Rampaging Taylor Swift closes in on Beatles records

Taylor Swift moves to the top of the solo album rankings - Newsreel
Taylor's Swift's new album has elevated her to the top of the number one solo album rankings. | Photo: Image from The Tortured Poets Department album

Music powerhouse Taylor Swift is continuing to break chart records, moving to the top of the historic soloist number one album ranks.

Swift’s latest album, The Tortured Poets Department, became her 14th career number one album in the Billboard 200.

This brings her equal with Jay-Z for soloists at the top of the rankings, and only five short of The Beatles with 19.

The milestone came just months after she passed the legendary Elvis Presley to hold the most weeks in the Billboard number one slot of any solo artist (Swift 68 weeks, Elvis 67).

She still has a way to go to pass The Beatles, which held the number one position for an astonishing 132 weeks.

The list of artists with double-figure number one albums is small. As well as Swift, Jay-Z and the Beatles, Drake is on 13, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen and Barbra Streisand are all on 11 and Eminem has 10.

Swift current has 14 tracks on Billboard’s Hot 100 all from her latest album.

Billboard says The Tortured Poets Department also sold more vinyl records in a week than any album in at least 33 years and became the first to gain 300 million streams in a single day, and the fastest to reach one billion streams.

Swift’s album sold 2.61 million equivalent album units in its opening week, the second-biggest week since that measurement began in 2014, trailing only Adele’s 25 (3.482 million in December 2015).

The Beatles still top the number one album records - Newsreel
Despite the records being broken by Taylor Swift, The Beatles still have the most number one albums. | Photo: iStock