Taylor Swift notches her eighth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 — and second of 2020 — as her surprise release Evermore arrives atop the list.
Her latest studio album earned 329,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 17, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, marking the fifth-largest week of the year for any album.
Evermore was released on Dec. 11 via Republic Records with little warning, and was only available as a standard digital download album.’
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).
It’s the biggest week for Evermore, as the last album to post a bigger week with only a digital and streaming album, and no bundles of any sort was Drake’s Scorpion, when it debuted with 732,000 on the July 14, 2018-dated chart.