Tay Tay’s latest feat overtakes Drake’s previously held record of having nine tracks in the Top 10, following his release of Certified Lover Boy last year. In a nice moment of serendipity, Midnights is Swift’s 10th record, and altered in style from her previous folky sister albums folklore and evermore.
Just last week, within only a matter of days since its release, Midnights overcame Harry Style’s Harry’s House to become the fastest-selling record of 2022. In total, it’s sold some 1.58 million album units in its first week in the U.S. This
And the achievements don’t stop there – not by a long way. In fact, there are reportedly more than 73 records that it’s broken.
She is now level with Barbra Streisand for most No. 1 albums made by a woman; her latest album surpassed one billion global album streams in under one week, which is a new career high; and made Swift the most streamed female artist in Spotify history, surpassing 35 billion streams across all credits. The list, as I’m sure you can gather, goes on.
Among the Top 10, ‘Anti-Hero’ has proved the most popular, followed by album opener ‘Lavender Haze’ in second and ‘Maroon’ in third. The full Top 10 is as follows:
- ‘Lavender Haze’
- ‘Snow On The Beach’
- ‘Midnight Rain’
- ‘You’re On Your Own, Kid’
- ‘Vigilante Shit’
Whilst news that Taylor Swift has broken a record is hardly new to anyone, the manner in which she’s done it has been quite remarkable – not least when it was released on the same day, and thereby was in competition with, Arctic Monkeys’ eagerly-anticipated The Car.
Not every inch of the release for Swift has been entirely plain sailing, however. Last week, the video for Midnights’ lead single, ‘Anti-Hero’, was edited after accusations of it being “fatphobic”, with the word “fat” removed from a weighing scale in one of the shots.
But overall, the Swift move to edit the word from the video has for the most part quietly resolved the issue – and follows similar such lyric post-release edits made by Beyonce and Lizzo earlier this year.
And, as it stands, the Top 10 belongs entirely to Taylor Swift. Read our full review of Midnights here.