Taylor Swift nabs 7th No.1 album with ‘folklore’

To no one’s surprise, Taylor Swift’s surprise album folklore  is dominating the music charts.

Taylor Swift’s ‘folklore’ sold 846,000 equivalent albums in its debut week.
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Swift’s eighth album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No 1 title on the chart. The album sold 846,000 equivalent albums in the USbased on a combination of sales and streams, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

The last album to sell more units in a single week? Swift’s Lover album, released last August.

The performance of Swift’s latest album makes her the first artiste to have 7 albums sell at least half a million in a week.

The success makes Swift, 30, the first artiste to have seven different albums sell at least 500,000 albums in a single week. Swift dropped “folklore” in a surprise form, announcing the album’s release a day before it came out on July 24.

 Folklore was only released digitally, but will be available as a CD on August 7. The album was sold with a number of merchandise bundles, packaged with cardigans, hoodies, T-shirts, cell phone cases and more. A digital version of folklore came with a purchase of one of the merchandise items, counting as an album sale for Swift.