Taylor Swift matches Madonna as having the most number one albums of any female artist in UK chart history after release of The Tortured Poets Department

Taylor Swift is a woman on a mission.

And her latest success saw the 34-year-old singer become the first music artist to claim 12 number one albums in the 21st century in the UK charts, according to the Official Charts Company.

She now has 12 chart-topping albums under her belt and is tied with Madonna as having the most number one albums of any female artist in UK chart history.

The 14-time Grammy winner broke a string of records following the release of her highly anticipated record The Tortured Poets Department.

A heartfelt album which is thought to contain references to her ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn and The 1975’s Matty Healy.

Taylor Swift, 34, has become the first music artist to claim 12 number one albums in the 21st century in the UK charts, according to the Official Charts Company

Taylor now has 12 chart-topping albums under her belt and is tied with Madonna as having the most number one albums of any female artist in UK chart history

On the day of its release, April 19, her album became the first in Spotify history to achieve more than 300 million streams in a single day.

And it has now topped the UK charts and secured the biggest opening week in seven years.

The album has shifted 270,000 UK chart units, which has eclipsed her previous record of 204,000 in seven days, which she achieved with her 2022 album Midnights.

The release was s the biggest opening week since British singer and friend of Taylor, Ed Sheeran, released his 2017 record Divide – which logged more than 670,000 sales and streams in its opening week.

It took Taylor less than 12 years to secure her 12 chart-toppers, which, in comparison had taken The Beatles 14 years to achieve.

The band’s first number one album in the UK was with the 1963 record Please Please Me and their 12th was The Beatles At Hollywood Bowl (1977).

In another feat, Taylor has achieved her third UK chart double for the third consecutive year in a row.

Her single Fortnight, featuring rapper Post Malone, has soared to number one in the singles chart alongside her album.

The 14-time Grammy winner broke a string of records following the release of her highly anticipated record The Tortured Poets Department

A heartfelt album which is thought to contain references to her ex-boyfriend Joe Alwyn and The 1975's Matty Healy

In 2022, she secured a chart double with Midnights and its lead single Anti-Hero, and the same happened again in 2023 with 1989 (Taylor’s Version) and her re-recorded version of Is It Over Now?

Two more of her singles feature in the top five this week, the album’s title track, which has debuted at number three and Down Bad, which has come in at number four.

Taylor has stolen the top spot from Irish artist Hozier, whose chart-topping single Too Sweet has moved down to number two.

Rounding out the singles chart top five is Espresso by American pop singer Sabrina Carpenter, who has supported Swift on her Eras Tour, which will be coming to the UK in June.

Second to Taylor in the UK albums chart is Pearl Jam’s Dark Matter, while Beyonce’s Act II: Cowboy Carter has moved down one space to number three.

On the day of its release, April 19, her album became the first in Spotify history to achieve more than 300 million streams in a single day. And it has now topped the UK charts and secured the biggest opening week in seven years

The Highlights by Canadian singer The Weeknd is in at number four and UB45 by reggae group UB40 is in at number five.

Taylor  launched her 16-song album on the morning of April 19, and just two hours later she revealed it was a double album with 15 more songs available on The Anthology edition.

The Bad Blood singer was named 2023’s biggest-selling global recording artist by topping the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s (IFPI) chart earlier this year.

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