Taylor Swift has garnered a total of 12 new certifications from the RIAA. Among them, her critically-acclaimed, 5 star 2020 album, folkore, has achieved gold and platinum status.
Folklore arrived this summer to widespread acclaim and audience excitement. It became the top-selling record of 2020 worldwide and is the only album this year to cross 1 million albums in pure sales in the U.S. Swift notably completed “the longest consecutive run at No.1 since 2016” with six straight weeks atop the Billboard 200.
Additionally, folklore returns to No. 1 this week on the Billboard 200 chart, marking eight nonconsecutive weeks atop the chart. What’s more Taylor has achieved 48 cumulative weeks at No. 1 across all of her chart-topping albums which marks a record amongst women.
Other RIAA certifications include “You Need To Calm Down” minted triple-platinum, platinum, and gold, “The Man” certified gold and platinum, and “Me” [feat. Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco] now double-platinum. Additionally, the single “Lover” picked up gold, platinum, and double-platinum certifications.
Taylor Swift stands out as the only artist to have seven albums each sell at least 500,000 copies in a single week (Fearless, Speak Now, RED, 1989, reputation, Lover and folklore). Plus, she remains the first and only female artist in the 21st century to score five No.1 studio albums in the UK.
Last week, Swift also announced she is auctioning off the guitar she recently performed “Betty” with at the Academy of Country Music Awards in an effort to raise funds for COVID-19 relief.
The black 2018 Gibson acoustic guitar has been personally inscribed and dated by Swift, and is estimated to go for anywhere up to $40,000 USD. The guitar also comes with a case, strap and five personalised Taylor Swift guitar picks, including one commemorating her 2017 album reputation and the other four commemorating her 2019 album Lover.
Swift’s guitar is being submitted for the currently on-going online auction, titled ‘NASHVILLE: An Auction To Benefit ACM Lifting Lives COVID-19 Response Fund’. Another new addition to the auction that arrives today is the semi-hollow Gibson guitar Bradley Cooper used alongside Lady Gaga during the rehearsals for and filming of 2018’s A Star Is Born.