Taylor Swift first artist ever to occupy all 10 spots in the 100's top 10
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Taylor Swift became the first female musician in history to win every spot in the top 10 of the US singles chart. She passed Drake, who held the previous record of nine top 10 singles in September 2021. Before him, the Beatles achieved eight top 10 singles in 1964.
Swift's chart dominance can be attributed to her latest album, Midnights, which became the fastest-selling release of 2022.
The 32-year-old takes the top spot with the single Anti-Hero.
The rest of the top 10 includes songs such as Lavender Haze, Maroon, Snow On The Beach, Bejeweled, and Karma.
All 13 tracks on Midnights' standard edition charted in the top 15, broken only by Sam Smith's Unholy at 11 and Steve Lacy's Bad Habits at 12. The seven bonus tracks from the Midnights deluxe "3 am edition" appear between numbers 20 and 45.
Swift surprised fans when she announced the new album in the closing moments of the 2022 MTV VMAs in New Jersey in August. She described the album as a story about "13 sleepless nights scattered throughout my life" and "a journey through horrors and sweet dreams".
On it, the star returns to the pop palette of his albums before the pandemic, after the domestic indie-folk Evermore and Folklore, both released in 2020. But the muted sounds of those songs are still present, and her late-night stories are painted in more muted tones than hits like Shake It Off and Lover.
It owes part of its success to a clever marketing campaign, which saw the album released in multiple collectible formats - including four vinyl editions that together make up a watch. The Midnights debuted at number one on the US album chart, selling 1.4 million copies - with more than a million on CD and vinyl, an almost unheard-of number in the streaming era.
The album similarly topped the UK charts with sales of 204,000, making it the first album to break the 200,000 sales barrier since Adele's 30 just under a year ago. Surprisingly, the figure represents the biggest first-week sales of Swift's UK chart career.
Her previous best result was for the album 1989, which sold 90,300 copies in 2014. However, she can't repeat her dominance of the US singles countdown - due to UK chart rules that only allow three songs by an artist to appear in the Top 100 at a time.
Without that cap, Swift would have had eight of the top 10 singles this week. Instead, he has to settle for being number one (Anti-Hero), three (Lavender Mist), and four (Snow on the Beach). Last week's number one, Sam Smith's Unholy, remains at number two, denying Swift a clean sweep at the top of the charts.
Billboard magazine said the latest album helped her break several records. She now boasts the most Top 10 hits among women in the chart's history, with her total of 40 surpassing Madonna's 38. Among all musicians, she trails only Drake, who has 59 Top 10s.
Midnights is also the first album in history to spawn 10 top 10 singles. Swift also broke records for the most streams of an album in a single day on Spotify, Apple, and Amazon Music.