Taylor Swift has tallied her seventh consecutive Billboard 200 No. 1 with folklore, the surprise-released Aaron Dessner-produced album she released in late-July, as Pitchfork points out. folklore tallied 846,000 album equivalent units in the past week, meaning it beat its closest competitor — Juice WRLD's posthumous LP Legends Never Die, which debuted with a total of 497,000 album equivalent units — by just shy of 350,000 album equivalent units. folklore's debut week is also the highest chart tally since Swift's last album, 2019's Lover, which debuted with 867,000 album equivalent units.
In addition to Dessner, folklore features contributions from Bon Iver's Justin Vernon and Swift's longtime collaborator Jack Antonoff. Recorded entirely in quarantine, it is Swift's eighth album, and marks a return to the narrative-based storytelling and muted aesthetics of her mid-career work. Read The FADER's full review of folklore here.