The Grammy Award winner also becomes the only artist in history with seven albums to sell at least 500,000 copies in a single week.

Photo: Instagram/Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is making Billboard history again with her new album "Folklore" and single "Cardigan."

The 30-year-old singer's latest album "Folklore" and single "Cardigan" hit number one recently, making her the only artist to ever debut at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200 album charts simultaneously.

"Cardigan" is Swift's second song to debut at the top, following "Shake It Off" in 2014. It becomes her 6th Hot 100 chart-topper ever. In its first week, the lead single sold 71,000 copies and was streamed 34 million times.


Meanwhile, "Folklore" earned 846,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 30, securing Swift's seventh number one album in the United States, according to Billboard.

"Folklore" is the largest debut week for an album since Swift's own release in 2019, where "Lover" debuted with 867,000 units. Her two acclaimed albums are just beaten by another of her own — "Reputation" (2017), which sold 1.24 million units.

The Grammy Award winner also becomes the only artist in history with seven albums to sell at least 500,000 copies in a single week.
Read also: Taylor Swift Releases New Album Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Swift, 30, surprised her fans with the release of "Folklore" on July 24. The singer shared on Instagram: "In isolation my imagination has run wild and this album is the result, a collection of songs and stories that flowed like a stream of consciousness. Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory."

"I've told these stories to the best of my ability with all the love, wonder, and whimsy they deserve," she added. "Now it's up to you to pass them down. folklore is out now."
Read also: Taylor Swift Drops the Music Video for "Cardigan"
Along with the album launch, "Cardigan" was released as the first single. Swift also directed the official music video of the song. 




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