Taylor Swift’s surprise eighth album, Folklore, has broken several chart records in its first week on sale.
The record was written and recorded during the coronavirus lockdown, and swerves away from the pop sound that’s dominated her last three albums.
On Spotify, it achieved 80.6m streams in a single day, the highest-ever tally for a female artist.
In the US it sold 846,000 copies, making it the best-selling record of the year after just seven days on sale.
Swift also becomes the first artist in US chart history to have seven albums sell more than 500,000 copies in a single week; and the first female artist to have seven albums debut at number one.
Her single Cardigan also entered the Hot 100 at number one, making her the first person ever to debut at the top of the album and singles chart in the same week. (BBC)