Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Tops US Billboard 200 For Eighth Week

Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ continues ruling the weekly US Billboard 200 chart even in 2015. This is the eighth non-consecutive week the album has topped the chart.

The country-turned-pop superstar ended the year holding Number 1 position and started 2015 with same recognition. This is her 5th album and second longest-running No. 1 album.

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Her second full-length album ‘Fearless’ topped the chart in 2008 and 2009 for eleven non-consecutive weeks. Her other two popular albums, ‘Speak Now’ of 2010 and ‘Red’ of 2012, were on No. 1 positions for six and seven weeks respectively.

According to Nielsen SoundScan Music, ‘1989’ has sold 172,000 physical copies until the week ending on January 4. A total of 244,000 downloads have been registered in the same period.

‘The Pinkprint’ was at No. 2 on the chart for third consecutive week with 83,000 units. The ‘X’ of Ed Sheeran was promoted to the third place with 83,400 units. The week was quiet for albums and there were no new entries.

The rules of Billboard chart have been altered. From November 2014 ten individual song sales of album are considered as one sold unit. For downloads the chart now counts 1,500 album streams as 1 album unit.

‘1989’ was released in November last year and since then 3.7 million copies have been sold.

Below is the list of US Billboard 200 chart:

“1989” – Taylor Swift (244,000)
“The Pinkprint” – Nicki Minaj (84,000)
“X” – Ed Sheeran (83,000)
“In the Lonely Hour” – Sam Smith (82,000)
“Guardians of the Galaxy” Soundtrack – Various Artists (70,000)
“Hozier” – Hozier (60,000)
“2014 Forest Hills Drive” – J. Cole (59,000)
“Into the Woods” Soundtrack – Various Artists (57,000)
“FOUR” – One Direction (55,000)
“My Everything” – Ariana Grande (43,000)