Taylor Swift secured the coveted double chart dominance for a second week in a row.
The pop megastar’s tenth studio album Midnights and debut 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.
Swift’s electronic style album became the best-selling album of the year so far, overtaking chart-topping Harry’s House, which previously held the 2022 title, 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 released consecutively: 2012’s Red, 2014 release 1989, 2017’s Reputation, 2019’s Lover, 2020’s Folklore, 2020’s Evermore and the re-recordings Fearless (Taylor’s Version) and Red (Taylor’s Version) , both released in 2021.
The Beatles hold the overall record, racking up nine highs in five years and seven months.
Its success ends the Arctic Monkeys’ six-album number one streak in the UK and their new seventh studio album, The Car, rose 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 producer Fred again… earns his first-ever top-five album with Actual Life 3.
Elsewhere on the UK singles chart, Swift remained at the top with Anti-Hero, which has been streamed over seven million times this week.
She becomes the second artist of 2022 to extend her reign over albums and singles in 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 soundtrack single from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Lift Me Up.
It is the Barbadian artist’s highest-charting solo single on the official chart in a decade, since Diamonds topped the charts in 2012.
Kim Petras and Sam Smith’s Unholy remains at number two on the singles chart while Lewis Capaldi’s former number one Forget Me climbs back into the top five at number four.
EDM anthem Miss You by Oliver Tree and Robin Schulz jumps to fifth place.
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 kicks off March 18 in Glendale, Arizona, with no international dates scheduled yet.
After its release, Midnights recorded 204,000 chart sales in seven days, more than doubling Swift’s previous personal best of 90,300, which she achieved with her 1989 album, released in 2014.
It earned the biggest first week of album sales since the release of Adele’s 30 last November and won the title for most-streamed album of the year in its opening week, with 72.5 million flow 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 spots on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart following the release of her latest album.
The previous record was held by American rapper Drake, who had nine top 10 songs on the list for one week in September 2021.