Taylor Swift just broke a Billboard Hot 100 record no artist wants to
Now, it looks like Swift has broken another record on the Billboard charts. However, there's a reason why she probably won't be celebrating this latest feat.
Back in July, Taylor Swift released her surprise eighth studio album folklore. The LP was officially classified as alternative, making it her third genre classification in her career. After the release of folklore this summer, the album quickly topped the charts and is now the highest-selling album of 2020. According to the Wall Street Journal, the LP has sold over 1.95 million copies in the United States so far this year.
folklore also went on to debut at No.1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Albums chart. Then, shortly following the release of her second surprise album evermore, Swift continued to make chart history. evermore officially debuted at No.1 on the Alternative Albums chart and the Billboard 200. According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, evermore sold 329,000 equivalent album units in the Dec. 11 – 17 week. Of that sum, 155,000 units were pure album sales.
Along with this, evermore's lead single "willow" debuted at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song is her seventh track to debut at No.1 on this chart and the second to do so in this year alone. However, it looks like "willow" has officially broken a Hot 100 record in an unexpected way.evermore
Despite this, Swift managed to hold the No.1 spot on the Billboard 200 again this week. evermore is spending its second consecutive week at the top of the chart. According to Billboard, the album earned 169,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 24.
Taylor Swift isn't the only artist to break a record on the Billboard Hot 100 this month. On Dec. 11, Kid Cudi released his highly-anticipated new album Man On The Moon III: The Chosen. “Beautiful Trip,” the album’s opening track, is now officially the shortest song to ever chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
As an intro to the album, the song runs only 37 seconds long. Despite this, “Beautiful Trip” entered the Hot 100 at the 100th spot. This record was previously held by Japanese comedian PIKOTARO‘s 44-second long song “PPAP (Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen).” That song went on to debut at No. 77 on the Hot 100 in October 2016.
Taylor Swift's "willow" is available to stream below.
What are your reactions to Taylor Swift's fall on the Billboard Hot 100? Is "willow" your favorite song off of evermore? Let us know in the comments below.