Taylor Swift Breaks Multiple Records, Including One of Her Own

Following the release of Folklore, Taylor Swift breaks record for most Billboard Hot 100 entries among women, and more.

Danica Creahan

AfterBuzz TV Host & Writer
Posted On: August 4th, 2020 9:35 pm pst

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On August 3, 2020, following the debut of all 16 songs off the standard edition of Folklore on the chart, Taylor Swift broke the record for most Billboard Hot 100 entries among women. 

In the chart’s 62-year history, the previous record for most Billboard Hot 100 entries was Nicki Minaj, with 110. Prior to Folklore’s release, Taylor was sandwiched in good company between Minaj and Aretha Franklin, with Beyonce following close behind. 

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The singer’s record for most Billboard Hot 100 entries now stands at 113. This is a very significant number for Taylor who is born on December 13th and considers it to be her lucky number: 

“I was born on the 13th. I turned 13 on Friday the 13th. My first album went gold in 13 weeks. My first #1 song had a 13-second intro,” she told MTV back in 2009, “Every time I’ve won an award I’ve been seated in either the 13th seat, the 13th row, the 13th section or row M, which is the 13th letter.” 

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With lead single “Cardigan” Taylor also landed on the Hot 100 chart. This is the first time in history that an artist has debuted at No. 1 on both the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in the same week. “Cardigan” is her first Hot 100 No. 1 single since the debut of her 2017 single, “Look What You Made Me Do” off her album, Reputation.

Folklore also broke a record already held by Taylor, who is essentially competing against herself. According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, Folklore’s debut marks the largest week of equivalent sales registered for any album since 2019, when Swift gained record breaking sales for her album, Lover.

In fact, according to Billboard, in the last four years, the three biggest weeks for any album belong to Swift. Dating back to July of 2016, the three largest frames for any album are: Swift’s Reputation (1.24 million units, Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart), Lover (867,000) and Folklore (846,000). 

Swift is certainly on a hot streak, breaking records and making history left and right! 

About The Author:

Danica Creahan is a student of Journalism at Loyola Marymount University and Intern at AfterBuzz TV with a passion for story-telling and rewatching 90’s TV shows.

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