Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Hot 100 With 'Midnights'

Taylor Swift Tops Billboard Hot 100 With ‘Midnights’

As Midnights debuts with the biggest week for any album in over seven years, Taylor Swift earned her 11th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart (dated November 5). According to Luminate, the set debuted with 1.578 million equivalent album units sold in the U.S. on October 27. The previous album to have a more significant week was Adele’s 25, which debuted with 3.482 million sales (December 12, 2015-dated chart).

Following Swift’s announcement of Midnights at the MTV Video Music Awards two months prior, the album was released on October 21. (August 28). There was no new music from the album until it was released on October 21, along with the music video for “Anti-Hero,” the first single from Midnights. Swift’s 10th full-length studio album, Midnights, debuted as a 13-track standard release at first. Swift published a special edition of the album (the “3 am Edition”) with seven bonus tracks three hours after Midnights arrived.

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Swift now shares the record for the most female No. 1 albums with Barbra Streisand. Swift is also the sixth artist since the Billboard 200 chart started consistently publishing every week in 1956 to have more than 10 No. 1 albums. She follows in the footsteps of The Beatles (19 No. 1 singles), Jay-Z (14), Drake, Bruce Springsteen, and Barbra Streisand (each with 11).

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Midnights is already the year’s best-selling album by total sales this year. It also had the biggest sales week for an album since the release of her reputation in 2017, the third-largest streaming week in album history, and the biggest sales week for a vinyl album in the modern era (since Luminate began tracking music sales in 1991).

The debut albums from Jeezy and DJ Drama, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, and Arctic Monkeys are among the top 10 albums on the new Billboard 200. The Billboard 200 chart lists the top albums of the week in the United States based on Luminate’s compilation of multi-metric consumption measured in equivalent album units.

Track equivalent albums (TEA), album sales, and streaming equivalent albums are all included in units (SEA). Each team represents one album sale, ten single track sales from an album, and 3,750 free or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand streaming of official audio and video content produced by songs from an album.

On Tuesday, the new chart with November 5, 2022, date will be published on Billboard’s website (November 1). Follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on Twitter and Instagram to stay updated with all chart developments.

Album sales make up 1.140 million of the 1.578 equivalent album units achieved by Midnights. In contrast, SEA units make up 419,000 (549.26 million on-demand official streaming of the set’s 20 total tracks), and TEA units make up 19,000.

Third-Biggest Streaming Week Ever: According to all on-demand official streams, Midnights has the third-largest streaming week ever for an album. It also records the highest streaming week for female-authored and non-R&B/hip-hop albums.

The opening frames of Drake’s Scorpion (745.92 million) and Certified Lover Boy (743.67 million) were the No. 1 and No. 2 highest streaming weeks. Before Red (Taylor’s Version), with 303.23 million streams in 2021, Red (Taylor’s Version) had Swift’s highest streaming week for an album.

The best-selling album of 2022 is Midnights, which has already sold 1.140 million copies. Harry Styles’ Harry’s House previously held the best-selling album of 2022, with 633,000 copies sold as of October 27. (With 2.911 million units sold, Bad Bunny’s Un Verano Sin Ti is the year’s biggest album in terms of total equivalent album units.)

The first week’s sales of 1.140 million for Midnights were broken down into 980,000 physical sales (575,000 on vinyl, 395,000 on CD, and 10,000 on cassette) and 161,000 digital album downloads.

Since Swift’s reputation, the biggest sales week has been: Swift’s album Midnights had the highest sales week since her reputation launched, with 1.216 million copies sold, with 1.140 million units sold (chart dated December 2, 2017).

Swift’s Five Albums Have Sales Weeks of a Million or More: Since Luminate started keeping track of music sales in 1991, Midnights is the 22nd album to sell at least one million copies in a single week. There have been 24 occasions—by 22 different albums—where an album sold at least 1 million copies in a single week.

One of them, Adele’s 25, sold more than a million copies over three different weeks. Only Swift has five albums that sold at least 1 million copies weekly in the Luminate charts.

Swift continues to be the only artist with at least three albums that sell a million copies each week, and she now has five. Backstreet Boys, Eminem, and *NSYNC are three acts with a pair of albums that each achieved a million-plus sales per week.

Midnights easily surpasses the previous record for vinyl album sales in a single week in the contemporary era in the United States, with 575,000 vinyl LPs sold. Since Luminate started keeping track of music sales in 1991, that is the biggest week for an album on vinyl. It surpasses the previous record, established earlier this year when Harry’s House made its vinyl premiere with 182,000 copies (May 26, 2021).

