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Taylor Swift's evermore is 'Billboard's' best-selling alternative album

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A few weeks after Miley Cyrus ruled Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums chart with her new album Plastic Hearts, Taylor Swift is now leading the alternative charts.

The pop superstar’s new effort, evermore — the second of two surprise T-Swift albums of 2020, following the summer’s folklore — is number one on Billboard‘s Alternative Albums chart. Folklore, which also debuted at number one on the tally following its release, is right behind evermore at number two.

Over on the Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart — which combines radio airplay with sales and streaming data for traditional rock songs, as well as tracks that are “often considered alternative, but [do] not fit within the commonly held boundaries of rock” — Swift leads with the evermore single, “willow.”

In fact, 14 of the 15 evermore songs are currently charting on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs. Ironically, the only one absent from the ranking is “no body, no crime,” which features Billboard alternative mainstays HAIM.

Along with the 14 evermore tracks, Swift is also currently charting eight folklore tracks on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, giving her a total of 22 entries on the ranking. That’s the most for any single artist on that particular chart since Linkin Park occupied 23 spots for a week in 2017 following the death of Chester Bennington.

Both evermore and folklore were recorded in collaboration with The National‘s Aaron Dessner and Jack Antonoff.

By Josh Johnson
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