The re-recording also launches at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, making Swift the first woman ever to debut atop the tally with a single with no accompanying artists. She’s also the first artist with leaders on the list in the 2000s, ’10s and ’20s. The song is her eighth No. 1 on the chart and first since “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” in 2012-13.
The original “Love Story” was released from Swift’s second LP, 2008’s Fearless. The new version is from her forthcoming re-recording of the album, Fearless (Taylor’s Version). (Re-recordings of older songs or albums are treated separately from their originals, with independent chart histories for each version.)
Also boosting Swift on the Artist 100, her single “Willow” rises 29-25 on the Hot 100, after it debuted at No. 1 in December, and she boasts eight albums on the Billboard 200. Evermore (which houses “Willow”) ranks at No. 6, followed by Folklore (No. 15), Lover (No. 32), 1989 (No. 60), Fearless (No. 63), Red (No. 97), Reputation (No. 119) and Speak Now (No. 121).
After Swift’s 46 weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, Drake has totaled 31, followed by The Weeknd (20) and BTS and Ariana Grande (15 each).
The Artist 100, which launched in 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
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Source: News | Billboard