Taylor Swift has secured the coveted double chart dominance for a second consecutive week.
The pop megastar’s 10th studio album Midnights and its lead single Anti-Hero both stayed at number one.
She faced competition from The Beatles at number two this week with a reissue of Revolver, which stayed at number one for seven consecutive weeks in 1966.
Success: Taylor Swift has secured coveted double chart dominance for a second consecutive week (pictured in August)
Swift’s electronic-style album has become the fastest-selling album of the year so far, overtaking Harry Styles’ chart-topping Harry’s House, which previously held the title for 2022, according to the Official Charts Company.
The 32-year-old artist overtook Madonna to set a new official record by achieving the fastest succession of nine UK number one albums by any female artist.
Midnights follows Swift’s previous eight UK chart-topping albums, all achieved consecutively: 2012’s Red, 2014’s release 1989, 2017’s Reputation, 2019’s Lover, 2020’s Folklore, 2020’s Evermore’s and Re-Recordings (Taylor Version) released in 2021.
Music magic: The pop megastar’s 10th studio album Midnights and her lead single Anti-Hero both stayed at number one (pictured in September)
The Beatles hold the overall record, amassing nine chart-toppers in five years and seven months.
Their success ends Arctic Monkeys’ streak of six UK number one albums and their new seventh studio album, The Car, slipped from number two last week to number five this week.
This week’s highest new entry comes from Michael Ball and Alfie Boe with Together In Vegas, reaching number three, and at number four, London-born producer Fred again.
Amazing: The 32-year-old singer-songwriter previously secured double chart dominance with the album and its lead single Anti-hero both landing at number one last month
Elsewhere in the UK singles chart, Swift remained at the top with Anti-Hero, which was streamed more than seven million times this week.
She becomes the second artist of 2022 to extend her reign on both the albums and singles charts to a second week, following Harry Styles’s Harry’s House and As It Was.
Rihanna is a new entry at number three with her first top-five single in five years, the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever soundtrack single Lift Me Up.
It marks the Barbadian artist’s highest-placed solo single on the Official Chart in a decade, since 2012’s chart-topping Diamonds.
Unholy by Kim Petras and Sam Smith remains at number two on the singles chart, while Lewis Capaldi’s former number one Forget Me returns to the top five at number four.
EDM anthem Miss You by Oliver Tree and Robin Schulz jumps to reach number five.
Taylor Swift The Eras Tour, a journey through the musical eras of her career, was announced earlier this week.
The US leg of the tour will kick off on March 18th in Glendale, Arizona, with no international dates yet scheduled.
Upon release, Midnights racked up 204,000 chart sales in seven days, more than doubling Taylor’s previous personal best of 90,300, which she achieved with her album 1989, released in 2014.
It claimed the biggest first week of album sales since Adele’s 30 was released last November and takes the title of the year’s most streamed album in its opening week, with 72.5 million streams over the seven days.
Shortly after its release, Midnights also broke the Spotify record for most streamed album in one day.
Swift also became the first artist to claim the top 10 slots on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of her latest album.
The previous record was held by the American rapper Drake, who in September 2021 had nine of the top 10 songs on the chart.
Sensational: The pop superstar’s album became the fastest-selling album of the year so far, reaching 204,000 chart sales in just seven days, more than doubling her previous personal best of 90,300 with album 1989, in 2014