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NYT: Taylor Swift Spends a Fourth Week at No. 1 Thanks to Full Album Sales
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Frank Forman
2020-09-03 00:51:47 UTC
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NYT: Taylor Swift Spends a Fourth Week at No. 1 Thanks to Full Album Sales
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/24/arts/music/taylor-swift-folklore-billboard.html

By Ben Sisario

Rappers, your streaming numbers may be gigantic, but when it comes
to the Billboard album chart they are no match for an autographed
Taylor Swift CD placed on the counter of an indie record store.

Swift's latest album, "Folklore," is No. 1 for a fourth time with
the equivalent of 101,000 sales in the United States, according to
Nielsen Music. It is the first album by a woman to spend its debut
month in the top spot since Adele's "25" at the end of 2015.

In its fourth week out, "Folklore" had relatively modest streaming
numbers--70 million clicks--that were easily bested by Pop
Smoke's "Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon" (123 million) and
Juice WRLD's "Legends Never Die" (117 million), two posthumous
albums by young rap stars.

But "Folklore" trounced those albums with its sales as a complete
package, which carry much greater weight in Billboard's chart
formula. "Folklore" had 46,000 sales as a full album, while "Shoot
for the Stars" had just 2,000 and landed at No. 2, and "Legends
Never Die" sold 3,000 copies and is No. 3 (the deciding factor there
was streaming numbers).

When releasing "Folklore," Swift seemed to have pulled out all the
stops by selling 17 physical versions of her album, including
colored vinyl and variant artwork, which she initially sold only
through her website. But when it came to Week 4, Swift still had one
more ace to play: sending signed copies of the CD to small (and
grateful) record shops around the country, which, naturally, sold
them out instantly.

In its four weeks on sale, "Folklore" has had the equivalent of 1.2
million sales, including 758,000 copies sold as a full album.

Also this week, the Memphis rapper Young Dolph opens at No. 4 with
"Rich Slave," and the Broadway cast album of "Hamilton" is No. 5.
Frank Berger
2020-09-03 01:18:34 UTC
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NYT: Taylor Swift Spends a Fourth Week at No. 1 Thanks to
Full Album Sales
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/24/arts/music/taylor-swift-folklore-billboard.html
By Ben Sisario
Rappers, your streaming numbers may be gigantic, but when it
comes
to the Billboard album chart they are no match for an
autographed
Taylor Swift CD placed on the counter of an indie record store.
Swift's latest album, "Folklore," is No. 1 for a fourth time
with
the equivalent of 101,000 sales in the United States,
according to
Nielsen Music. It is the first album by a woman to spend its
debut
month in the top spot since Adele's "25" at the end of 2015.
In its fourth week out, "Folklore" had relatively modest
streaming
numbers--70 million clicks--that were easily bested by Pop
Smoke's "Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon" (123 million)
and
Juice WRLD's "Legends Never Die" (117 million), two posthumous
albums by young rap stars.
But "Folklore" trounced those albums with its sales as a
complete
package, which carry much greater weight in Billboard's chart
formula. "Folklore" had 46,000 sales as a full album, while
"Shoot
for the Stars" had just 2,000 and landed at No. 2, and "Legends
Never Die" sold 3,000 copies and is No. 3 (the deciding
factor there
was streaming numbers).
When releasing "Folklore," Swift seemed to have pulled out
all the
stops by selling 17 physical versions of her album, including
colored vinyl and variant artwork, which she initially sold
only
through her website. But when it came to Week 4, Swift still
had one
more ace to play: sending signed copies of the CD to small (and
grateful) record shops around the country, which, naturally,
sold
them out instantly.
In its four weeks on sale, "Folklore" has had the equivalent
of 1.2
million sales, including 758,000 copies sold as a full album.
Also this week, the Memphis rapper Young Dolph opens at No.
4 with
"Rich Slave," and the Broadway cast album of "Hamilton" is
No. 5.
You apparently posted this to the wrong newsgroup.
Andy Evans
2020-09-07 12:56:43 UTC
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You apparently posted this to the wrong newsgroup.
If she were German and called Schneider Schnell she might pass herself off as an obscure composer.....
Frank Berger
2020-09-07 13:10:50 UTC
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You apparently posted this to the wrong newsgroup.
If she were German and called Schneider Schnell she might pass herself off as an obscure composer.....
I think she'd get a kick out of being called Schneider
Schnell. It has a ring to it.

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