Taylor Swift makes history as first artist to claim entire Top 10 on Billboard Hot 100
As Billboard announced on Monday, October 31, the pop star has thus overtaken Drake, who had claimed nine of the Top 10 songs for a week in September 2021.
The 32-year-old artist’s ‘Midnights‘ came out on October 21. On the day of its release, the album broke global Spotify records for the most streams of a single album in one day. “10 out of 10 of the Hot 100??? On my 10th album??? I AM IN SHAMBLES,” the pop star tweeted.
Leading the way for Swift on the Hot 100, ‘Anti-Hero’ launched at No 1, marking Swift’s ninth career leader. It’s lyrics, “It’s me/hi/I’m the problem/It’s me” have quickly become a TikTok trend. The other Top 10 songs include ‘Lavender Haze,’ “Maroon”, “Snow on the Beach” (featuring. Lana Del Ray), “Midnight Rain”, “Bejeweled” and “Question…?” The album was released in two formats: a conventional 13-track version and a deluxe version with seven bonus tracks. It is one of the biggest album launches in almost seven years.
Taylor Swift focused her album on the classic trope of midnight confession, using a conversational singing style to tell stories inspired by self-loathing, fantasizing about revenge and wondering what might have been. “This is a collection of music written in the middle of the night, a journey through terrors and sweet dreams,” Swift wrote in a promotional post on her Instagram (slide 2).
“The floors we pace and the demons we face. For all of us who have tossed and turned and decided to keep the lanterns lit and go searching — hoping that just maybe, when the clock strikes twelve… we’ll meet ourselves.”
With Midnights, Swift broke several records. It’s first week of sales were the highest of any album this year, nearly tripling those of ‘Harry’s House,’ Harry Styles’ third solo album, which had held the previous record. Midnights also had the greatest first-week streams of the year with 72.5M again surpassing Styles’ numbers of 53.9m.