Taylor Swift Breaks Beatles’ UK Chart Record With ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version)’
The record for fastest accumulation of three No. 1 albums on the UK Official Albums Chart was previously held by The Beatles for 54 years.
Taylor Swift’s first full album release in her series of re-recordings, Fearless (Taylor’s Version) has debuted at No.1 on the UK Official Albums Chart, becoming her third album to do so in under a year, joining 2020’s Folklore and Evermore. The feat sees Swift set a new all-time record for the fastest accumulation of three No.1 albums ever, previously held by The Beatles for 54 years.
Between 1965 and 1966, The Beatles released Help!, Rubber Soul, and Revolver, all of which reached the top of the chart. While their record-setting streak spanned 364 days, just under a full year, Swift has become the first solo artist in history to achieve the feat in just 259 days.
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is her seventh UK No.1 album, joining Evermore, Folklore, Lover, Reputation, 1989, and Red. The original 2008 recording of Fearless peaked at No. 5 on the chart.
The singer currently has seven albums in the UK Top 200 this week: Folklore (No 37), Evermore (38), 1989 (43), Lover (66), Red (127), and Reputation (128).
Swift announced that Fearless would be the first of her re-recorded albums to be released back in February with the offering of “Love Story (Taylor’s Version)” ahead of its release. The album arrived on April 9 with 26 songs, including six never before heard from the vault songs – including the bouncing “Mr. Perfectly Fine.”
“Fearless was an album full of magic and curiosity, the bliss and devastation of youth,” Swift wrote in the album announcement. “It was the diary of adventures and explorations of a teenage girl who was learning tiny lessons with each new crack in the facade of the fairytale ending she’d been shown in the movies.”
Fearless (Taylor’s Version) maintains the wistful nature of the original with an added aura of maturity. The album features new collaborations with Maren Morris on the new song “You All Over Me” and Keith Urban on “That’s When.” They join Colbie Caillat as the record’s only credited features.