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Taylor Swift smashes Beatles’ record for fastest run of UK number one albums

By | Published on Monday 19 April 2021

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Taylor Swift has broken the Beatles’ long-held chart record for the quickest run of three UK number one albums. The band had held onto that record for 54 years, but it was smashed by Swift on Friday, after she shaved more than 100 days off their mid-60s run.

The Beatles set the record in 1966, after going to number one with ‘Help!’, ‘Rubber Soul’ and ‘Revolver’ over the course of 364 days. Swift managed it in just 259 days with her two lockdown albums, ‘Folklore’ and ‘Evermore’, and the newly re-recorded version of her 2008 LP ‘Fearless’.

“Home is where the [heart] is but God I [love] the UK”, Swift tweeted in response to the news.

Of course, the Beatles had to write all three of their albums from scratch, whereas Swift had the benefit of already having one of her’s in the bag. Even so, it’s a swift (SWIFT!) record she’s set, that’ll be hard for anyone else to match. We’ll see if she can hold onto it for more than five and a half decades.

Swift may actually be on course to add a fourth album to her run of speedy number ones as well. Her new version of ‘Fearless’ is, of course, part of a grand plan to re-record all of her first six albums. As ‘Fearless’ also went to number one in the US last week, she tweeted: “Been in the studio all day recording the next one”.

Following an appearance on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ last week, fans are convinced that she dropped a load of hints during that chat that her 2014 album ‘1989’ will be next. One theory is that the first single from it will be out next month, so it’s not impossible that she could end up with four number one albums in under a year.