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Taylor Swift, Drake Help Universal Music Set Billboard 200 Record – Billboard

Albums launched by Common Music Group and its household of labels have occupied the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 for 38 weeks to this point this yr, setting a brand new chart report. In line with UMG’s inner analysis, the corporate has surpassed the earlier report of 36 weeks spent by a single music firm at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in a calendar yr — a mark UMG itself set in 2020. UMG claims to be the primary music firm to attain this degree of dominance on the chart since MRC Knowledge, previously generally known as Nielsen Soundscan, started monitoring weekly album gross sales in 1991.

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The longest-running UMG album at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this yr — representing greater than 1 / 4 of the 38-week whole — was Morgan Wallen’s Harmful: The Double Album (Massive Loud/Republic), which spent 10 weeks on the high. That was adopted by Olivia Rodrigo’s Bitter (Interscope) and Drake’s Licensed Lover Boy (Republic), each of which spent 5 weeks at No. 1.

Taylor Swift scored no fewer than three No. 1 albums for UMG this yr for a complete of six weeks on the peak, with Republic’s Evermore, Fearless (Taylor’s Model) and Pink (Taylor’s Model) all spending time on the high. The latter album led the latest Billboard 200 after promoting 605,000 equal album models within the U.S. within the week ending Nov. 18, in keeping with MRC Knowledge.

Different UMG releases which spent a number of weeks atop the Billboard 200 this yr had been Billie Eilish’s Happier Than Ever (Darkroom/Interscope), which spent three weeks at No. 1, whereas Justin Bieber’s Justice (Def Jam) and Moneybagg Yo’s A Gangsta’s Ache (Interscope) every occupied the highest spot for 2 weeks.

The rest of UMG albums to spend time at No. 1 this yr had been there for a single week. They’re: Rod Wave’s Soulfly (Interscope), J Cole’s The Off Season (Roc Nation), Lil Child and Lil Durk’s The Voice of Heroes (High quality Management/Motown), Pop Smoke’s Religion (Republic), Kanye West’s Donda (Def Jam) and Summer season Walker’s Nonetheless Over It (Interscope).

This isn’t the primary time UMG has scored a feat on the Billboard 200 this yr. In June, albums launched by the corporate occupied 9 of the highest 10 on the chart, a phenomenon achieved solely 5 different occasions within the Billboard 200’s 64-year historical past — in keeping with UMG’s inner analysis — all of which had been additionally by UMG.

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