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Taylor Swift sets impressive record with ‘Lover’ as new album debuts atop Billboard chart


Taylor Swift's new album "Lover" debuted atop the Billboard chart. (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV)

People sure love “Lover.”

The critically acclaimed new album by Taylor Swift made its debut atop the Billboard 200 chart and catapulted the pop superstar to an impressive new stratosphere.

“Lover,” which released on Aug. 23, became Swift’s sixth album to sell at least 500,000 copies in one week, making her the first female artist to accomplish that feat, according to Billboard. The only artist to hit that mark before Swift is Eminem.

Swift’s latest studio album ? her seventh overall ? tallied 679,000 album sales. Couple that with streaming numbers and the purchases of singles and “Lover” recorded a whopping 879,000 album-equivalent units in its first week.

It’s the best-selling first week for an album since the last one Swift put out, 2017's “Reputation,” which sold 1.216 million copies in its opening week.

“Lover” is also the sixth No. 1 album overall for Swift, and her fifth this decade.

In the weeks leading up to the release of “Lover,” Swift dropped singles including “You Need to Calm Down,” “The Archer” and “Me!”

She performed for the first time since releasing the album last week at the MTV Video Music Awards, where she sang “You Need to Calm Down” and the titular single “Lover.”

Swift won the award for video of the year at the VMAs shortly after she performed the hit there.