The Beatles' number one record held for 50 years finally toppled

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28 Apr 2024, 10:53

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A new record for the fastest accumulation of 12 chart-topping albums in the UK, previously held by The Beatles for five decades, has been set. 

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Star spent 14 years landing 12 number-one albums, setting a new record with their live album in 1977. 

The record has been undefeated for 47 years…until now. 

It’s been a long time coming, but Taylor Swift has set a new record after just 11 years and six months with the release of her latest album, The Tortured Poets Department

She is now the only artist to have 12 consecutive albums reach the number one spot in as many years. 

Since its release on 19th April, The Tortured Poets Department seems to have been setting records all over the place. Spotify also announced that it had become the most streamed album in a single day and the first album to be streamed a billion times. 

According to Official Charts Company data, the album has shifted 270,000 UK chart units, beating her previous record of 204,000 in seven days, which was achieved with her 2022 album Midnights. 

Every single one of Swift’s albums since the release of Red in 2012 has landed a number-one spot in the UK album chart, too. This includes her four re-released albums that featured new songs. 

The Beatles started their record in 1963 with their debut album Please Please Me and ended it with The Beatles At Hollywood Bowl in June 1977. 

The Tortured Poets Department has also been the subject of much speculation, with many fans believing she wrote a handful of songs on the album about 1975 frontman Matty Healy. 

Last year, the pair were rumoured to be dating, but neither confirmed whether this was true. 

Healy’s mum and Loose Women star Denise Welch has since shared her reaction to Swift’s latest album amid the speculation.