It’s getting to be a bit like Groundhog Day… another Wednesday, another week at Number 1 for the musical machine that is Taylor Swift. 1989 has notched up an eleventh non-consecutive week at the top of the US Billboard 200, according to figures released by Nielsen SoundScan.
It means that the album, released 15 weeks ago way back November, is now equal with Swift’s second record Fearless for her longest reign at the top. In all that time, it has been no lower than Number 2, interrupted by one week stints for One Direction, J.Cole, Meghan Trainor and Fall Out Boy.
Taylor Swift scored an 11th non-consecutive week at Number 1
Furthermore, 1989 is still shifting six figures per week, once the track and streaming equivalent sales are taken into account. It sold 108,000 copies in the week ending February 8th, which is up 7% on the previous week, a hugely impressive statistic.
The highest new entry is at Number 2, the 53rd edition of the successful chart compilation Now That’s What I Call Music. Slipping a place to third, despite being up 32% in sales terms after his storming performances at the Grammys, is Ed Sheeran’s X. Fellow Brit Sam Smith enjoyed a similar boost, holding steady at Number 4 with In The Lonely Hour despite a 44% increase in sales.
All-female vocal group Fifth Harmony’s debut Reflection enters at Number 5, while Meghan Trainor’s Title slips three places to Number 6. Veteran singer-songwriter Bob Dylan enters at Number 7 with his Sinatra covers album Shadows In The Night.
Numbers 8 and 9 are both non-movers – Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint and Maroon 5’s V respectively – while the Top 10 is completed by a first week for another covers album. Diana Krall’s Wallflower, consisting of takes on classic by the Eagles, Elton John and 10cc, props up the rest of the ten.
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