Taylor Swift Returns To Country Radio With "Betty"

Lawrence Kim
August 4, 2020

Post-punk band Fontaines DC are on course to knock Taylor Swift from the top of the United Kingdom albums chart as well as claiming top spot here in Ireland. The entire album was made during the Covid-19 lockdown.

The 30-year-old singer debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Folklore and now it has been announced that the lead single "Cardigan" has debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.

With this recent accolade, Swift breaks fellow pop star Ariana Grande's record, Thank U, Next, which also held Spotify's previous record for the most-streamed album by a female artiste in the first 24 hours (70.2 million).

Of "Folklore's" first-week copies, 615,000 registered as full-album sales in either a digital or physical format, which makes the album 2020's biggest seller after just a week.

As well as topping the US Billboard chart, Folklore has reached the summit in the UK, Finland, Australia, Norway, New Zealand and Belgium. It marks her sixth Hot 100 chart-topper ever. Only seven other artists have had multiple songs debut at number one.

The Dublin band, who grace the cover of our current issue of Hot Press, are also battling The Coronas, our other double cover stars, for the top spot on the Official Irish Charts - with Fontaines D.C. now leading the race by 350 chart sales.

Taylor secured her seventh number one album in the USA on Sunday evening.

The album "feels fresh, forward-thinking and, most of all, honest", said the NME in a four-star review.

Variety magazine called it "a highly subdued but rich affair", although the New York Times said the 16-track album was occasionally "suffocating", with Dessner's production "like wet clothing tugging at Swift, slowing her down, sapping her vim".

Her two albums are only beaten by another of her own - Reputation, which was unveiled in 2017 and sold 1.24 million units.

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