Taylor Swift smashes Beatles record with three UK No 1 albums in nine months

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Songwriter’s remake of 2008’s Fearless amid industry dispute gives her the fastest run of successive No 1 albums ever

Taylor Swift’s re-recorded version of her 2008 album Fearless is the UK’s No 1 album, breaking a record held by the Beatles for 54 years.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) is Swift’s third album to hit No 1 in the UK in the space of 259 days – following Folklore on 31 July and Evermore on 18 December 2020 – breaking the Beatles’ longstanding record for the fastest accumulation of three No 1 albums. Between 1965-66, the British band topped the charts with Help!, Rubber Soul and Revolver in the space of 364 days.

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