Taylor Swift’s re-recording of Fearless detonated to Number One on the latest Rolling Stone Top 200 Albums chart, crushing Morgan Wallen’s record for the biggest debut of 2021. Furthermore, that wasn’t the lone record she broke: With Fearless (Taylor’s Version), she likewise breaks the record for the most Number One albums in the chart’s history, with four.
On the whole, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) pulled in more than 290,000 album-equivalent units — 177,000 album sales and 136 million on-demand audio streams — which is about five times as many units as Justin Bieber’s Justice (Number Three) and Rod Wave’s SoulFly (Number Four).
Taylor Swift’s high-flying first week is even more remarkable thinking about that Fearless at first turned out in 2008 and has effectively been certified ten-times platinum by the RIAA — a large number of her fans already own these songs.
In any case, Taylor Swift doesn’t own the original album’s master recording, and she declared her expectation to record her own version of Fearless — alongside five of her different albums — in 2019.
The new set contains 26 tracks, including six beforehand unreleased songs “from the vault.” While Fearless (Taylor’s Version) romped to Number One, Taylor Swift likewise delighted in two other albums in the Top 40 — Folklore and Evermore — and another pair in the Top 100.
Another universal presence on the current week’s RS 200 was DMX: Fans ran to his albums after the rapper died recently at age 50. It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot, initially released in 1998, leaped to Number Eight with 31.8 million streams.
Furthermore, The Best of DMX moved to Number 11 (21.5 million streams), And Then There Was X move to Number 17 (21.1 million), and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood showed up at Number 37 (15.9 million).
The Rolling Stone 200 Albums chart tracks the most popular releases of the week in the United States. Entries are ranked by album units, a number that consolidates digital and physical album sales, digital song sales, and audio streams utilizing a custom weighting system.
The chart does exclude passive listening like terrestrial radio or digital radio. The RS 200 Albums chart is updated daily, and every week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day time frame finishing with the previous Thursday.
The biggest debut for a new album that was certifiably not a re-recording of an oldie belonged to Brockhampton. Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine got 17.3 million streams, great to show up at Number 18. Luke Bryan’s Born Here Live Here Die Here leaped to Number 26 after the release of a deluxe version with six new songs.