Her eighth studio album just became the first album in four years to spend six consecutive weeks in the top spot of the Billboard Top 200 chart, beating out Drake, whose 2016 Views reached the milestone in 2016. The record also now puts her in a tie with legendary singer Whitney Houston, for most cumulative weeks in the No. 1 spot among women.
Folklore was written and recorded fully during the coronavirus pandemic. She dropped the surprise album featuring 16 songs on July 24, with songs ranging from indie-folk, alternative rock, electro-folk, and chamber pop sounds. Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, of Fun and The National fame, respectively, served as producers on the album.
Folklore has broken many other records including the Guinness World Record for the biggest opening day for an album by a female artist on Spotify after it was streamed more than 80 million times in a single day. It also scored the title of best selling record of the year after selling 846,000 copies within its first seven days of release. Swift is also the first female artist to have seven albums debut in the No. 1 spot.
The singer/songwriter won Best Direction at the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards for her work behind the camera on the video for her song “The Man,” beating out Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, and The Weeknd.