on that special spot for a good  34 weeks. And if you were curious, the band that’s notched the most number of weeks at No. 1 are The Beatles. No surprises there, and yet their time spent under the spotlight still remains mind-boggling and enviable. The band has 132 weeks under their belt, this spans across their record 19 chart-topping albums.

Further, “Folklore” continues to have the most weeks at No. 1 for any album since Drake’s “Views” dominated the charts for 13 nonconsecutive weeks in 2016. “Folklore” also notches the most weeks at No. 1 among all non-R&B/hip-hop titles, and albums by women, since Adele’s “25” landed 10 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. 

And so, as “Folklore” continues to reign supreme, there’s no saying what new feat Taylor will achieve in the near future. 

By: Nina Karun