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Taylor Swift Secures Eighth Number 1 Album with Red (Taylor’s Version)

Red (Taylor’s Version) rules over the Official Albums Chart this week, securing Taylor Swift her eighth consecutive Number 1 album.

With 72,000 chart sales, Red (Taylor’s Version) finishes ahead of two massive recent chart-toppers, ABBA’s Voyage (2) and Ed Sheeran’s Equals (3), overtaking Olivia Rodrigo’s Sour to claim the biggest week for a female artist this year.

Taylor’s opening week figure surpasses the first week sales of the original Red album, which debuted at Number 1 in November 2012 with 62,000 sales. View Taylor’s Official UK Chart history in full here.

Notching up almost 57,000 physical and digital sales, Red (Taylor’s Version) is also the fastest-selling (physical and downloads) female solo artist album of 2021 so far, overtaking Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over The Country Club.

Taylor’s latest chart-topper marks her fifth Number 1 album in less than three years, following Lover (August 2019), Folklore (August 2020), Evermore (December 2020) and Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (April 2021). Earlier this year, Taylor set a UK chart record when Fearless (Taylor’s Version) became her third chart-topping collection in less than 12 months.

Taylor Swift now matches Kylie Minogue for solo artists with eight Official UK Number 1 albums - the only female artist to have more is Madonna with 12. Taylor is also the first and only female artist to have eight UK Number 1 albums this century.

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