Taylor Swift Sets Another Major Record as “Folklore” Returns to No. 1

Taylor Swift during her performance at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock (10369398v)

Taylor Swift’s Folklore is the defining album of 2020 and its success on the charts confirms this. The critically acclaimed record returned to the no. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for its seventh week, transforming Swift into the female artist with the most cumulative weeks atop the chart.

This record was previously shared by Swift and Whitney Houston, who both had a total of 46 albums atop the Billboard 200, but that’s no longer the case as Swift broke Houston’s record. The Beatles still hold the all-time record, with 132 weeks at the top spot.

Folklore was released on July 24th, debuting at no. 1 with the biggest sales week for an album in 2020, and there’s a reason why it returned to no. 1 this week. Swift recently performed at the Country Music Awards for the first time in seven years, and her live rendition of “Betty” got everyone talking.

When it comes to the rest of the Billboard 200 chart for this week, Pop Smoke and YoungBoy Never Broke Again were right behind Swift, while Alicia Keys’ new studio album debuted at no. 4.