aylor Swift's re-recording 'Red (Taylor’s Version)' smashed the record for the most-streamed album in a day by a female artist on Spotify with more than 90.8 million streams around the globe, Billboard reports. That number only surpasses Swift’s own 'folklore', which previously held the record at 80.6 million streams upon its surprise July 2020 release. Taylor also earned the distinction as the most-streamed female artist in a single day in Spotify's history with more than 122.9 million streams.

Taylor Swift returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her remade album 'Fearless (Taylor’s Version)', for a second non-consecutive week atop the list with the album, Billboard reports. Swift's version of 'Fearless' surges from No. 157 to No. 1 with 152,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in last week. The set vaults back to No. 1 after the Oct. 1 release of a signed CD available only in Swift’s webstore and its vinyl LP. The album debuted at No. 1 in April.

Taylor Swift’s 6-months old album 'Evermore' returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 202,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending June 3, Billboard reports. Album sales comprise 192,000, marking the biggest sales week of 2021. Also, 'Evermore' broke the record for the biggest sales week for a vinyl album in the U.S. since tracking sales began in 1991. The vinyl edition of the album sold 102,000 in a week, smashing Jack White’s record set with 40,000 copies of 'Lazaretto' sold in June 2014. 'Evermore' was initially released digitally and through streamers on Dec. 11, 2020, but its vinyl edition was not issued until May 28.

At the Brit Awards on Tuesday, Taylor Swift is to become the first female winner of the Global Icon award, CNN reports. She will also become the first non-British recipient of the prize, which the Brits characterise as their highest honour. Only three other artists have been named Brits Icons - Sir Elton John, David Bowie and Robbie Williams.

Plenty of records set by Taylor Swift on Billboard 200 chart this week, according to Billboard. Re-recorded version of her 2008 album 'Fearless', titled 'Fearless (Taylor’s Version)' scores the biggest week of 2021 for any album with 291,000 equivalent albums. She's the first woman with three new No. 1 albums in less than a year - in August 'Folklore' debuted at No. 1 with 846,000 units, while 'Evermore' arrived at No. 1 in December with 329,000 units. 'Fearless (Taylor’s Version)' is the only No. 1 album of its kind: a re-recording of an artist’s (own or another’s) previously released album. Album sales of 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' comprise 179,000, making it the top-selling album of the week. The three largest weeks for an album in the last eight months all Belong to Swift. She is also the first woman with three new No. 1 albums in less than a year. Swift also becomes the first woman in the 65-year history of the chart with three new No. 1s in less than 12 months; Donna Summer held that record since 1979/1980.

Taylor Swift and her mom Andrea donated $50,000 to Vickie Quarles, the mother of five daughters whose husband, Theodis Ray Quarles, died of COVID-19, according to Yahoo News. Their donation through GoFundMe fundraiser raised the total amount to over $62,000. Previously, in December, the singer donated $13,000 to two mothers who were struggling to pay their bills during the pandemic. In March of last year, Swift sent checks to her longtime fans who had lost their jobs during the ongoing crisis. She also donated money to Nashville record store Grimey's New and Preloved Music to pay and provide healthcare for each of the retailer's employees for three months.

The history is now
March 15, 2021

Taylor Swift and Beyonce make Grammy history

Taylor Swift has become the first woman in Grammy Awards history to win album of the year three times - the 31-year-old songstress took home the top prize last night with 'Folklore'. Swift previously won album of the year in 2010 for 'Fearless', at that time, the youngest artist ever to do so, and in 2016 for '1989'. The only other musicians to win thrice are Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, and Paul Simon, USA Today reports. Beyoncé became the most-decorated woman in Grammys history with her 28th win, while her daughter Blue Ivy Carter, at 9 years old, became the second youngest person to win a Grammy, according to CBS News. Billie Eilish accepted the Grammy for Record of the Year for her song 'Everything I Wanted', Megan Thee Stallion won Best New Artist, H.E.R. took Song of the Year for 'I Can't Breathe', Check out all the nominees and winners here. BBC picks out five special moments from the ceremony, including Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion simulating sex onstage (a Scissor Sisters moment, right!?).

Taylor Swift has announced that she has re-recorded her second and most successful album 'Fearless', as part of a long-term plan to control her old songs outright, the New York Times reports. Her plan is to re-record, note-by-note, her entire Big Machine discography of six albums and to release it by herself. Swift is setting up and promoting 'Fearless (Taylor Version)' which comes out in April, as a new album, with six previously unreleased songs. She released the "Taylor" version of 'Love Story' as Valentine's gift for her fans.

Taylor Swift jumps back to Top of Billboard 200 chart with 'Evermore' earning 56,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 7, Billboard reports. It's the third week in the lead for 'Evermore', and 51st week on top of Billboard for Swift across all eight of her chart-topping albums. That ties Michael Jackson for the fourth-most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s 65-year history, only behind The Beatles (a record 132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67), and Garth Brooks (52).

