She’s the first woman to hold the Nos. 1 and 2 positions in the same week since the chart launched in 1991.
Taylor Swift monopolizes the top two positions on Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart (dated Dec. 26), with her surprise release Evermore, as well as her previous effort Folklore, respectively. It’s the first time a woman has held the Nos. 1 and 2 spots at the same time, dating to the chart’s launch on May 25, 1991.
Billboard’s Top Album Sales chart ranks the top-selling albums of the week based only on traditional album sales. The Album Sales chart’s history dates back to May 25, 1991, the first week Billboard began tabulating charts with electronically monitored piece count information from SoundScan, now Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Pure album sales were the measurement solely utilized by the Billboard 200 albums chart through the list dated Dec. 6, 2014, after which that chart switched to a methodology that blends album sales with track equivalent album units and streaming equivalent album units. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.
Evermore debuts at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 155,000 copies sold in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It’s Swift’s eighth leader on the tally. Evermore is the companion set to her earlier surprise release, Folklore, which bowed atop the Aug. 8-dated Top Album Sales chart.