Taylor Swift’s unstoppable reign: Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) surpasses Barbra Streisand with 12th No. 1 album

Taylor Swift ascends to new heights with Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), claiming the throne on Billboard 200.

Taylor Swift’s reign knows no bounds as her reimagined opus, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version), achieves a remarkable conquest on the highly coveted Billboard 200 albums chart (dated July 22).

This triumphant return propels her into the echelons of greatness, clinching her 12th No. 1 album and surpassing the legendary Barbra Streisand for the title of most No. 1 albums among women.

Taylor Swift performing with guitar on stage
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As the resplendent crown jewel of 2023, Speak Now (Taylor’s Version) gracefully claims the year’s most momentous debut, shattering records with its astronomical performance.

Dazzling with an impressive display of musical prowess, Speak Now commands attention, earning a staggering 716,000 equivalent album units in the United States during the week ending July 13, as reported by the esteemed Luminate.

Within this astounding triumph, traditional album sales contribute an awe-inspiring 507,000 units.

Such figures not only solidify Speak Now as the frontrunner of 2023 but also secure its place as the most formidable release of the year.

This monumental accomplishment stands tall, surpassing Swift’s own extraordinary achievement when her previous studio offering, Midnights, stormed onto the scene with a jaw-dropping 1.58 million units, including 1.14 million in album sales, last year (week ending Oct. 27, 2022; as reflected on the Nov. 5-dated Billboard 200).

But the story doesn’t end there. Taylor Swift’s indomitable reign expands further, as she occupies an astounding four positions within the illustrious top 10 of the Billboard 200. Alongside Speak Now, her chart-topping gems Midnights, Lover, and Folklore continue to cast their captivating spell on listeners, each holding steadfast within the upper echelons of the charts.

This remarkable achievement harkens back to an era long past, with the last living artist to achieve this extraordinary feat being Herb Alpert on the April 2, 1966-dated chart. Swift’s ability to claim her space alongside the immortals showcases her unrivaled talent and unshakable dominion over the industry.

Taylor Swift’s ascent to the summit and her sustained dominance within the top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 is a testament to her unmatched artistry and formidable presence in the music world.

With Speak Now leading the charge, she paves the way for a new era of musical achievement, forever etching her name in the annals of history. As the world stands in awe of her prowess, Taylor Swift continues to redefine the boundaries of success, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-evolving landscape of music.

Keen for more number ones? Check out Madonna’s Top Ten albums here.