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U.K. CHARTS: TAYLOR BEATS THE BEATLES 

Taylor Swift has claimed a U.K. chart record from The Beatles, scoring the fastest-ever accumulation of three #1 albums. Over on singles, Lil Nas X has a third week at #1.

With just over 21k in chart sales, Swift’s Fearless (Taylor’s Version) (EMI) is her third Official Albums Chart topper in the space of just 259 days, following folklore in July and evermore in December. 

Swift is the first solo artist to pull this off in under 12 months, thus seizing the record previously held by The Beatles for 54 years. The Fab Four notched a trio of chart-toppers in 364 days in 1965 and 1966: Help!, Rubber Soul and RevolverFearless (Taylor’s Version) is her seventh U.K. #1, putting Swift third among female artists with the most chart-topping albums (Madonna is #1 with 12; Kylie Minogue is #2 with eight).

In other news, Ariana Grande’s Positions (Island) rebounds 45 places this week to #4 following its release on vinyl, while DMX retrospective The Best Of (UMG) enters at #12 following his death.

On the U.K.’s Official Singles Chart, Lil Nas X holds onto the top spot with “MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)” (RCA) on 64k in sales, including 8.4m streams, the song’s biggest week of chart sales in the U.K. to date. “RAPSTAR” (Columbia) by Polo G is this week’s highest new entry at #3.

Elsewhere, Joel CorryRaye and David Guetta’s collaboration “BED” (Asylum) bounces to new heights at #4, while Tom Grennan’s “Little Bit of Love” (Insanity) is up two to a new peak of #8.

Dave’s new single, “Titanium” (NBR), debuts at #9. Doja Cat also makes a Top 10 debut, with “Kiss Me More” f/SZA (RCA) at #10.

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