Taylor Swift Breaks Elvis Presley’s Record for Most Weeks Atop Billboard 200

Taylor Swift at the Teen Choice Awards 2019.
Taylor Swift at the Teen Choice Awards 2019. Photo by Michael Buckner/Variety/Shutterstock (10359323cg)

Taylor Swift broke many records throughout her career, and her latest saw her surpassing none other than Elvis Presley. The Grammy-winning hitmaker scored her 68th week at No. 1, setting a new record for most weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart among solo artists.

Swift reached this milestone after her latest re-recording 1989 (Taylor’s Version) returned to No. 1 for its fifth non-consecutive week with 98,000 equivalent album units earned. Album sales amounted to 61,000 units, along with 36,000 SEA units (48.5 million official streams of the set’s songs), and 1,000 TEA units.

This marks the 68th week one of Swift’s 13 chart-topping albums spent at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, helping her make history along the way. Swift now has the most weeks at No. 1 among soloists, but it will take some time for her to catch up with all-time record holders The Beatles, who spent a total of 132 weeks atop the Billboard 200 chart.

The rest of the top ten for this week was largely dominated by the holiday albums. Michael Bublé’s former chart-topper Christmas hit No. 2 this week, followed by Nat King Cole’s The Christmas Song at No. 4, A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector at No. 7, Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas at No. 8, and Pentatonix’s The Greatest Christmas Hits at No. 10.