Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” ties longstanding music record

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Shaylen Stancil, Contributing Writer

In July, Taylor Swift surprise-dropped her eighth studio album, “Folklore.” This release is less than a year after her seventh album, “Lover.” It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 charts and remained there for six weeks until it rose to #5.

“Folklore’s” success has been great enough to break records. So far, it has been the first album since 2016 to top the 200 charts for six consecutive weeks. Swift also surpassed Adele for most weeks at number one for any non-R & B and Hip-Hop album by a female. The biggest accomplishment for this album so far, however, is that it tied — at 46 weeks — Whitney Houston for most weeks at #1 by any woman (across all studio albums).

Houston achieved this record with her four albums released between 1985 and 2009.

Swift announced the release of her album in an Instagram caption on July 23 after posting a series of black and white photos of the woods that grace the album cover. In the post, she said that the last thing she expected to do in 2020 was release an album.

“I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine,” said Swift. Some of those “musical heroes” include co-writers Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver, and album photographer Beth Garrabrant.

“Folklore” has two editions, a standard with 16 tracks and a deluxe edition which includes a bonus track titled “the lakes.”

“Folklore” is available to stream on Spotify and Apple Music, with physical copies available to purchase at Target and Walmart. The album is also available for purchase on Swift’s website, along with signed copies and merchandise.