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The US musician Taylor Swift (32) broke a new record with her new album “Midnights”: She was the first artist to ever occupy the top ten places on the US Billboard charts. This is reported by the magazine “Billboard”. All the places in the top ten are taken by songs from their new album, which was released on October 21st. The song “Anti-Hero” is number one.

Not only the number of singles sold flows into the American Billboard charts, but also, for example, the number of plays of a sound carrier on radio or a music video on television (airplay) and the number of views of music portals such as Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer or Amazon music on.

The success was therefore not entirely unexpected, as Taylor Swift has already set two new Spotify records with “Midnights”. The album was streamed more times than any previous album in one day, Spotify announced on Saturday. It also made the singer the most-streamed artist in one day in the history of the service. In the USA, the streaming service therefore came to a temporary standstill and the Spotify app no ​​longer worked.

Swift responded to the success on Twitter: “10 out of 10 in the Hot 100? With my 10th album?” She tweeted, writing that she was confused after the announcement. According to “Billboard”, the previous record holder was Canadian Drake, whose album “Certified Lover Boy” claimed nine of the top ten US chart positions in 2021.

In Germany there is currently still no such hype in the single charts. The song “Anti-Hero” is currently number 8 in the German charts. Singer Peter Fox feat. Inez with the song “Future Pink”. In the album charts, however, Swift ousted Helene Fischer’s “Rausch” from the top.

In general, the US star is also very well known and popular in Germany. But she has never had a number 1 in the German single charts. Her biggest single success was the song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker)” (2016), which she performed together with the well-known pop singer Zayn and the Reached number 2 in the German charts.

Born in December 1989 in a small town in Pennsylvania, Swift was already writing her own songs at the age of eleven. Recording giant Sony jumped at her lyrics when they had their lyrics on the table and hired her as their youngest-ever songwriter. Her first passion was country music, and her first album “Taylor Swift” was a notable success in 2006.

Two years later they wait with “Fearless”, the album won four Grammys, she became a country star. But one episode got her a lot of attention not only in the US but also in the world. In 2009, Taylor Swift was scheduled to receive the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, but her acceptance speech was interrupted by rapper Kanye West, now Ye, who felt soul singer Beyoncé deserved the award more.

In their next albums, they allowed more and more country niches and applied to pop. According to critics, the album Reputation (2017) finally made Taylor’s transition to a pop singer complete. In their songs, they openly address their conflicts with singer Katy Perry, Kanye West and influencer Kim Kardashian, as well as taking on the media, which Taylor often describes as a man-hungry singer who can only write songs about her exes. She is also emancipating herself in business: when she was 27, she had her music removed from all streaming providers in November 2014 to protest against advertising-financed offers. They devalued the music, they explained at the time. In 2017, she returns to Spotify and other services.

She rarely expresses herself politically, but during the riots after the violent death of African American George Floyd, she criticized US President Donald Trump very sharply and earlier than other US show stars. (with dpa)

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