Taylor Swift's latest album had a "historic" debut, Billboard says

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If you can't get capable of Taylor Swift's latest album, "The Tortured Poets Department," you're not alone. Billboard said connected Sunday that nan long-awaited medium made a "historic" debut that puts her successful a necktie pinch Jay-Z for nan astir No. 1s among soloists, arsenic nan medium saw nan "largest streaming week for an medium ever." 

"The Tortured Poets Department" was released connected April 19, featuring much than 2 twelve tracks believed to revolve astir respective of Swift's relationships, including The 1975 vocalist Matty Healy, character Joe Alwyn and existent beau, Kansas City Chiefs tight extremity Travis Kelce. 

Billboard said nan album, which Swift announced during her Grammys acceptance speech successful February, made a "gigantic debut," hitting No. 1 connected nan Billboard 200 albums chart, which ranks a week's astir celebrated albums in nan U.S. That milestone marks nan 34-year-old popular star's 14th chart-topping album, Billboard said, tying her pinch hip-hop mogul Jay-Z for having nan astir No. 1 albums among soloists. 

Every azygous 1 of Swift's full-length workplace albums and projects since nan merchandise of "Fearless" successful 2008 person debuted astatine No. 1. She and Jay-Z are only surpassed by The Beatles for astir No. 1s, who person 19. Of nan 10 artists who person had astatine slightest 10 No. 1s connected nan Billboard 200, Swift is only 1 of 2 women, nan different being Barbra Streisand, who has had 11 No. 1s, tied pinch Bruce Springsteen and Ye, nan rapper formerly known arsenic Kanye West. 

The medium besides deed different milestone – "the largest streaming week for an medium ever," Billboard said, pinch 891.34 cardinal official streams of nan album's 31 songs. 

"The Tortured Poets Department" saw 2.61 cardinal balanced medium units earned by nan extremity of past week. Digital downloads, CDs, vinyl LPS and cassettes made up 1.914 cardinal of that total. The vinyl income unsocial were monumental, pinch 859,000 medium units earned, marking "the largest income week for medium connected vinyl successful nan modern era," Billboard said. 

Swift's latest grounds has surpassed Beyoncé's "Cowboy Carter" for nan top-selling medium of 2024 – by far. While "Cowboy Carter" has sold 228,000 copies, "The Tortured Poets Department" has deed much than 1.9 cardinal sales. 

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