In its 52nd frame on the tally (dated Nov. 7), 1989 slips 6-9 with 37,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 22, according to Nielsen Music. The set debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated Nov. 14, 2014, spent 11 nonconsecutive weeks atop the list and has yet to leave the top tier.
1989 was released on Oct. 27, 2014 on Big Machine Records and has now sold 5.4 million copies to date.
Albums With Most Weeks in Billboard 200 Top 10 From Debut (Aug. 17, 1963* – Present):
Weeks in Top 10, Title, Artist, Debut Chart Date
84, Born in the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen, June 23, 1984
78, 21, Adele, March 12, 2011
59, Falling Into You, Celine Dion, March 30, 1996
52, Rumours, Fleetwood Mac, Feb. 26, 1977
52, 1989, Taylor Swift, Nov. 15, 2014
(*When the Billboard 200 chart combined its earlier separate mono and stereo album charts into one all-encompassing list.)
The last album to spend its first year on the chart in the top 10 was Adele’s 21, which racked up 78 straight weeks in the region between its debut on March 12, 2011 and Sept. 1, 2012. (It would later return to the top 10 for three more frames.)
Before that, Celine Dion’s Falling Into You tallied its first 59 weeks in the top 10 (March 30, 1996 through May 10, 1997). Like 21, Dion’s album also came back to the top 10 (for two more weeks).
The ‘80s saw just one album manage the feat: Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A., which holds the record for the longest consecutive top 10 run from its debut: 84 weeks (June 23, 1984 through Jan. 25, 1986). (Unlike Dion and Adele, however, once Springsteen’s album departed the top 10, it never returned.)
Before the Boss, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours clocked a year (52 frames) in the top 10 from its start at No. 10 on Feb. 26, 1977 through the Feb. 18, 1978-dated chart. (While Rumours never came back to the top 10, it got close: on the May 21, 2011 chart, following Fox TV’s Glee tribute episode to Rumours, the album reentered the chart at No. 11.)
It’s important to note that it wasn’t commonplace for an album to debut in the top 10 before the chart began using Nielsen Music’s point-of-sale data, beginning with the May 25, 1991-dated chart. Between Aug. 17, 1963 (when the chart’s earlier separate mono and stereo album charts joined into one all-encompassing chart) through May 18, 1991, just 59 albums debuted in the top 10. The first set to debut in the region in that span of time was The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which bowed at No. 8 on the June 24, 1967 chart. The Billboard 200 didn’t welcome its first No. 1 debut until June 7, 1975, when Elton John’s Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy galloped in at No. 1.