Taylor Swift sees her superstar status soar to even greater heights today, as 11th studio album The Tortured Poets Department earns her an array of accolades.

15 years after her debut UK chart appearance, Taylor proves she’s truly at the top of her game as she secures a 12th Number 1 on the Official Albums Chart, outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined.

New Official Charts Company data released today reveals Taylor has shifted a staggering 270,000 UK chart units in seven days – eclipsing her previous personal best of 204,000, when Midnights debuted atop the chart in 2022. But that’s just the start.

The Tortured Poets Department surpasses Adele’s 30 to deliver biggest first week in seven years

The Tortured Poets Department surpasses Adele’s 2021 release 30 to earn the UK’s biggest opening week in seven years. Taylor has 9,000 units on Adele’s first week figure, with 30 having managed 261,000 in seven days.

The Tortured Poets Department now boasts the biggest opening week since Ed Sheeran’s 2017 blockbusting record ÷ (Divide), which logged 670,000 first-week UK chart units.

Taylor matches Madonna’s all-time record

With 12 Number 1 records now under her belt, Taylor Swift equals Madonna’s all-time UK Official Chart record; drawing level as the female artist with the most Number 1 albums in Official Albums Chart history.

The Tortured Poets Department joins Red (2012), 1989 (2014), reputation (2017), Lover (2019), folklore (2020), evermore (2020), Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (2021), Red (Taylor’s Version) (2021), Midnights (2022) and Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) (2023) and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) in Taylor’s tally of consecutive chart-toppers.

Taylor also draws level with Bruce Springsteen; with The Boss boasting 12 UK Number 1 LPs, too.

Only four acts in chart history claim more UK chart-toppers: The Beatles (16), The Rolling Stones (14), Robbie Williams (14) and Elvis Presley (13).
See the list of artists with the most UK Number 1 albums ever here.

Taylor bags biggest opening week for an international act in 18 years

In terms of international artists delivering huge releases in the UK, nobody has come as close to Scissor Sisters’ first-week figure of 288,000, achieved with their second studio album Ta-Dah! back in 2006.

Taylor Swift outperforms The Beatles with the fastest accumulation of 12 Number 1 albums in Official Chart history

No other artist has notched up 12 Number 1 albums in such a short space of time. Taylor Swift has done it in 11 years and 6 months, from Red in October 2012 to The Tortured Poets Department on 26 April 2024. This surpasses The Beatles who managed the feat in 14 years and 1 month between Please Please Me (May 1963) and The Beatles At Hollywood Bowl in June 1977.

Taylor extends own record as the only artist to claim 12 Number 1 albums in the 21st century

Taylor also extends her own record as the only artist to claim 12 Number 1 albums in the 21st century, all of which she has achieved consecutively; from her first UK Number 1 album 12 years ago, Red, in 2012, to The Tortured Poets Department in 2024.

A third Official Chart Double for Taylor

Soaring straight to the Official Singles Chart summit with Fortnight ft. Post Malone, Taylor also scores her third Official Chart Double. Previously, Taylor achieved the relatively rare feat with Midnights and its lead single Anti-Hero (2022) and 1989 (Taylor’s Version) and Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version) (2023).

See every artist to score the Official Chart Double here.

Fortnight becomes Taylor’s fourth Official Number 1 single in the UK, joining Look What You Made Me Do (2017), Anti-Hero (2022) and Is It Over Now? (Taylor’s Version) (2023). It also sees Post Malone bag his second UK chart-topper (and first in seven years), following 2017’s Rockstar with 21 Savage.

Taylor further dominates this week’s Official Singles Chart, with title track The Tortured Poets Department (3) and Down Bad (4) making their Top 5 debuts.

Recognising Taylor’s incredible achievements, Martin Talbot, Chief Executive, Official Charts Company says:

“What a week for Taylor Swift! It is always fantastic news for the entire music sector to have an artist of Taylor’s calibre returning with new music – but the fact she has done so with such huge, record-breaking impact underlines again why we love music, and her, so much.

“The list of her new records are almost too lengthy to list, suffice to say, this is truly Tay-Tay’s moment – and we are all here for it.”