With two surprise albums, Taylor Swift simply dominated 2020.
In her efforts of becoming independent on July’s Folklore, right before Christmas she announced another record was coming, Evermore. Despite being released on a late date of the year, Evermore‘s impact pushed through the new year.
The album returns this week to the top of the Billboard charts for a third week.
Taylor was briefly dethroned after spending the first two weeks at No.1. Playboi Carti and his sophomore release, Whole Lotta Red got the spot for a meanwhile. Though the Die Lit follow-up wasn’t quite the return to form fans were hoping for even if it was highly anticipated. A little too chaotic and inconsistent to be a classic record for the young rapper.
After Carti’s No. 1, Evermore dropped to No. 2, but has climbed back up to the top for its fourth week on the chart. This marks 51 weeks in her career where Taylor has had the No. 1 album in the country, tying her with Michael Jackson.
Only three artists have more than 51 weeks total — Garth Brooks with 52, Elvis Presley with 56 weeks, and The Beatles with 132 weeks. Please note: Taylor is the only woman in these conversations.
Critics have written about how the pair of albums helped Taylor reinvent herself, but fans seem to like the new Taylor just as much as the old one — if not more.