Taylor Swift has broken history once again, this time by becoming the woman with the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. Her re-recorded album, Speak Now (Taylor's Version), debuted at No. 1 this week, giving Swift her 12th chart-topping album.
The previous record holder was Barbra Streisand, who had 11 No. 1 albums. Swift is now tied with Drake for the third-most No. 1 albums overall, behind The Beatles (19) and Jay-Z (14).
Swift's success is a testament to her enduring popularity and her ability to connect with her fans. She has been a chart-topping force since her debut album in 2006, and she shows no signs of slowing down.
Speak Now (Taylor's Version) is the second of six re-recorded albums that Swift is releasing in the coming years. The first, Fearless (Taylor's Version), was released in April 2021 and also debuted at No. 1.
The re-recorded albums are part of Swift's effort to regain control of her masters, which were sold to music publisher Scooter Braun in 2019. Swift has said that she was unhappy with the way Braun handled her career, and she has been re-recording her old albums in an effort to own her own work.
The re-recorded albums have been met with critical acclaim, and they have also been commercial successes. Speak Now (Taylor's Version) sold over 874,000 copies in its first week, making it the best-selling album of 2023 so far.
Swift's success is a reminder of the power of music. She has been able to connect with her fans on a deep level, and her music has helped to shape the lives of millions of people around the world. She is a true artist, and she is sure to continue to make history for years to come.