Taylor Swift beats Whitney Houston's record on the Billboard 200 chart

Taylor Swift beats Whitney Houston’s longstanding record for most cumulative weeks at No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a female artist…as she earns 47 weeks

Taylor Swift has just surpassed Whitney Houston’s longstanding record for most cumulative weeks spent at number one on the Billboard 200 chart for a female artist.

Swift’s grand total, across across all of her chart-topping albums, comes to 47 weeks, which is one more week than Houston’s 46 week record, as reported by Billboard on Sunday.

Houston, who passed away at the age of 48 in 2012, has been the reigning record holder since 1987.

Dethroned: Taylor Swift has just surpassed Whitney Houston’s longstanding record for most cumulative weeks spent at number one on the Billboard 200 chart for a female artist; Swift pictured in January

The 30-year-old singer achieved the impressive feat this week after her latest album Folklore climbed back to the chart’s number one spot for ‘a seventh nonconsecutive week.’ 

According to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, Folklore, which was released on July 24, raked in 87,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. this week.

The total is comprised not only of album sales, but also track equivalent albums and streaming equivalent albums.

Folklore’s 97% uptick in sales comes after Swift’s live performance of her new single Betty at the 2020 ACM Awards on September 16 in Nashville.

Reigning: Houston, who passed away at the age of 48 in 2012, has been the reigning record holder since 1987; Whitney pictured in 2008

Swift’s ACM performance, the first in seven-years, was released to streaming platforms and, in terms of tracking sales, had its downloads combined with the original, studio version of Betty.

Whitney Houston grand total of 46 is based on the 14 weeks she spent at number one for her self-titled debut in 1986, the 11 weeks her second album earned her in 1987, The Bodyguard soundtrack’s 20-weeks, and the one week her 2009 album I Look To You spent atop the chart.  

The Beatles are the musician/group with the most number one hits of all time with a grand total of 132 weeks spanning from their ’19 chart-topping album,’ while Elvis Presley holds 67 weeks at number one, making him the male solo artist with the most weeks, according to Billboard.  

Folklore: The 30-year-old singer achieved the impressive feat this week after her latest album Folklore climbed back to the chart’s number one spot for ‘a seventh nonconsecutive week’

Billboard recently announced the nominations for this year’s Billboard Music Awards, which will take place on 14 October with Kelly Clarkson returning as host.

Taylor earned six nominations, including Top Female Artist and the prestigious Top Artist award. 

The nominees are based on the original eligibility period between March 23, 2019, and March 14, 2020.

2020 ACM Awards: Folklore’s 97% uptick in sales comes after Swift’s live performance of her new single Betty at the 2020 ACM Awards on September 16 in Nashville; Swift pictured on September 16

Betty: Swift’s ACM performance, the first in seven-years, was released to streaming platforms and, in terms of tracking sales, had its downloads combined with the original, studio version of Betty

The awards show was originally scheduled for April 29, 2020, but was postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Billboard Music Awards nominees and winners are based on ‘key fan interactions with music, including album and digital song sales, streaming, radio airplay, touring and social engagement, tracked by Billboard and its data partners, including MRC Data/Nielsen Music,’ according to a press release.

The 2020 Billboard Music Awards is produced by dick clark productions. Amy Thurlow, Mark Bracco, Barry Adelman, Linda Gierahn, Kelly Clarkson and Robert Deaton are executive producers. 

Nominated: Taylor earned six nominations, including Top Female Artist and the prestigious Top Artist award; Taylor pictured in February

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