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On the Charts: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Makes It 11 Weeks at Number One

Bob Dylan’s ‘Shadows in the Night’ opens at Number Seven before post-Grammy sales surge kicks in

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Taylor Swift's '1989' cannot be stopped on the charts, hitting Number One for the 11th week.

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One week after setting chart history by joining an elite club where only Whitney Houston was the only other female member, Taylor Swift continued her Billboard 200 reign as her 1989 stayed at Number One for an 11th non-consecutive week. Swift’s fifth LP sold another 108,000 units in its 15th week on the charts.

Since its release 15 weeks ago, 1989 has topped the charts 11 times and finished Number Two four times, according to Billboard. Even after nearly four months, Swift won’t drop out of the top two. Considering hers was the only album to sell over 100,000 copies last week, it doesn’t seem like she’ll be departing the upper echelon of the Billboard 200 anytime soon. Only four albums since 2000 have spent over 10 weeks at Number One: Adele’s 21, the Frozen soundtrack, and Swift’s Fearless and 1989.

As for this week’s debuts, Now 53 entered the charts at Number Two with 99,000 copies sold and Fifth Harmony’s Reflection bowed in at Number Five. Bob Dylan‘s Shadows in the Night, his collection of Frank Sinatra standards, debuted at Number Seven with 50,000 copies. That’s a vast improvement over Dylan’s last covers album Christmas in the Heart, which peaked at Number 23 on the Billboard 200 in 2009.

It’s important to note that, since the Grammys aired Sunday night, this week’s Billboard 200 only reflect the Monday of the post-Grammy sales surge. So even though Sam Smith dominated the awards show, picking up four awards including Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year, the singer’s In the Lonely Hour still just clung to the Number Four spot for the second straight week. However, the Grammy wins helped boost sales of Smith’s debut LP 44 percent over his pre-Grammy sales.

Next week’s Billboard 200 should serve as a better barometer for how Smith – and to that end, Beck‘s Morning Phase, the Album of the Year winner – sold following Music’s Biggest Night.

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