Taylor Swift Scores Tenth Week at No. 1 With “The Tortured Poets Department”

Taylor Swift at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2024
Taylor Swift at the 66th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2024. Photo by David Fisher/Shutterstock (14325203sl)

Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department is shaping up to be one of the defining albums of 2024, and the Billboard 200 chart reflects its success. Over two months after its release, Swift’s latest LP returned to No. 1 for its tenth consecutive week, making history in the process.

With 115,000 equivalent album units earned during its latest week on the chart, Tortured Poets easily returned to No. 1. Gracie Abrams’ sophomore album The Secret of Us was the only real competition it faced this week, with 89,000 equivalent album units earned.

Swift previously managed to spend at least ten weeks atop the Billboard 200 with 1989 and Fearless, and this number is quite impressive. She joins Whitney Houston, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and The Kingston Trio as only the fifth act to have at least three albums with ten weeks at No. 1 and the first to do so this century.

The Tortured Poets Department and its companion piece The Anthology both hit the shelves on April 19, along with the music video for the lead single “Fortnight” ft. Post Malone. Swift later released several limited-edition variants featuring acoustic covers, demons, and other versions of the songs, which boosted its sales in the weeks to come.