Taylor Swift’s latest surprise album is already having a chart effect on the other side of the Atlantic.
Swift dropped Evermore last Friday (Dec. 11), her second album cut and released during the pandemic following Folklore.
Based on early streaming and sales data published by the Official Charts Company, Swift is all but assured the U.K.’s highest new entry this week with lead single “Willow,” while two additional Evermore tracks are looming outside the Top 10.
“Willow” is at No. 4 on the Official Chart First Look, while “Champagne Problems” starts at No. 12 and “No Body No Crime” featuring Haim bows at No. 15. If they keep their momentum when the Official U.K. Singles Chart is published late Friday (Dec. 18), Swift’s swag of U.K. Top 40s will lift to 34.
Based on listening activity in the first 48 hours, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” holds at No. 1 in the U.K., and is the best bet to clinch the Christmas chart crown. Carey’s classic is closely followed by Wham’s “Last Christmas” at No. 2, the Official Charts Company reports.
In the early phase of the chart week, eight of the Top 10, are Christmas-themed tracks. The cheer spreads across the Top 20, which features no less than 14 holiday songs.