Taylor Swift has set a new record yet again. This week, the singer overtook music legend Elvis Presley as the solo artist with the most weeks at the top of the US album charts. This was announced by the music magazine Billboard, which publishes the charts.
Her current album "1989 (Taylor's Version)" is number 1 in the US album charts for the fifth consecutive week. This means that the 34-year-old has had an album at the top for a total of 68 weeks, breaking Presley's record of 67 weeks. However, the Beatles remain overall record holders, with their albums having spent 132 weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart.
"Taylor Swift found a way to transcend borders and be a source of light... Swift is the rare person who is both the writer and hero of her own story," Time editor-in-chief Sam Jacobs wrote in a statement when the magazine named the US pop superstar as its Person of the Year in 2023.
"Much of what Swift accomplished in 2023 exists beyond measurement. She mapped her journey and shared the results with the world: She committed to validating the dreams, feelings, and experiences of people, especially women, who felt overlooked and regularly underestimated," added Jacobs.
There’s no denying it: Taylor Swift is currently among the most successful pop stars on the planet, an absolute cultural and economic powerhouse.
Her record-breaking distinctions include more number-one albums on the US Billboard charts than any woman in history; in 2022, her album "Midnights" pushed UK vinyl sales past those for CDs for the first time in 35 years; and she became the most streamed female artist on Spotify in 2023.
Her current "Eras" world tour is on track to become the highest-grossing tour ever, with her concert dates becoming significant economic factors for the host cities, which have on occasion found themselves having to make public-transit system improvements to deal with the numbers of concertgoers. She even managed to put the German city of Gelsenkirchen on the global map by booking her tour there.