Taylor Swift’s surprise album Folklore set to land her fifth UK number one

Taylor Swift is set to land her fifth UK number one album with her surprise release Folklore (Picture: Reuters)

Taylor Swift is set to score her fifth – that’s fifth – UK number one album with Folklore.

Her eighth album, released as a surprise on Friday, is currently outperforming the rest of the Top 5 combined.

That should put her in a great position to storm to the top spot.

Taylor’s last four chart-topping albums in the UK were Red in 2012, 1989 in 2014, Reputation in 2017 and Lover last year.

Additionally three songs from Folklore are sitting pretty in the official singles chart top 10: Cardigan, Exile (featuring Bon Iver) and The 1.

She is seeing off competition from Ronan Keating’s Twenty Twenty album which is at number 2, and music icons Bob Marley & The Wailers’ Legend, which has shot up to number 5 after its release on picture disc vinyl.

The I Knew You Were Trouble singer has been breaking records with her indie record, which we absolutely loved.

According to her label Republic Records – a division of Universal Music Group – Folklore hit 1.3 million sales in a day.

It also set a Spotify record for the first day album streams by a female artist, with 80.6 million.

Not only was the album a surprise to Taylor’s huge fanbase, but apparently Republic Records didn’t even know about it until a few hours before it came out. Stealthy.

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