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Taylor Swift Spends Sixth Week at No. 1 on Billboard 200 With ‘The Tortured Poets Department’

Plus, Twenty One Pilots and RM debut in the top 10.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift’s The Tortured Poets Department spends a sixth straight and total week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart (dated June 8), as the title earned 175,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 30 (down 54%), according to Luminate.

Tortured Poets is the first album to spend its first six weeks at No. 1 since Morgan Wallen’s One Thing at a Time led for its first 12 weeks a year ago (March 18-June 3, 2023-dated charts). Among Swift’s collection of No. 1s, Tortured Poets ties Folklore for the most weeks at No. 1 from its debut with six weeks each.


With 175,000 units earned in Tortured Poets’ sixth week, the set scores the largest sixth-week for any album since Adele’s 25 earned 363,000 units in its sixth frame (chart dated Jan. 16, 2016).

Swift adds her 75th career week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, extending her record among soloists. (Elvis Presley has the second-most among soloists, with 67.) The total encompasses her 14 leaders. (She’s tied with Jay-Z for the most No. 1s among soloists.)

Also in the top 10 of the new Billboard 200, Twenty One PilotsClancy debuts at No. 3 with the biggest week for any rock album in 2024 (in either equivalent album units or traditional album sales), while RM’s Right Place, Wrong Person launches at No. 5 with his biggest debut week (in both units and sales).

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, compiled by Luminate. Units comprise album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). Each unit equals one album sale, or 10 individual tracks sold from an album, or 3,750 ad-supported or 1,250 paid/subscription on-demand official audio and video streams generated by songs from an album. The new June 8, 2024-dated chart will be posted in full on Billboard‘s website on June 4. For all chart news, follow @billboard and @billboardcharts on both X, formerly known as Twitter, and Instagram.


Of The Tortured Poets Department’s sixth-week unit sum of 175,000, SEA units comprise 133,000 (down 20% — it’s No. 1 on Top Streaming Albums; its SEA units equal 173.65 million on-demand official streams of the deluxe edition’s 31 songs), album sales comprise 41,000 (down 81%) and TEA units comprise 1,000 (down 30%).

Billie Eilish’s Hit Me Hard and Soft is a non-mover at No. 2 in its second week on the list, earning 145,000 equivalent album units (down 57%). It’s the largest second week for any Eilish album, a week after she scored her top weekly career total with the set (339,000).

Twenty One Pilots’ new studio album, Clancy, bows at No. 3 with 143,000 equivalent album units earned. Of that sum, albums sales comprise 113,000 (making it the top-selling album of the week and No. 1 on Top Album Sales), SEA units comprise 29,000 (equaling 38.64 million on-demand official streams of the set’s songs) and TEA units comprise a negligible sum. Clancy scores the biggest week, by both units and album sales, for any rock album in 2024. (Rock albums are defined as those that are eligible for, or have charted on, Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart.)


Clancy marks the fourth top 10-charting set for Twenty One Pilots. The band previously visited the region with Scaled and Icy (No. 3 in 2021), Trench (No. 2, 2018) and Blurryface (No. 1, 2016).

The new album was led by the single “Overcompensate,” which reached No. 2 on the Alternative Airplay chart in May, marking the 16th top 10-charting song for the act. The track also hit No. 64 on the all-genre, multi-metric Billboard Hot 100 in March. The new album was announced on Feb. 29 as the final chapter of the band’s conceptual series which began with Blurryface.


Clancy’s first-week sales were bolstered by its availability across 11 vinyl variants, signed and unsigned zine/CD journal editions and digipak CDs, deluxe CD boxed sets containing branded merch, and a deluxe digital album with four bonus live tracks.

Morgan Wallen’s chart-topping One Thing at a Time falls 3-4 on the Billboard 200 with 73,000 equivalent album units earned (down 3%).

RM collects his second solo top 10-charting album as Right Place, Wrong Person debuts at No. 5 with 54,000 equivalent album units. Of that sum, album sales comprise 43,000, SEA units comprise 7,500 (equaling 10.16 million on-demand streams of the set’s songs) and TEA units comprise 3,500. The album yields the BTS member his best debut position on the Billboard 200, as well as his largest opening week by both units and traditional album sales.

Right Place, Wrong Person was preceded by the single “Come Back to Me,” which reached the top 30 on both the Billboard Global 200 and Billboard Global Excluding U.S. charts. The album’s first-week sales were supported by its availability across 13 different CD variants, all containing branded paper merch and other collectibles.

RM previously hit the top 10 with Indigo (No. 3, December 2022).

Wallen’s former leader Dangerous: The Double Album is stationary at No. 6 with 45,000 equivalent album units earned (down less than 1%); Future and Metro Boomin’s chart-topping We Don’t Trust You dips 5-7 (43,000; down 11%); Gunna’s One of Wun falls 4-8 (42,000; down 25%); Noah Kahan’s Stick Season is pushed down 7-9 despite a gain of 4% (to 40,000); and Zach Bryan’s self-titled former No. 1 falls 8-10 (37,000; down 2%).


Luminate, the independent data provider to the Billboard charts, completes a thorough review of all data submissions used in compiling the weekly chart rankings. Luminate reviews and authenticates data. In partnership with Billboard, data deemed suspicious or unverifiable is removed, using established criteria, before final chart calculations are made and published.

This article was originally published by Billboard U.S.

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