Taylor Swift; Photo Courtesy of Jason Davis/NSAI
Taylor Swift; Photo Courtesy of Jason Davis/NSAI

Here’s A List Of Global Music Records Taylor Swift Broke In 2022

Global superstar Taylor Swift once again makes music history in 2022!

Swift extended her record-setting year with Midnights, her tenth studio album, on October 21st via Republic Records/Universal Music Group.

In only eight weeks, Midnights earned more than six million album equivalent units, with three million in just the U.S., making the megastar the only artist in music history to have five albums with more than one million units over the course of release week. During its debut week, the blockbuster release moved nearly 1.6 million. Midnights also earned the title of the first album since 2015 to sell over one million physical albums.

“Taylor is a multidimensional creative force whose achievements place her among the most accomplished artists in the history of music, and we are thrilled and honored to partner with her across so many aspects of her career,” said Sir Lucian Grainge, Universal Music Group chairman & CEO.

“Taylor’s achievements over the past year have been absolutely spectacular! With more than two dozen historic milestones set by Midnights, it’s nearly unimaginable for any artist to sell more than six million albums in less than eight weeks during any era of our business,” added Monte Lipman, Republic Records founder and chief executive officer. “These accomplishments further exemplify Taylor’s prowess as the consummate artist and storyteller defining a generation.”

Swift broke milestones for streaming, physical and vinyl album sales across the globe as Midnights became the eleven-time Grammy winner’s fastest-selling album of her career. She also became the first artist ever to capture the whole Top 10 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart. The “champagne problems” singer secured 36.6 billion combined all time streams and 22.4 million album-equivalent units in 2022.

In addition to her musical talent, swift was honored for her work as a director, performer and songwriter. In 2022, she was recognized with six American Music Awards (Artist of the Year, Country Female Artist, Pop/Rock Female Artist, Music Video, Country Album & Pop Album), three People’s Choice Awards (Album Of The Year, Best Music Video & Female Artist of The Year), The NSAI Nashville Songwriter Award for Songwriter of the Decade, three MTV Video Music Awards (Video of The Year, Best Director, Best Longform Video for All Too Well: The Short Film), four MTV EMA’s (Best Artist, Best Pop, Best Video, & Best Longform Video for All Too Well: The Short Film), four Billboard Music Awards (Top Billboard 200 Artist, Top Country Artist, Top Female Country Album and Top Country Album) and more.


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The influential artist was also nominated for a multitude of forthcoming awards, such as four GRAMMY Awards for Song of The Year – “All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film),” Best Country Song, Best Music Video and Best Song Written for Visual Media for “Carolina” from the “Where The Crawdads Sing” soundtrack. “Carolina” also secured nominations for a Golden Globe Award, Critics Choice Award and Hollywood Critics Association Award and was named to the Oscar shortlist for Best Original Song in 2023.

Taylor Swift’s Achievements in 2022

Midnights debuted with 1+billion global streams in the first week, reaching a career high
-Became the only artist with five albums that debuted with more than one million units sold in the first week in U.S. Nielsen history
-Led on-demand and streaming equivalent albums for U.S. artists
Midnights earned three million+ album consumption during its first week
-In just one week, Midnights received more than a million pure album sales in the U.S., making it the first album to accomplish this since Swift’s reputation in 2017
Midnights was 2022’s highest selling physical release in the U.S., with +1.3 million copies. Swift sold an additional 1.1 million physical records across her catalogue in the U.S. in 2022.
Midnights launched at number one, hitting a career-high of 1.578 million units sold in its first week
-Became the first artist to capture the whole Top 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Chart, as well as the entire top ten for the digital sales chart in the U.S. and Canada
-Sold 575K vinyl copies in the U.S., setting a new record for vinyl sales
-First artist to capture the whole Billboard Global 200’s top 5
-First artist to debut #1 on both the Billboard 200 and Hot 100 simultaneously on four occasions
-Broke record for the most consecutive #1 studio albums to debut on billboard 200
-Captured the biggest streaming week for an album by a female artist with 549 million streams
Midnights broke Spotify’s record for the largest album debut with 185m+ streams
-Secured 785 million streams, making it the biggest first week of global streams for an album
-Captured the top 5 biggest song debuts in Spotify’s global chart history
-Broke the record for the biggest first day and first week of an album’s global streams on Amazon
-Biggest first day global streams on Apple Music for a pop album
-Biggest first day global streams on Apple Music for an album in Dolby Atmos
Midnights debuted at #1 in an impressive 19 countries, including the U.S., Australia, U.K., France, Germany and Italy
-Swift became the first artist to secure a #1 single, #1 album and #1 airplay debut in Australia, topping both sales charts for a total of five consecutive weeks
Midnight had the biggest first-day streams of any album on Spotify in Brazil
Midnight secured the top 5 biggest debuts in the Philippines in Spotify history
Midnight was the fastest selling album from a Western artist in China
-In 2022, she earned over 22.6 million album equivalent units*
-Across all platforms, she received a total of 36.6 billion combined streams*
-Broke the record for the most Top 10 Hits by a female artist

(*To 12/15 – Source: UMG Data)


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Swift is set to embark on her Taylor Swift |The Eras Tour where she will hit the stage for 52 stadium shows throughout the U.S. Presented by Capital One, produced by Taylor Swift Touring and promoted by the Messina Touring Group (MTG), the trek kicks off on March 18 in Glendale, Arizona at State Farm Stadium. The Eras Tour will continue through August and will wrap up with back-to-back shows in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium.

Paramore, beabadoobee, Phoebe Bridgers, girl in red, MUNA, HAIM, GAYLE, Gracie Abrams, and OWENN will serve as support for Swift on select dates of The Eras Tour.

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