Taylor Swift holds the Billboard 200 chart top spot for a second week with her album 'Evermore', as the set earned 169,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 24, as Billboard reports. Swift's sales were aided by the arrival of the album on CD on Dec. 18. Paul McCartney’s new 'McCartney III' debuts at No. 2 with 107,000 equivalent album units, with 32,000 copies sold on vinyl, the third-largest sales week for a vinyl album (only Jack White and Pearl Jam had stronger vinyl weeks years ago).

Taylor Swift notches her second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 this year with her surprise release 'Evermore', which earned 329,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 17, Billboard reports. It's her eight No. 1 album in general, and a companion set to her earlier surprise No. 1 album, 'Folklore', which bowed atop the Billboard 200 in August. Also, Swift set a new UK chart record among female artists, with the singer achieving her six UK number one albums in a record eight years. She has beaten previous record-holder Madonna, who racked up six UK number one albums over 11 years, UK's Official Charts reports.

"It feels like we were standing on the edge of the folklorian woods and had a choice: To turn and go back or to travel further into the forest of this music. We chose to wander deeper in" - Taylor Swift said on Twitter announcing her second surprise album of 2020. 'Evermore', coming out at midnight, is described as a "sister album" to the delicate, escapist 'Folklore', which itself arrived out-of-the-blue in July, the New York Times reports. As with 'Folklore', 'Evermore' will contain collaborations with indie artists Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner, as well as female rock trio Haim.

Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, The Weeknd, and Dan + Shay were the top winners at the American Music Awards, winning three awards each, Variety reports. With three nods from last night, Taylor has now won 32 AMAs, the most awards in the show’s 47-year history (Michael Jackson has 24). Swift won artist of the year for the sixth time, extending her record in that category. She also won favorite female artist - pop/rock for the fifth time, setting a new record in that category; Taylor accepted her awards via video since she is busy re-recording her first six albums. Bieber won favorite male artist - pop/rock for the fourth time, a record. See the full list of all winners - here.

Investment fund Shamrock Holdings has purchased the rights to Taylor Swift's first six albums from Scooter Braun’s Ithaca Holdings, marking the second time in 17 months that ownership over her early recordings has changed hands, Variety reports. The deal of record label Big Machine's resale is thought to be worth somewhere in the region of $300-$400 million. Shamrock Capital, which now owns Swift's first six albums, is a private equity firm originally set up by the Disney family. Swift isn't happy with this deal either, since Scooter Braun will maintain some control of her recordings. Swift signed a deal with Big Machine in 2004 granting them ownership of the master recordings to her first six albums in exchange for a cash advance to kick-start her career. Ownership of masters means the owner controls what can be done with the original recording of a song or album, from re-releases and box sets to making it available for use in an advert or on a streaming platform. Swift, as the writer or co-writer of her music, still owns the publishing rights, which means she has the power to veto some of the owner's attempts to exploit her recordings.

Republic Records claims the top three titles on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week, a first in two years, Billboard says. Taylor Swift’s 'Folklore' (released via Republic) climbs back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for an eighth non-consecutive week on top, with 77,000 equivalent album units. Total album sales for 'Folklore' jump past 1 million (to 1.038 million), making it the first album to sell a million copies in 2020, according to Billboard. Pop Smoke’s 'Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon' (via Victor Victor Worldwide/Republic) falls one spot with 66,000 equivalent album units earned. 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s 'Savage Mode II' (Boominati/Slaughter Boomin/Republic/Epic) dips 2-3 with 47,000 units (down 29%).

Taylor Swift’s 'Folklore' returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart this week, collecting a seventh nonconsecutive week atop the tally with that album, Billboard reports. Swift’s total weeks at Billboard's No. 1 now stands at 47 across all seven of her chart-topping albums, so she surpasses Whitney Houston’s longstanding record, among women, for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 - Houston’s tally stays at 46. The all-time record with the most weeks at No. 1 is held by The Beatles, with 132 weeks at No. 1 across 19 albums. The male act (and solo artist) with the most weeks atop the list is Elvis Presley, with 67.

Taylor Swift set a few records this week with her album 'Folklore': it collects its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the album with the most weeks atop the list in nearly four years; Swift also ties Whitney Houston for the most cumulative weeks at No. 1 among women - Swift’s cumulative weeks at No. 1, across all of her seven chart-topping albums, now rises to 46, which is as much as Houston (the all-time leader is The Beatles, with 132 weeks at No. 1), Billboard reports.

