Taylor Swift surpasses Whitney Houston to claim a new US chart record

Folklore returns to Number 1 in the US, marking a brand new milestone for female artists on the Billboard 200.

Taylor Swift scoops a new US chart record as her Folklore album returns to Number 1 in America for a seventh non-consecutive week at the top.

Reclaiming Number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with the album, Taylor has clocked up a total of 47 cumulative weeks at Number 1 across all of her albums in the US, surpassing Whitney Houston's 46 weeks to land a new record among female artists.

Whitney's previous chart record spanned four albums: her self-titled debut (14 weeks, 1986), Whitney (11 weeks, 1987), The Bodyguard soundtrack (20 weejs, 1992-1993) and I Look To You (one week, 2009).

Taylor's new record spans all but one of her studio albums, with her 2006 self-titled debut the only one not to top the US chart, peaking at Number 5.

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Other female acts with notable cumulative stints in the states include Adele (34 weeks) and Mariah Carey (30 weeks). Overall, The Beatles top out with 132 weeks at Number 1 in the US, and Elvis Presley is the longest-reigning soloist with 67 total weeks at Number 1.

In the UK, The Beatles also top the list with 174 weeks across 15 Number 1 albums, Elvis matches his US tally with 67 weeks to be the longest-serving Number 1 soloist, and Adele is the longest reigning female act with 37 weeks across just three albums.

See Taylor Swift's full Official UK Chart history