Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’ Extends Reign Atop Australia’s Albums Chart

Taylor Swift isn’t giving up her chart crown in Australia this week.

The U.S. pop superstar’s lockdown album Evermore locks onto top spot on the ARIA Albums Chart for a fourth successive cycle.

Evermore now equals the run at No. 1 by Swift’s previous album, Folklore. Just one album from her catalog has logged more time at the top, 1989, with a total of nine weeks.

Swift’s presence is felt up and down the current chart, which also features Folklore (down 4-7), 1989 (up 48-31) and Lover (up 39-34).

In a result that mirrors the top tier of the U.K. tally, Evermore is followed on the ARIA Chart by Harry Styles Fine Line, which improves 5-2 for its 52nd week in the Top Ten.

Fine Line, the current leader on the ARIA Vinyl Albums Chart, gets a push thanks to the viral video for “Treat People with Kindness” featuring Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Meanwhile, The Kid LAROI is back in the high life as the deluxe edition of his debut mixtape F*ck Love (Savage) rises 6-3, equaling its chart peak. It’s a third time at No. 3 for F*ck Love. The rising, Australian-born and raised rapper earned three nominations at the 2020 ARIA Awards.

In a rare sight, no new releases impact the ARIA Albums Chart this week.

It’s an unchanged Top 3 on the ARIA Singles Chart, which is led by 24kGoldn featuring Iann Dior’s “Mood,” as it clocks up week 11 at No. 1.

The Kid LAROI’s “Without You” and Joel Corry and MNEK’s “Head & Heart” complete the podium, while Justin Bieber has the week’s highest new entry with “Anyone,” new at No. 5.

Finally, record-smashing Aussie singer and songwriter Tones And I has a third Top 10 single as “Fly Away” lifts 11-8. The four-time ARIA Award-winner previously ruled the chart for a record 24 weeks with “Dance Monkey” and peaked at No. 7 with “Never Seen The Rain.”

Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’ Returns to U.K. Chart Summit

Taylor Swift reclaims the crown as Evermore (EMI) returns to No. on the U.K. albums chart.

Following its surprise release last December, Swift’s lockdown LP bowed at No. 1 on the U.K. survey, and is her sixth title to hit the top.

Evermore climbs 2-1 on the current frame, and should continue to fly high on the Official U.K. Albums Chart following the digital release a deluxe edition with two new songs, “Right Where You Left Me” and “It’s Time To Go.”

Harry StylesFine Line (Columbia) was one of the U.K.’s most popular albums in 2020, though it has never reached No. 1 on the weekly chart. It’s inching closer to breaking the spell, rising 10-2, a new high, following the release of buzzy new video for “Treat People With Kindness.”

Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent (EMI), the U.K.’s biggest album for two years straight, according to the OCC, returns to the Top 10 in its 86th week on the survey. This week, Divinely Uninspired rises 12-6.

Meanwhile, Sydney-based, Los Angeles-based hip-hop artist The Kid LAROI enjoys his first Top 10 as debut mixtape F**k Love (Columbia) lifts 22-10.

The rising, ARIA Award-nominated artist gets a boost from his hit “Without You,” up 26-7 on the national singles chart, a new peak, and his latest track “So Done,” which is new at No. 40.

Over on the Official U.K. Singles Chart, Little Mix wins the race to as “Sweet Melody” (RCA) climbs 9-1 for its first stint at the summit.

It’s the girl group’s fifth U.K. No. 1 single, their first since 2016’s “Shout Out To My Ex” and the first since the departure last month of founding member Jesy Nelson.

“Sweet Melody” outpaces Ed Sheeran’s “Afterglow” (Asylum), up 13-2, and CJ’s “Whoopty” (Equity Distribution), up 14-3, while Justin Bieber bags the week’s highest new entry with “Anyone” (Def Jam). It’s new at No. 4, for the Canadian pop star’s 24th U.K. Top 10 hit.

Lana Del Rey Unveils ‘Chemtrails Over the Country Club’ Track List & Cover Art

Lana Del Rey has shared the track list and cover art for her new album Chemtrails Over the Country Club.

A preview posted on social media Sunday night (Jan. 10) culminates with the announcement that the set’s title track is only a day away, “coming Jan. 11.”

“Let Me Love You Like a Woman” was released as the album’s first taste, back in October.

The upcoming Chemtrails Over the Country Club album was previously described by Del Rey as “folky, it’s beautiful, it’s super different from Norman [F—ing Rockwell].”

See the Chemtrails Over the Country Club track list and cover, which she noted features “my best friends” in a lengthy comment on Instagram, below.

