It is said to be the first time in 60 years that a living artist has four albums in the top 10 at the same time. The last time that happened was April 2, 1966.
The music industry is competitive like any other. However, it takes a music icon like Herb Alpert to congratulate Taylor Swift for breaking his record. Swift has four albums on the Billboard 200 chart's top 10. It is said to be the first time in 60 years that a living artist has four albums in the top 10 at the same time, according to Billboard. The last time that happened was April 2, 1966, when Herb Alpert had four albums in the Billboard Top 10. It included albums called, "Going Places," "Whipped Cream," "Other Delights," "South of the Border" and "The Lonely Bull."
Alpert in a recent TikTok video congratulated Swift for her achievement. He said, "Hi Taylor, this is Herb Alpert I have been getting calls from all over the world from publications wanting to know how I feel about you breaking my record about 150 years ago. I feel great. I think you are a wonderful artist, you are sincere, you are gracious, you deserve it. You deserve it all, Congratulations!" Swift's albums that are among the top 10 projects are "Speak Now" at No.1, "Midnights" at No.5, "Lover" at No.7 and "Folklore" at No.10.
Alpert's video has garnered over 2k views and is captioned, "Dear @Taylor Swift. Taylor Swift ties Herb Alpert's 4 albums in the Top 10!!" People loved the way he congratulated the artist. @.cassiemay commented, "So classy, the both of them. I love this." @allonsyitsecho said, "Love this! What a gracious response from one legend to another!"
@successwithjeannieH expressed, "Such a great response and beautiful message to Taylor! Class act, Herb, and I can’t wait to attend your event this week!" @gingersnapstn shared, "You are so gracious. I hope I get to see you live one of these days!" @sarabella102 wrote, "Legend! the both of you are beyond amazing."
Seattle that was genuinely one of my favorite weekends ever. Thank you for everything. All the cheering, screaming, jumping, dancing, singing at the top of your lungs. Got to play “No Body No Crime” (aka No body no Haim) live for the first time with my sisters @HAIMtheband!!!!… pic.twitter.com/vDkAM4O93y— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) July 24, 2023
The Guardian reports that Swift has become the first woman to have four albums in the Top 10 of the US album chart. Moreover, she also broke the record created by Barbra Streisand to be the first female artist with the most No 1 albums in history. Other than Alpert and Swift, the only other artist who has had at least four titles in the Top 10 is Prince, whose five albums made it to the Top 10 shortly after he died in 2016.
Since Swift debuted at the age of 16 with her first album, she has shown a great gift of engaging with her fans, which has, in turn, made them want to wait for her each new song, album, merch release and concert. According to Billboard, she has used her influence to change the way the music industry works. In 2014, she pulled her catalog from Spotify over low royalty payouts and she didn't allow her music to be back on the service until 2017.
Taylor Swift becomes the fastest artist in history to surpass 14 billion streams on Spotify in a calendar year. pic.twitter.com/hsCUiVbpww— Taylor Swift Charts (@chartstswift) July 25, 2023
Moreover, in 2015, she warned of keeping her album, "1989" off of Apple Music after they decided to not pay royalties to artists during the streamer's free-month trial period. Just a day later, Apple announced that it would be paying those royalties.
She is also said to bring in a ticketing reform. Before 2018's Reputation tour, she collaborated with Ticketmaster to create SwiftTix, which allows fans to register in advance to buy tickets during the presale. It has made her tours become one of the most high-demand tours.