Rihanna isn’t the only female leader of the digital era to see her name penciled in history books this week (as we reported here).
As critics continue to write this generation’s music off as “microwaveable” and “forgettable,” artists like Rih, Beyonce, Adele, Lana Del Rey, and Taylor Swift have taken turns delivering albums that not only heavily impacted charts during their respective primes but also have exhibited some serious staying power.
While Del Rey made history last year when her LP, ‘Born To Die,’ joined Adele‘s ’21’ as two of the only three female albums in history to have logged over 300 weeks each on the Billboard 200 (Carole King‘s 1971-released ‘Tapestry’ being the third), this week sees Swift become the first female artist in history to see not one, not two, but THREE of her titles reach the 25o week mark on the same tally.
Released October 27, 2014, Swift’s ‘1989’ birthed the hits ‘Shake It Off,’ ‘Blank Space,’ ‘Style,’ ‘Bad Blood,’ ‘Wildest Dreams,’ and more. Currently certified 9x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the project thrust the Grammy winner into the stratosphere of superstardom upon its release, leaving behind any doubts of her transition from Country princess to full on Pop maven.
In addition to birthing the top performing Hot 100 hits of her career to date, the LP – at #132 on this week’s Billboard 200 – is now her third album to meet the 250 week marker on the latter tally. Already in history books for being the only female artist with two titles to meet or pass the threshold, the accomplishment makes her the first and only diva ever to have three numbers to do so.
Longest-charting female albums of all time on the Billboard 200 (as of time reported):
#1. Adele’s ’21’ — 432 Weeks
#2. Lana Del Rey’s ‘Born To Die’ — 327 Weeks
#3. Carole King’s ‘Tapestry’ — 318 Weeks
#4. Taylor Swift’s self-titled debut — 275 Weeks
#5. Taylor Swift’s ‘Fearless’ — 255 Weeks
#6. Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ — 250 Weeks