February 4, 2015


Taylor Swift Breaks Yet Another Billboard Chart Record With '1989'

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Michael Stewart/WireImage

Nothing ever seems to slow down in Taylor Swift's world. The country music-turned-pop icon most recently made headlines when she trademarked the phrase "this sick beat" from her monster hit "Shake It Off." Before that, she set a record with 1989 by becoming the first woman to succeed one No. 1 hit, "Shake," with another, "Blank Space," atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. It could have something to do with the fact that the album sold 1.287 million copies in its first week. Impressive stuff, huh?

Today Tay Tay has broken yet another record, becoming the second woman in history to earn two albums with at least ten nonconsecutive weeks atop the Billboard 200. Her second album, Fearless, hit No. 1 for eleven weeks in 2008 and 2009, now 1989 joins its ranks.

The other woman to accomplish this feat is none other than Whitney Houston, who managed to do it with three albums: Her debut in 1986, Whitney in 1987 and the Bodyguard soundtrack in 1992 and 1993. The latter spent a whopping 20 weeks at the top of the charts, so Taylor's got a lot of a work ahead of her if she plans on stealing the title. For now, she's sitting pretty.

While you've got Swift on the mind, click through our favorite "Shake It Off" parodies and covers, take our Taylor singles quiz and check out some adorable throwback photos.