Currently, Midnights is the best-selling vinyl album of 2022. Before this, Harry’s House, which sold 377,000 copies throughout the year, was the year’s best-selling vinyl record. The sales week for an album on CD for Midnights, which saw 395,000 copies, was the highest since reputation debuted, with 507,000 copies sold.

After months of pre-release advertising and pre-orders, Midnights finally arrived; the album’s sales figures are boosted by the variety of available formats and variants. It is offered for purchase as a standard digital album in both clean and explicit versions, a deluxe digital album in both pure and detailed versions with seven different songs each, an iTunes-exclusive version with a bonus spoken word track in both clean and explicit

versions, four standard CD editions with distinct covers in both pure and detailed arrangements, four vinyl LP editions with distinctive covers and coloured vinyl, and a cassette tape. A special “Lavender” edition of the album on CD and colored-vinyl LP is also available at Target; the CD includes three bonus tracks.

Swift’s website offered pre-orders for signed copies of the four standard CD albums and the four standard vinyl LPs in the weeks preceding release. Exclusive to holders of Capital One credit cards, Midnights is also available in a deluxe boxed set that includes a CD version of the album and a T-shirt with a Swift logo.

The back covers of the four albums slot together like a puzzle to show a clock face (a direct reference to Midnights! ), which may have persuaded some superfans to buy all four variations of the album on CD or vinyl. In September, Swift announced the news on social media: “If you put all the back covers together, she’s a clock.

Assembling multiple versions of an album’s back cover (or cover) to reveal a larger complete image is not exclusive to Swift; other acts (often in the K-pop world) have employed a similar marketing strategy. Swift’s official website sells hardware to hold the four CDs or vinyl LPs together as a wall clock.

Numerous musicians frequently sell different versions of an album, ranging from multicolour vinyl editions to collector CD bundles. Swift has similarly released albums in the past; in 2015, she released four different Lover variations only at Target. Acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ozzy Osbourne, BLACKPINK, and Madonna have all embraced the idea of releasing many physical albums in 2022, with the only typical differences being in the packaging or the colour of a vinyl LP.

After debuting at the top of the Billboard 200 chart a week earlier, Lil Baby’s It’s Only Me dropped to No. 2 (110,000 equivalent album units; a 49% decrease). Un Verano Sin Ti by Bad Bunny has been at the top of the charts since its release, slides 2-3 with 67,000 units (down 7%), falling out of the top two for the first time.

After Billboard consolidated its separate stereo and mono album charts into a single album chart in August 1963, the album spent its first 18 weeks in the top two, making it the first set to do so since that time. (Read more about the history of the Billboard 200, which debuted in March 1956 as a consistent, weekly publication.)

The Highlights by The Weeknd remains at No. 5 with 39,000 equivalent album sales (down less than 1%), while Morgan Wallen’s former No. 1 Dangerous: The Double Album is stable at No. 4 with 43,000 equivalent album units (down 4%).

The Car debuts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, giving Arctic Monkeys their fourth album to reach the top 10. It made 37,500 equivalent album unit sales, 9,000 SEA units (equivalent to 11.76 million on-demand official streams of the set’s tracks), and a minuscule amount of TEA units. Of this total, album sales account for 28,500 equivalent album units.

Ma’ I Got a Family by YoungBoy Never Broke Again debuts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 37,000 equivalent album units sold. Thirty-six thousand five hundred are SEA units, equating to 52.54 million official on-demand streams of the set’s songs. The rapper’s latest album is his 12th top-10 effort and fifth top-10 of 2022, making it the most of any performer. He debuted on the Billboard 200 in 2017 and achieved his first top 10 with Until Death Call My Name in 2018. His most recent debut is the artist’s 25th charting release overall.

Harry’s House by Styles, which achieved 32,000 equivalent album units and peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200, failed to gain any ground. Snowfall by Jeezy and DJ Drama debuts at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, giving the former artist his 11th top 10 positions and giving the latter artist his first. With 31,000 equivalent album units sold, it debuts. Album sales make up 2,500, SEA units total 28,000 (or 38.45 million on-demand official streaming of the set’s tracks), and TEA units total 500.

Beyonce’s former No. 1 Renaissance, which drops from No. 6 to No. 10 with 30,000 equivalent album units sold (down 10%), completes the new top 10. All data submissions used to create the weekly chart rankings are thoroughly examined by Luminate, the independent data provider of the Billboard charts.

Data is reviewed and verified by Luminate. Before final chart computations are generated and released, data that is judged questionable or unverifiable is eliminated in collaboration with Billboard using predetermined criteria.