Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' Tops Billboard 200 for Third Week

Taylor Swift's album "The Tortured Poets Department" spends its third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 282,000 equivalent album units. The album's success extends Swift's record for most weeks at No. 1 by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 to 72.

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Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' Tops Billboard 200 for Third Week

Taylor Swift's 'The Tortured Poets Department' Tops Billboard 200 for Third Week

Taylor Swift's 11th studio album, "The Tortured Poets Department," has secured its third consecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, tying with Morgan Wallen's "One Thing at a Time" as the longest-running leader in the US in 2024. The album sold 282,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 9, marking a 36% decrease from the previous week but still achieving an impressive feat.

Swift's album has garnered significant streaming numbers, with 229,500 of the total units coming from streaming equivalent albums (SEA), which translates to 298.33 million on-demand official streams. Traditional album sales account for 51,000 units, while track equivalent albums (TEA) contribute an additional 1,500 units. This marks Swift's first album to spend its first three weeks atop the chart since her 2020 release, "Folklore."

"The Tortured Poets Department" has also scored the largest third-week sales for any album since Swift's own "Midnights" clocked 299,000 units in its third frame in November 2022. With this achievement, Swift extends her record for the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 to 72, surpassing Elvis Presley's 67 weeks. She has also upped her career top 10s to 59, the most among women, and charted an unprecedented 32 songs from the album in a single week.

Elsewhere on the Billboard 200, Dua Lipa achieves her highest charting album with "Radical Optimism" debuting at No. 2, earning 83,000 equivalent album units. K-pop group SEVENTEEN also makes a strong showing, as their best-of collection "SEVENTEEN Best Album 17 Is Right Here" enters at No. 5 with 53,000 units, marking their fifth consecutive top 10 entry.

As "The Tortured Poets Department" continues to dominate the charts, Taylor Swift solidifies her status as one of the most successful and influential artists of her generation. With her ability to consistently produce chart-topping albums and break records, Swift's impact on the music industry remains unparalleled.

Key Takeaways

  • Taylor Swift's "The Tortured Poets Department" spends 3rd week at No. 1 on Billboard 200.
  • Album sells 282,000 units, with 229,500 from streaming equivalent albums.
  • Swift extends record for most weeks at No. 1 by a solo artist to 72.
  • Dua Lipa's "Radical Optimism" debuts at No. 2, earning 83,000 units.
  • SEVENTEEN's "SEVENTEEN Best Album 17 Is Right Here" enters at No. 5 with 53,000 units.