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Taylor Swift's 11th studio album 'The Tortured Poets Department' explodes at #1 on the United World Chart with huge equivalent sales of 3.353.000 excl. China, scoring the Biggest Debut of the Decade!

Posted on May 4, 2024



It's the biggest debut for an album since Adele's '25' exploded at #1 with 5,71 Million sales in the calendar week 49, 2015, almost 8 and a half years ago. 'The Tortured Poets Department' has scored almost 3 times that of the entire Top 20 albums combined!'The album' rockets to #1 on the year-to-date chart, replacing her own '1989' album which dips to No. 2!
'The Tortured Poets Department' is Taylor's 11th studio album and was self-written and self-produced with Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, and released via Republic Records. It was expanded into a double album upon its release, subtitled 'The Anthology', with a surprise 2nd set of songs, and broke several digital and sales records! It is the first album in Spotify history to surpass 200 and 300 million streams in one day, breaking the all-time record for the most streamed album in a single day, previously held by Swift's own 'Midnights'! Taylor surpassed her own all-time record for most streamed artist in a single day. 5 days later, 'The Tortured Poets Department' became the first album to hit 1 BILLION streams in a single week and broke the record for the most streamed album globally in a single week, surpassing 1.76B streams! The album also became the most streamed album ever in a single day on Amazon Music in less than 12 hours and surpassed 'Midnights' to become the most streamed pop album in a single day on Apple Music!
'The Tortured Poets Album' debuted at #1 in 25 countries including the US, landing atop the Billboard 200 with 2.6 million album-equivalent units, including 1.9 million pure album sales, marking the biggest sales week of Taylor's career and her record-extending 7th album to open with over 1 Million units in the US! It's Swift's 14th No. 1 album, tying JayZ for most chart toppers among soloists, and scoring the 3rd-largest week by overall units in Billboard history! Swift also set a record for most first week vinyl sales in US history, with 859,000 sold. All 31 songs from the album debuted on the Billboard Hot 100, with Taylor setting a new record for most simultaneous entries by a female artist in history (32) and becoming the first female to surpass 50 career top-10 songs! Taylor is the first artist to occupy the first 14 positions of the Billboard Hot 100 simultaneously, with "Fortnight" at #1, and the first Act to occupy the entire Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 simultaneously, on 2 different occasions!
Outside of the US, Taylor scored the Biggest debut week of the year in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden and the UK! It's Taylor's 12th consecutive No. 1 album in the UK, tying Madonna as the only artist to ever have 12 No. 1 albums! She also generated the biggest sales week since Ed Sheeran's 'Divide' in March 2017, selling 270,000 units, becoming the fastest-selling album of her career! It's Swift's 11th No. 1 album in Ireland and most-consumed album ever in the first week! It's also the Most-streamed album in a single day in Canada, and her 14th consecutive No. 1 album in the country! It's Swift's 13th No. 1 album in a row in Australia, the most for any female act, and the biggest first week sales since Adele's '25', with Taylor breaking the All Time records for most simultaneous entries by a single artist in the top 10 (10), top 50 (29) and top 100 (34)! In Germany it scored the largest streaming day for an album and artist in German history, with 11.5 million and 14.4 million streams respectively! 'The Tortured Poets Department' debuted at No. 1 with the top sales week for any artist in 2 years and for any solo artist in 7 years. The Album also debuted at #1 in Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia & Switzerland! It has already been certified Platinum in Spain for over 40,000 sales units and Gold in the UK for 100,000!
Korean Boy Band Boy Next Door's 2nd EP 'How?' lands at #2 on the United World Chart after debuting atop the Circle chart in Korea with 566,083 equivalent album units and 70,851 via Weverse!
Boy Next Door debuted in 2023 with the single album 'Who!', the first installment in the "first love trilogy" followed by their 1st EP 'Why..' in 2024 which marked the group's first appearance on the Billboard 200 chart. The group's second EP, 'How?' (2024), isthe group's first release to top the Circle & United World Album Charts!
'How?' completes the group's trilogy of releases chronicling the story of a "first love". The EP was released on April 15, alongside the single "Earth, Wind & Fire". On April 23, the group received their first music show win on The Show! 'How?' has so far reached #1 on the Oricon Album chart in Japan, selling 76,786 in its first week, and debuted this week at #93 on the Billboard 200!
Pearl Jam's 12th studio album 'Dark Matter' scores the 3rd Highest New Entry on this week's United World Chart, landing at #4 after debuting at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #2 in 9 countries including Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Switzerland and the UK!
The album has so far reached #3 in Belgium (Walllonia), Croatia, Italy & New Zealand, #4 in Poland, #7 in Iceland, #13 in Finland &France, #17 in Denmark, #21 in Sweden, #26 in Hungary & #29 in Japan!
The critically acclaimed album was released via Monkeywrench Records and Republic Records, and was produced by Andrew Watt. It was preceded by the singles "Dark Matter", "Running" and "Wreckage". Recorded at Shangri-La in Malibu, California and Watt's home studio, the album is the first to feature contributions from touring and session member Josh Klinghoffer, who joined the band on its 2022–2023 Gigaton Tour. 'Dark Matter' marks a return to the 5 member band working together in a fast-paced studio environment! Their previous studio album, 'Gigaton' (2020) was recorded over several years and many individual sessions.
The album will be accompanied by a forthcoming world tour!

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