Taylor Swift’s ‘The Tortured Poets Department’ Debuts at No. 1 With Record-Breaking Streaming and Vinyl Numbers

    The Tortured Poets Department has debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, earning Taylor Swift her 14th No. 1 album. As Billboard reports, the album – which was expanded with 15 additional tracks just hours after its release – scored 2.61 million equivalent album units in the US in the week ending April 25, with traditional album sales accounting for 1.914 million. Swift is now tied with Jay-Z for the most chart-topping albums among solo artists.

    “My mind is blown,” Swift wrote on social media. “I’m completely floored by the love you’ve shown this album. 2.6 million ARE YOU ACTUALLY SERIOUS?? Thank you for listening, streaming, and welcoming Tortured Poets into your life. Feeling completely overwhelmed.
    I was already so fired up to get back to the tour but you doing THIS?? May 9th can’t come soon enough.”

    With 891.37 million on-demand streams registered for The Tortured Poets Department, Swift has set a record for the highest streaming numbers ever in a single week. It’s also the second-largest week for an album by units earned (a measuring unit adopted by Billboard in December 2014), the third-largest sales week in the modern era (since 1991), and the biggest sales week for vinyl in the modern era with 859,000 copies sold.

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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