Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ Fifth Album Ever to Stay in Billboard 200 Top 10 for a Year
Taylor Swift’s 1989 was not only the star's first fully pop record, but her first to achieve something only four other artists have done. Swift joined the ranks of some of music’s biggest stars when the record officially crossed the one-year mark for having remained in the Billboard 200’s Top 10. The all-genre chart is an honor to top, which 1989 did for 11 non-consecutive weeks, but to remain in the Top 10 for its entire first year is nothing short of an iconic accomplishment. The other four albums to achieve this honor are Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA (1984), Adele’s 21 (2011), Celine Dion’s Falling Into You (1996) and Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours (1977). 1989 was released Oct. 27, 2014, debuting at No. 1 and becoming the best-selling album of last year, despite having been released just over two months before the ball dropped to ring in 2015. It was one of only four albums to be certified platinum in 2014 — Jason Aldean’s Old Boots, New Dirt and Eric Church’s The Outsiders included on that list. The RIAA honor indicates sales of at least one million units, which has become an increasingly difficult feat in the digital age. Swift was a point of discussion earlier this year when she did not allow 1989 to be streamed via Spotify, citing unfair royalties for artists. She also planned to withhold the record from Apple Music, but the new streaming service changed its policy (and therefore, Swift's mind) on the free trial, allowing artists to collect royalties during the first three months a consumer uses the service. The 1989 album has produced several hits over the last 12 months, not to mention a wildly successful world tour that has featured everyone from Mick Jagger and Idina Menzel to Bentley and Miranda Lambert. Swift's global tour wraps up this December in Australia.
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