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Taylor Swift Scores Eighth Number One Album in UK

Taylor Swift has earned her eighth No. 1 album on the UK Official Albums Chart with the release of Red (Taylor’s Version).

The "All Too Well" singer has been re-recording her old albums after her original masters were sold by her former record label, and her latest re-release has soared to the top of the albums chart in its first week.

Red (Taylor’s Version) topped the list on Friday (Nov. 19) with 72,000 sales – placing it above "Voyage" by ABBA which was last week’s No. 1, and close pal Ed Sheeran’s new release "Equals", which was No. 1 the week before.

The sales for Swift’s record also mean it surpasses Olivia Rodrigo’s 'Sour' to claim the biggest week for a female artist so far this year. The figures are 10,000 units higher than the first week sales of Red’s original release, which shifted 62,000 units when it hit shelves in November 2012.

Red (Taylor’s Version) notched up almost 57,000 physical and digital sales and is now the fastest-selling female solo artist album of 2021 so far.

The latest chart achievement marks the fifth No. 1 album in less than three years for the 31-year-old musician and comes after she set a record earlier this year when Fearless (Taylor’s Version) became her third chart-topping record in less than 12 months.

Swift now matches Kylie Minogue for solo artists with eight Official UK No. 1 albums, and the only female artist to have more is Madonna with 12.

The "Cardigan" hitmaker is also the first and only female artist to have eight UK No. 1 albums this century.
Elsewhere in the albums chart, new entries take over the fourth and fifth spots this week, with Little Mix’s Between Us and The Tears of Hercules by Sir Rod Stewart filling those places respectively.

In addition to dropping Red (Taylor's Version) recently (Nov. 12), Swift also released her All Too Well short film, starring Dylan O'Brien and Sadie Sink. The film was written and directed by Swift. She also performed the 10-minute version of "All Too Well" on Saturday Night Live (SNL). Red (Taylor’s Version) was streamed over 90 million times in its first 24 hours, breaking the previous record she'd achieved with folklore.

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