‘Anti-Hero’ Now Taylor Swift’s Best-Performing Single After Eight Weeks Atop Hot 100 Chart
Taylor Swift’s latest single “Anti-Hero” has scored the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 list for the eighth week, making the track the longest-charting song in her more than decade-long career.
“Anti-Hero,” the lead single on Swift’s album Midnights, officially surpassed her song “Blank Space,” which spent seven weeks at the top of the Billboard chart during its reign between 2014 and 2015.
Between January 6 and January 12, “Anti-Hero” tallied 88.5 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 6% over the previous week) and 16.8 million streams (down 3%) along with 7,000 copies sold (up 15%) according to figures cited by Billboard from Luminate, which tracks music sales data.
In November, “Anti-Hero” passed “Shake It Off”—now Swift’s third longest-charting single—which spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 2014.
Midnights broke records upon its October release after songs from the album made up the entirety of the top 10 tracks of the Billboard Hot 100, making Swift the first artist in history to accomplish the feat.
The Billboard Hot 100 chart blends U.S. streaming figures with radio airplay and sales data.
Swift performed “Anti-Hero” live for the first time last week during a surprise appearance at a London concert for the British band The 1975.
“Anti-Hero” is Swift’s ninth single to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart. Midnight’s commercial success was a driving factor in demand for Swift’s upcoming “Eras” tour, her first since 2018. The tour saw “unprecedented” demand when tickets became available during a November presale, according to Ticketmaster. The company was criticized by fans, lawmakers and Swift herself after the Ticketmaster website crashed amid the presale, forcing some fans to wait hours to buy tickets. The tickets were oversold, leading to the cancellation of the general sale over a lack of inventory. More than two dozen Swift fans—nicknamed “Swifties”—filed a lawsuit against Ticketmaster last month alleging antitrust violations.
SZA’s “Kill Bill” reached No. 2, marking a new career-high, while Zach Bryan cracked the top 10 for the first time with “Something in the Orange” at No. 10 for the week ending January 21, 2023.
Billboard Hot 100
1. “Anti-Hero,” Taylor Swift
2. “Kill Bill,” SZA
3. “Unholy,” Sam Smith & Kim Petras
4. “I’m Good (Blue)” David Guetta & Bebe Rexha
5. “Creepin’,” Metro Boomin, The Weeknd & 21 Savage
6. “Die For You,” The Weeknd
7. “Rich Flex,” Drake & 21 Savage
8. “As It Was,” Harry Styles
9. “Bad Habit,” Steve Lacy
10. “Something In The Orange,” Zach Bryan
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