Lana Del Rey’s Chemtrails Over the Country Club Track List:

1. “White Dress”
2. “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”
3. “Tulsa Jesus Freak”
4. “Let Me Love You Like a Woman”
5. “Wild at Heart”
6. “Dark But Just a Game”
7. “Not All Who Wander Are Lost”
8. “Yosemite”
9. “Breaking Up Slowly”
10. “Dance Till We Die”
11. “For Free”

Taylor Swift Is So Proud of Her ‘Baby’ Olivia Rodrigo for ‘Drivers License’

Olivia Rodrigo’s debut single, “Drivers License,” has gotten a co-sign from Taylor Swift.

The singer and actress found her song right below Swift’s new deluxe Evermore tracks on the iTunes chart and understandably got emotional about it on Friday (Jan. 8).

“next to taylor on the us i tunes chart i’m in a puddle of tears,” she wrote on Instagram.

And then Swift herself commented on Rodrigo’s post: “I say that’s my baby and I’m really proud.” (The choice of words is an oft-used phrase on memes made by Swifties quoting Swift’s own mom, Andrea, from an old interview clip.)

“what is breathing,” Rodrigo added in another post, an adorable reaction to Swift’s comment.

Swift’s words of encouragement show that she’s had Rodrigo on her radar for at least a few weeks. Her comment seems to be a wink to another post from the “Drivers License” singer’s account: on Swift’s Dec. 13 birthday, Rodrigo celebrated with a photo of the pop star holding many Grammys and the note “happy birthday mom.”

See Rodrigo’s reaction to Swift’s praise on Instagram, and watch the “Drivers License” music video below.

Taylor Swift Ties Michael Jackson for Fourth-Most Weeks at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

As Taylor Swift’s Evermore returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated Jan. 16) for a third nonconsecutive week (up from No. 2 a week ago), the superstar now has a cumulative 51 weeks at No. 1 across all eight of her chart-toping albums. That ties Michael Jackson for the fourth-most weeks at No. 1. The two superstars only trail The Beatles (a record 132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67) and Garth Brooks (52).

Evermore, now in its fourth week on the chart, spent its first two weeks atop the list (charts dated Dec. 26, 2020, and Jan. 2, 2021), before stepping aside to No. 2 for a week (Jan. 9 chart) when Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red bowed at No. 1.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Jan. 16, 2021-dated chart (where Evermore returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Jan. 12. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram. 

Here’s a look at the acts with at least 40 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, since March 25, 1956, when the chart began publishing on a regular basis:

The Beatles, 132
Elvis Presley, 67
Garth Brooks, 52
Michael Jackson, 51
Taylor Swift, 51
Whitney Houston, 46
The Kingston Trio, 46

The Beatles also continue to have a record 19 No. 1 albums. The band was last No. 1 in 2000-01 with the greatest hits set 1, which spent eight weeks atop the list.

Presley, who died in 1977, has a total of 10 chart-toppers, and was last at No. 1 in 2002 with the best-of set Elv1s: 30 #1 Hits, which snared three weeks at No. 1.

Brooks has nine leaders, and was last in the pole position in 2013 for one week with the boxed set Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences.

Jackson has six No. 1s, with the bulk of his 51 weeks at No. 1 generated by the 37-week reign of Thriller in 1983-84. Jackson was last at No. 1 with the soundtrack to Michael Jackson’s This Is It in 2009 (for one week). It was released a few months after his death earlier that year.

Seven of Swift’s eight No. 1 albums have spent more than a week at No. 1: Fearless (11, 2008-09), Speak Now (six, 2010-11), Red (seven, 2012-13), 1989 (11, 2014-15), Reputation (four, 2017-18), Folklore (eight, 2020) and Evermore (three, so far; 2020-21). Her only album to log just a solitary week in charge was 2019’s Lover.

Houston has four No. 1s, with three of them each logging at least 11 weeks in the lead (her self-titled debut, with 14 in 1986; Whitney, with 11 in 1987; The Bodyguard soundtrack, with 20 in 1992-93). She was last No. 1 in 2009 (for one week) with her final studio album released before her death in 2012, I Look To You.

The Kingston Trio logged all five of its No. 1s between 1958 and 1960. The group was last No. 1 on Dec. 26, 1960 with String Along.

Taylor Swift’s ‘Evermore’ Back at No. 1 for Third Week on Billboard 200 Chart

Taylor Swift’s Evermore skips back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart (dated Jan. 16) for a third nonconsecutive week, up from No. 2 a week ago. The album earned 56,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 7 (down 22%), according to MRC Data.

