Taylor Swift Makes History with 'Folklore'

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Seems like August won’t be slipping away into a moment in time for Taylor Swift because her surprise album, Folklore, is breaking records all over the place.

The singer-songwriter made history this week, becoming the first artist ever to debut atop the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 charts at the same time. Her song and first single off Folklore, “Cardigan,” topped both charts.

As if that wasn’t enough, Billboard notes that the album — which was released at the end of last month — yielded a whopping 13 (the 30-year-old’s favorite number) “notable achievements.” While “Cardigan” made history with its No. 1 debuts, it also made history alongside the song “The 1” when they both debuted in the top five simultaneously, making Swift the first woman to have two songs in the Hot 100’s top five at the same time.

Swift is also the first solo female artist to debut at No. 1 since January of this year, when Selena Gomez held the spot with “Lose You to Love Me” until January 4. Folklore is the artist’s seventh No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 albums chart, “tying her with Janet Jackson for the third-most leaders among women in the history of the chart,” as per another Billboard report.

With Folklore selling a whopping 846,000 albums in the United States in its first week, Entertainment Weekly notes that it is the “best-selling album of the year to date.”

The album has been widely hailed by critics and fans on Twitter, with Pitchfork calling the album “a sweater-weather record filled with cinematic love songs and rich fictional details.” As per the name of the album, it's rife with stories that have prompted many to attempt to break down who is who and what love triangles are being detailed in each song.

You can currently stream Folklore on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and elsewhere.

Tags: Pop Culture, Navigating the Pandemic, Overcoming Adversity

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Rose Low is a writer based in New York, with a background in social media strategy and reporting. She has a Masters from NYU and a love for romantic comedies. See Full Bio

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