Taylor Swift makes history as first artiste to debut at No 1 on Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously twice
In August this year, Swift’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Folklore’ and its single 'Cardigan' opened atop the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts
Taylor Swift’s second album of the year ‘Evermore’ made its debut at number one in Billboard 200 along with its track ‘Willow’ blooming at number one in the Billboard Hot 100 making history for Swift as the first artiste to top both charts simultaneously twice. In August this year, Swift’s Grammy-nominated album ‘Folklore’ and its single 'Cardigan' opened atop the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 charts.
Billboard tweeted, "As 'Evermore' debuts atop the #Billboard200 and 'Willow' atop the #Hot100, @taylorswift13 is the first artist in @billboardcharts history to debut at No. 1 on both charts simultaneously twice."
As "Evermore" debuts atop the #Billboard200 and "Willow" atop the #Hot100, @taylorswift13 is the first artist in @billboardcharts history to debut at No. 1 on both charts simultaneously twice. https://t.co/P2tbhfI6n0— billboard (@billboard) December 21, 2020
Swift’s country noir ‘Evermore’ released on December 11 prior to the Grammy-winning singer’s birthday and its lead track ‘Willow’ has 30 million US streams and sold 59,000 downloads in the week ending December 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It also received 12.3 million radio airplay audience impressions which play a significant role in achieving a Hot 100 feat.
A further breakdown of the Billboard data also shows that for the first week of ‘Willow’ sales, seven purchase options were available at discounted rates on Swift's website including the 'dancing witch (Elvira remix)', 'lonely witch' and 'moonlight witch' versions individually and its packaged options.
Swift took to Twitter to thank her fans for the new history being made. She wrote, “Guys. Seriously. Thank you for doing this.” Swifties, as her fans are called, were also seen celebrating this iconic milestone with the 31-year-old singer. A fan wrote, “#ProudOfTaylor is an understatement. Proud, excited, thankful, genuinely happy for Taylor. TRULY A MOMENT IN HISTORY. She deserves all of these and more.”
Another user wrote, “No, thank YOU for giving us the chance to escape and feel some hope while we have been drowning. They became our floating devices too. THANK YOU.” Another fan shared, “thank you for creating these masterpieces and saving our year.” Another fan summarized the victory, saying, “Taylor Swift is the MUSIC INDUSTRY!”
A user posted, “She has gotten me through so many things since I was a teenager and I'm so happy to have grown up with her and continue to grow alongside her. ILY”
Guys.— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) December 21, 2020
Thank you for doing this. https://t.co/CnqmuxXyuh
No, thank YOU for giving us the chance to escape and feel some hope while we have been drowning. They became our floating devices too. ♥️✨ THANK YOU.— Carly Heading (@carlyylalaa) December 21, 2020
thank you for creating these masterpieces and saving our year pic.twitter.com/KMMWm26dCd— ً (@ellesrevival) December 21, 2020
Taylor Swift is the MUSIC INDUSTRY! 🔥❤️ pic.twitter.com/e5BPLKK9cR— Z A N A (@ZanaHajiSaid) December 20, 2020
With ‘Willow’, Taylor Swift has seven songs at number one on Billboard Hot 100. She first achieved this feat with ‘We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together’ in 2012 which stayed at number 1 for three weeks (dated September 1). ‘Shake It Off’ charted at number one in Billboard Hot 100 for four weeks, beginning September 6, 2014, followed by ‘Blank Space’ for seven weeks, beginning November 29, 2014.
‘Bad Blood’ feat. Kendrick Lamar peaked at the 1st spot for a week in Billboard Hot 100 on June 6, 2015. Her fifth number one came with ‘Look What You Made Me Do’, which stayed at the top spot for three weeks, beginning September 16, 2017. The sixth number one came with ‘Cardigan’ of ‘Folklore’ as noted above followed by ‘Willow’.
Watch 'Willow' here.