Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ re-recording storms charts with record-breaking success

Taylor Swift 1989

LONDON: Renowned music sensation Taylor Swift has once again made her mark on the UK music scene by claiming the top spots on both the singles and albums charts with her re-recording of the critically acclaimed album 1989.

Swift’s 21-track masterpiece, 1989 (Taylor’s Version), was released exactly nine years after the original album’s debut in 2014 and has made an astounding entrance at No 1 on the Official Albums Chart.

According to the Official Charts Company, the album amassed a staggering “184,000 chart units,” more than doubling the opening-week sales of the original 1989, which recorded 90,000 sales.

Notably, thE remarkable achievement signifies the biggest opening week for any album this year, solidifying Taylor Swift’s status as a musical powerhouse. Her latest release not only outperformed the entire Top 10 combined but also secured her 11th UK No 1 album.

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The remarkable feat establishes Taylor Swift as the woman with the most No1 albums in the UK this century, as confirmed by the Official Charts Company. Furthermore, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) dominated vinyl charts.

The new album comes replete with five previously unreleased From the Vault tracks, including Is It Over Now?, which soared to the top of the Official Singles Chart with a remarkable 4.9 million streams.

Additionally, two other tracks from the album, Now That We Don’t Talk and Slut!, secured the No 2 and No 5 positions, respectively.

1989, Swift’s fifth album and home to hits like Shake It Off and Blank Space previously achieved chart-topping success worldwide and clinched several accolades, including Album of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Music Video for Bad Blood at the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Taylor Swift embarked on re-releasing her earlier works after relinquishing control of the master recordings of her first six albums when she parted ways with the Big Machine record label in 2019. This departure triggered a highly publicised feud with the label’s new owner, music executive Scooter Braun.

Scooter Braun eventually sold Swift’s master recordings to a private equity company in a deal valued at over $300 million, marking a significant chapter in the artist’s career.

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