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Taylor Swift just became the first artist in history to claim every spot on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart in the US. Swift was able to do so thanks to an extraordinary first chart week for her latest album, Midnights, which was released on Friday, October 21.

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The album is distributed in the United States by Republic Records, with recordings copyrights owned by Swift herself. Tracks from Midnights have claimed 13 of the Top 15 spots on the Hot 100 chart. According to a media release from Republic issued today (October 31), Midnights – which was co-written by Swift with Jack Antonoff – sold nearly 1.6 million album ‘equivalents’ in the US during its first week, and 3 million worldwide. The album sold – as in real digital and physical sales, not streams – over 1 million copies during its first week of sale in the States, the first album to do so since Swift’s own Reputation in 2017. Midnights also surpassed 1 billion global album streams in under one week, said Republic.

Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, which is based on Luminate data, is formulated via a combination of streams, sales, and airplay audience of each track in a given chart week.

In 2020, Billboard said of the formula it uses to calculate its Hot 100 chart: “The Hot 100 has a locked-in methodology, updated at least once a year, with each metric divided by a certain number, which results in an average chart ratio whereby streams are the most heavily weighted factor, followed next by radio airplay and then sales.”

Via Billboard data, below you can see the Top 10 tracks on the Hot 100 chart this week – all from Midnights and led by Anti-Hero – complete with their US weekly streaming totals:

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