Taylor Swift’s ’1989′ Tops Chart for ‘Fearless’ 11th Week

Marc Hogan

By Marc Hogan

Lead News Writer
on 02.11.15 in News

Taylor Swift‘s 1989 won’t be eligible for the Grammy Awards until 2016, but it continues to dwarf other Album of the Year candidates commercially.

The pop-country crossover royal’s latest has now spent 11 weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. That’s as many as Swift’s biggest-charting album to date, 2008′s Fearless. In the week that ended February 8, 1989 moved 108,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, and in 15 full weeks on the chart, the album has never fallen lower than No. 2.

A quick bit of Swift context. Last week, she became the first woman other than Whitney Houston to have more than one album spend 10-plus weeks in the top perch. Besides 1989 and Fearless, the only other albums since 2000 to notch that much time at No. 1 are the Frozen soundtrack (13 weeks) and Adele’s 21 (a staggering 24 weeks).

Beyond Swift, the big elephant in the room was Sunday’s Grammys, which, you may have noticed, took place the same day the charts closed. Billboard hasn’t yet  reported how well Beck’s Album of the Year-winning Morning Phase might’ve fared chart-wise on “music’s biggest night.” But the Recording Academy’s influence is clear and should be all the more evident next week.

The highest-ranked Grammy performer on the current list is Ed Sheeran, whose x slipped to No. 3 (97K) but saw a 32 percent equivalent-album gain for the week. The singer/songwriter-next-door took the Grammys stage for x‘s “Thinking Out Loud” (with Herbie Hancock, John Mayer and Questlove) and Jeff Lynne’s ELO (for “Mr Blue Sky”).

Sam Smith, who won four Grammys during the telecast and called it the best night of his life, saw that reflected his chart numbers, too. Though In the Lonely Hour stays  in place at No. 4, it experienced the Billboard 200′s biggest unit increase at 44 percent. He sang “Stay With Me” at the Grammys joined by the powerful Mary J. Blige.

Several new albums enter the top 10 on the latest chart in their first week of release. Leading the way is the Now That’s What I Call Music compilation, which, at 53, now has almost as many installments as the 57 annual Grammy ceremonies (No. 2, 99K units). R&B group Fifth Harmony’s debut album, Reflection, opens at No. 5 (80K). And Bob Dylan’s standards album, Shadows in the Night, starts at No. 7 (50K), though he gave another 50K to AARP The Magazine recipients. Arriving at No. 10 is Diana Krall’s Wallflower (44K), with covers of the Eagles, the Mamas & the Papas and Crowded House.

Rounding out the top 10 are Meghan Trainor’s Title (No. 6, 59K), Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint (No. 8, 48K) and Maroon 5′s V (No. 9, 47K — Maroon 5′s Adam Levine did perform with Gwen Stefani on the Grammys, which may partly explain a 10 percent increase in units shifted).

Meanwhile, Kanye West has said he’s working with Swift. She’ll release a video for 1989‘s “Style” on Friday, February 13.

Below, to mark Swift’s latest chart milestone, here’s “Fearless.”