Taylor Swift’s 1989 album returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart for a milestone 10th nonconsecutive week, making Swift just the second woman in history to earn two albums with at least 10 weeks atop the list.
Swift previously logged 11 weeks at No. 1 with her second album, Fearless, in 2008 and 2009. (She has two further No. 1s: Speak Now, with six weeks at No. 1, and Red, with seven weeks in the penthouse.)
1989 steps back to No. 1 (rising 2-1) with 101,000 equivalent album units earned (down 15 percent) in the week ending Feb. 1, according to Nielsen Music. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
Swift follows Whitney Houston as the only woman with multiple albums with 10 weeks at No. 1. Houston managed the feat three times: with her self-titled debut (14 weeks in 1986), her second album, Whitney (11 weeks in 1987) and The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 weeks in 1992 and 1993).
In total, only seven acts have claimed more than one album with 10 weeks at No. 1: Swift, Houston, The Beatles (with four), The Kingston Trio (three), Henry Mancini (two), The Monkees (two) and Elvis Presley (three).
1989’s climb back to the top was powered by 71,000 in pure album sales (down 13 percent). The set also spends a 10th week at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart. This is the first time the top selling album of the week has dipped below 100,000 copies since last September, when Lecrae’s Anomaly bowed atop the chart with 88,000 sold in the week ending Sept. 14, 2014. 1989’s latest sales frame is the lowest for the week’s top seller since the week of July 13, 2014, when Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear launched at No. 1 with 52,000.
As for the rest of the new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10, Ed Sheeran’s x rises 4-2 with 74,000 units (down 2 percent), Meghan Trainor’s Title is stationary at No. 3 (68,000 units; down 21 percent) while Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour climbs 9-4 (60,000 units; up 18 percent).
Below Smith is the only debut in the top 10, and it comes from another man named Smith: Ne-Yo (whose birth name is Shaffer Smith). Ne-Yo’s Non-Fiction opens at No. 5 with 59,000 units, with 82 percent of its total coming from traditional album sales. Non-Fiction is Ne-Yo’s sixth consecutive top 10 album in as many tries. Ne-Yo’s hot streak began with his debut album, In My Own Words, which bowed at No. 1 in 2006. He followed it up with Because of You (No. 1 in 2007), Year of the Gentleman (No. 2, 2008), Libra Scale (No. 9, 2010), R.E.D. (No. 4, 2012) and now Non-Fiction (No. 5).
Last week’s No. 1, Fall Out Boy’s American Beauty/American Psycho, falls to No. 6 in its second week with 55,000 units (down 75 percent).
Mark Ronson’s Uptown Special rises 10-7 with 49,000 units (up 1 percent), bolstered by TEA, which comprise 75 percent of the album’s units for the week (courtesy of Uptown Special’s red-hot single “Uptown Funk!” — it sold 365,000 downloads in the latest tracking week).
Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint dips 6-8 with 48,000 units (down 10 percent). Of its unit total for the week, 58 percent are from TEA and SEA.
Rounding out the top 10 are Maroon 5‘s V (11-9 with 43,000 units; down 9 percent) and the 2015 Grammy Nominees compilation album (12-10 in its second week, with 34,000 units; down 24 percent). It is the 14th Grammy Nominees album to reach the top 10.