Taylor Swift spends a fifth straight week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with her pop-folk 'Folklore', becoming the first to rule for five weeks in a row at No. 1 since 2018 and Drake’s 'Scorpion', Billboard reports. Lil Baby had five nonconsecutive No 1 weeks on Billboard 200 this year with 'My Turn'. Nas and The Killers enter the top 10 as well - NYC rapper's 'King's Disease' bows at No. 5 with 47,000 equivalent album units earned, and Las Vegas stadium rockers land and No 8 with 37,000 in album sales of 'Imploding the Mirage'.

Taylor Swift's eighth studio album, 'Folklore', spent a fourth consecutive week topping the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, marking the first time a woman's album had spent its first four weeks at No. 1 in nearly five years since Adele's third studio album '25', Billboard reports. 'Folklore' earned 101,000 equivalent album units in its fourth week. Rapper Young Dolph drops in Top 5 as 'Rich' Slave starts at No. 4 with 65,000 equivalent album units earned.

Taylor Swift holds the top spot of Billboard's 200 for a third consecutive week with her pop-folk album 'Folklore - aided by the arrival of its CD version in stores, 'Folklore' earned 136,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. last week, Billboard reports. It's the first album by a woman to spend its first three weeks at No. 1 since 2018, when Lady Gaga reigned the top with 'A Star is Born' soundtrack. Three new albums among the top 10 at the Billboard: country superstar Luke Bryan debuts at No. 5 with 65,000 equivalent album units earned with 'Born Here Live Here Die Here'. Alter-rock band Glass Animals achieves its first top 10 album as 'Dreamland' arrives at No. 7 with 60,000 equivalent album units earned. Rapper NLE Choppa closes out the top 10 as his 'Top Shotta' bows at No. 10 with 36,000 equivalent album units earned.

Taylor Swift's lockdown album 'Folklore' reached the No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, with 846,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the last week, the biggest week for any album since Swift’s last release, 2019’s 'Lover'. 'Folklore' earns Swift her seventh No. 1 album. At No. 2, Logic’s 'No Pressure' launches with 221,000 equivalent album units earned. The Kid LAROI makes his Billboard 200 debut with 'F*ck Love' at No. 8, which launches with 40,000 equivalent album units earned. The album is the 16-year-old rapper’s first full-length mixtape; it includes a guest turn from LAROI’s mentor, the late Juice WRLD.

The last great American lockdown
July 24, 2020

Taylor Swift surprise-releases her new lockdown album 'Folklore'

"In isolation my imagination has run wild. Picking up a pen was my way of escaping into fantasy, history, and memory" - Taylor Swift writes in the liner notes of 'Folklore', her new album released today, and announced just a few hours earlier. It was written during ther epidemic, and it's far from the big pop sound of her last album, the change being underwritten by her main collaborator - Aaron Dessner of The National, who is a co-writer or producer on 11 of the album's 16 songs. Also, Bon Iver's Justin Vernon crops up for a duet on 'Exile'. Swift has released 16 lyrics videos from the album.

The Rolling Stones, Billie Eilish (covering Bobby Hebb), Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga (covering Charlie Chaplin’s 'Smile'), Elton John, Stevie Wonder (covering Bill Withers), Lizzo (covering Sam Cooke), Kacey Musgraves, The Killers, Kesha, Billie Joe Armstrong, Eddie Vedder, Common, Christine and the Queens, Taylor Swift, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots (covering Men Without Hats‘ 'Safety Dance'), John Legend, and many other have performed at Global Citizen’s One World: Together at Home live stream. Watch them all at Global Citizen's YoutTube.

Taylor Swift, a longtime Nashville resident, has handed over $1 million to the Middle Tennessee Emergency Response Fund, the Tennessean reports. She included a link to the Response Fund and encouraged fans to donate to the cause. Also in tornado-related news, Gibson Gives, the charity branch of Gibson Brands, pledged to donate guitars to those whose guitar of any brand was damaged in the natural disaster, Billboard reports. Guitar brands Heritage and Harmony, as well as gear case and accessories brand MONO, are calling for affected artists to get in touch if their gear has been destroyed, damaged or lost due to the disaster, NME reports.

Taylor Swift has opened up about her struggle to overcome an eating disorder in a new documentary 'Miss Americana', which received a standing ovation after its gala screening in Utah on Thursday night. She said that photographs and comments about her appearance had triggered the condition. Swift said she struggled with the condition for several years. Some days, she would "starve a little bit [and] just stop eating". The rest of the time, she kept lists of everything she ate and exercised constantly. And now? - "We do not do that anymore because it's better to think you look fat than to look sick".

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Dr. Dre hasn’t released an album since 2015, haven't been on tour since the turn of the millennium, and his last production credit on a No. 1 hit was in 2009 (Eminem’s 'Crack a Bottle'), but still he managed to climb to the top of Forbes list of highest-earning musician of this decade. He earned […]

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