Taylor Swift's Folklore debuts with three songs in the United Kingdom chart

Carla Harmon
August 3, 2020

"Folklore" has given Swift her seventh number one album on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Taylor Swift's fantasy-streaked eighth studio album - recorded in secrecy in quarantine and released on July 24 with only a few hours' notice - moved the sales-and-streams equivalent of 846,000 copies in the United States in its first week of availability, according to Nielsen Music. She earned two nods for the album's title monitor, "Lover", and three for her single "The Man".

And although fans had no time to prepare for the album, they rushed to streaming services to get their hands on the new material, scoring the 30-year-old singer her fifth number one album in the UK.


Speaking to Music Week, Clive Cawley - managing director of Taylor's label EMI - said of the album: "It feels beyond superb, everyone hit the battlements in record-breaking time across all areas, and I feel we delivered across every department".

Of "Folklore's" first-week copies, 615,000 registered as full-album sales in either a digital or physical format, which makes the album 2020's biggest seller after just a week.

Along with spotlighting its success in markets like the US, UK, Australia and Ireland, Republic adds that "folklore" delivered the biggest opening week in China since her own "Lover" launched a year ago.


Taylor Swift's Folklore debuts with three songs on the United Kingdom chart. She was beat out there by Juice WRLD's "Legends Never Die", which had 422.63 million streams in its first week, and Lil Uzi Vert's "Eternal Atake", which had 400.42 million and 348.72 million in its first and second weeks.

After a week, folklore is already the best-selling album of 2020 with those 615,000 copies, surpassing BTS" "Map Of The Soul: 7', which was released in February and has sold 574,000 copies so far.

Taylor Swift has made history yet again.


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