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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Holds No. 1 Spot On Billboard 200 For Third Week

Taylor Swift made history with the release of her new album, Folklore.

The record debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200, making her the only artist ever to have seven albums sell half a million copies in a week. 

Furthermore, the record’s lead single “Cardigan” has now also debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200.

Swift is the first artist to ever debut at number one on both of these charts.

“Cardigan” sold 71,000 copies in its first week and was streamed 34 million times.

The track is Swift’s second song to debut at number one following 2014′s “Shake It Off.”

Folklore was the top selling album of 2020 with global sales of over 2 million worldwide and over half a billion total streams on audio and video in just one week.

The record is the biggest album debut by an artist since Swift released the award-winning Lover 11 months ago.

The album is her highest rated critically acclaimed record on Metacritic, currently ranked 96.5.

The Grammy winners album release came as a surprise.

“I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into,” she wrote on social media hours before its launch. “I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine.”

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Taylor Swift’s New Track ‘betty’ Has Fans Thinking She May Have Just Come Out | GO Magazine

Is Taylor Swift queer? The singer’s new album — and particularly one song titled “betty” — are making fans think that she may have just come out as bisexual.

The song follows a relationship that lasted through a summer — though not much longer. “I thought of you all summer long,” croons the track, which describes the regret over infidelity and how their relationship came to an end. While there’s no official break down of the song from Swift’s team, it seems pretty obvious that the song is from the point of view of a guy, named James (who is named in the song). Some are suggesting it’s part of a larger arc, with “cardigan” being from Betty’s point of view, “illicit affairs” being about the cheating and subsequent relationship breakdown, and “betty” being from the man’s perspective.

However, for LGBTQ+ fans of the singer, that explanation doesn’t fly. Instead, the queer girls are going crazy on social media over a theory that Swift isn’t singing as a man on ‘betty’ but as herself, meaning this is her (subtle) way of coming out.

 

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Swift put out the album as a surprise drop, announcing its release only hours before in an Instagram post. “folklore” is the artist’s eighth studio album, and Swift says she never thought it would be released during the pandemic.

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore,” wrote Swift in the caption of a recent Instagram post. “Surprise Tonight at midnight I’ll be releasing my entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into. I wrote and recorded this music in isolation but got to collaborate with some musical heroes of mine. … The times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed. My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world.”

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Taylor Swift new album: ‘Folklore,’ will drop at midnight

Surprise! Taylor Swift announces new album, ‘Folklore,’ will release at midnight

Hannah Yasharoff USA TODAY
Published 8:56 AM EDT Jul 23, 2020

Less than a year after the release of her album “Lover,” Taylor Swift surprised fans Thursday with an announcement that her eighth studio album, “Folklore,” will be released at midnight EDT. 

“Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen,” Swift, 30, wrote in a series of Instagram posts Thursday morning. “And that thing is my 8th studio album, folklore. Surprise”

Swift fans are used to the singer dropping clues up to months in advance about her next musical endeavor, but she did away with the long buildup this time. Instead, the hints took place over the course of less than 10 minutes Thursday morning, while Swift posted nine separate Instagram photos to create a mosaic image of herself isolated in the woods before the album reveal came.

The entire 16-song album was written “in isolation,” she said, describing it as a project she “poured all of my whims, dreams, fears, and musings into.”

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A music video for the song “Cardigan” will release at the same time. Amid coronavirus shutdowns in the United States, Swift noted that the “entire shoot was overseen by a medical inspector, everyone wore masks, stayed away from each other, and I even did my own hair, makeup, and styling.” 

Swift’s self-titled debut album was released nearly 14 years ago. Since then, fans have followed the singer from a country music newbie to a world-famous pop star, averaging about one album every two years. 

Her latest album, 2019’s “Lover,” ushered in a new era of calm for Swift, who had dealt with a tumultuous past few years with tabloid headlines, record label dramas and other personal challenges that played out on the public stage. Her teases for “Folklore” hint at a similarly quiet, zen vibe. 

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“Before this year I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect’ time, but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed,” Swift wrote. “My gut is telling me that if you make something you love, you should just put it out into the world. That’s the side of uncertainty I can get on board with.” 

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Kim Kardashian West Responds to Taylor Swift Over Old Kanye Video

Over the weekend, unseen footage from the 2016 call leaked online. In the call, Kanye tells Taylor about a song he’s working on — that he later released as “Famous” — with lyrics about Taylor. Swift seems nervous to hear what Kanye has to say … but calms down after he tells her the lyrics are simply, “I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex.”

At the time of the song’s release, Taylor’s rep allegedly told EW, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric.”

Clearly, Taylor’s message didn’t sit well with Kim … “@taylorswift13 has chosen to reignite an old exchange – that at this point in time feels very self-serving given the suffering millions of real victims are facing right now … because she continues to speak on it, I feel I’m left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying.”

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