The album, now in its fourth week on the chart, spent its first two weeks atop the list (charts dated Dec. 26, 2020, and Jan. 2, 2021), before stepping aside to No. 2 for a week (Jan. 9 chart) when Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red bowed at No. 1.

With Evermore’s third week in the lead, Swift now has a cumulative 51 weeks at No. 1 across all eight of her chart-topping albums. That ties Michael Jackson for the fourth-most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s 65-year history. The two superstars only trail The Beatles (a record 132 weeks), Elvis Presley (67) and Garth Brooks (52).

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new Jan. 16, 2021-dated chart (where Evermore returns to No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard’s website on Jan. 12. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both Twitter and Instagram.

Of Evermore’s 56,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Jan. 7, SEA units comprise 38,000 (equaling 50.43 million on-demand streams of the album’s songs), album sales comprise 16,000 and TEA units comprise 2,000.

Though Evermore had a 22% decline in units, that slide was tempered by the release of a deluxe edition of the album on Thursday, Jan. 7, the final day of chart’s tracking week. The new edition boasts two additional songs. (All versions of the album are combined for tracking purposes.)

Evermore captures the smallest unit total for a No. 1 album in nearly two years, since A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN was No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 16, 2019, with just 47,000 units. (The top of the chart can sometimes be a bit light in units at the start of the year, as few new albums are released in January. On the new chart, for example, there are no debuts within the top 100, and a week ago, there was just one debut on the entire list: Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red at No. 1.)

Lil Durk’s The Voice climbs 3-2 in its third week on the list, a new peak, with 48,000 equivalent album units earned (down 28%). The Voice matches Lil Durk’s career-high on the list, as his last release, Just Cause Y’all Waited 2 peaked at No. 2 on the July 11, 2020-dated chart.

The Voice debuted at No. 46 on the chart dated Jan. 2, following just one day of activity, as the album was released on Thursday, Dec. 24 (the final day of the Jan. 2 chart’s tracking week). It then surged to No. 3 in its first full chart tracking week.

A trio of former No. 1s are next, as Pop Smoke’s Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon rises 4-3 with 44,000 equivalent album units (down 3%), Ariana Grande’s Positions climbs 5-4 with 35,000 units (down 8%) and Playboi Carti’s Whole Lotta Red falls 1-5 in its second week with 33,000 units (down 66%). Megan Thee Stallion’s Good News bumps 7-6 with just over 32,000 units earned (down 4%).

The rest of the top 10 comprises former chart-toppers: Luke CombsWhat You See Is What You Get ascends 8-7 (32,000 equivalent album units earned; down 4%), Bad Bunny’s El Ultimo Tour del Mundo moves 9-8 (31,000; down 7%), Juice WRLD’s Legends Never Die jumps 11-9 (30,000; down 4%) and Lil Baby’s My Turn hops 13-10 (29,000; down 2%).

Livestreams & Virtual Concerts to Watch: Week of January 11

Musicians are making their way back to livestream shows after the holidays, but the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc — even on virtual events you were expecting to enjoy from home.

Not only was the Ashanti and Keyshia Cole Verzuz battle postponed again on Jan. 9, but 311 also hit pause on the live set that was supposed to feature their eponymous release (aka the Blue Album), originally scheduled for Monday.

But not all is lost for the week of Jan. 11-17. Country star Morgan Wallen is celebrating the release of Dangerous: The Double Album with a set on Jan. 12, while Jimmy Eat World are playing their first live show in a year when they hit the stage to play Surviving (how apt!) in its entirety on Jan. 15.

See below what other livestreams and virtual events you can check out this week, and come back for more as we update this list as more events are announced.


Jan. 11: Jeff Tweedy’s “The Tweedy” show continues on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on Instagram.

Jan. 12: Morgan Wallen is celebrating the release of his sophomore album, Dangerous: The Double Album, with a livestream from Nashville’s The Ryman. The free show begins at 9 p.m. ET and streams on his Facebook and and YouTube channel.

O.A.R.’s Marc Roberge will be performing with special guests. The show begins at 8 p.m. ET.

Jan. 15: Jimmy Eat World are playing their first show in more than a year. For the set, the band will play the entirety of their 2019 album Surviving. The show is the first of three of the Phoenix Sessions series, with the latter two coming Jan. 29 and Feb. 12. The show begins at 5 p.m. ET; tickets start at $14.99.

Rufus Wainwright, who is playing all nine of his albums over the course of 18 shows, is playing the second half of his show for 2007’s Release the Stars as part of his series A Rufus-Retro-Wainwright-Spective. The show begins at 5 p.m. ET; tickets are $20.