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MERCURY ORBITS AJR
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MUSIC BIZ SPECIAL
It's Comic-Con for numbers geeks.
THE BIG CHEESE
Theories of evolution from 30,000 feet.
THE NEXT GIANT DEAL
A&R in overdrive.
Blighty Beat
U.K. CHARTS: SWIFT SCORES EIGHTH #1
11/19/21

Taylor Swift has secured her eighth U.K. Official Albums #1 with Red (Taylor’s Version) (EMI) on 72k sales. Over on singles, Adele triumphs for a fifth week.

Red (Taylor’s Version) has overtaken Olivia Rodrigo’s SOUR (Polydor) to claim the biggest sales week for a female artist this year. The set surpasses the first week sales of the original Red album, which debuted at #1 in November 2012 on 62k.

Swift now matches Kylie Minogue for solo artists with eight Official U.K. #1 albums; the only female artist to have more is Madonna with 12. Swift is also the first and only female artist to have eight U.K. #1 albums this century.

Little Mix finish at #4 with their greatest hits collection, Between Us (Columbia), and Rod Stewart’s The Tears of Hercules (East West/Rhino) is also new at #5.

Idles score their third Top 10 with Crawler (Partisan) at #6, followed closely by Damon Albarn’s The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows (Transgressive) at #7.

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