Taylor Swift just toppled a chart record when her self-titled debut album logged its 157th week in the Billboard 200, bypassing Nickelback to become the longest chart reign of this decade. But she's not done breaking records this week, as the release of the latest Billboard Hot 100 reveals that Swift has eight charting songs this week, giving her the most songs on that chart of female artist in history. (The Beatles hold the overall record for any artist — they charted 14 songs in April of 1964.)
Swift's chart conquest was buoyed by the debut of the five new songs from the re-release of her 2008 album, Fearless, according to Reuters. Bolstered by download sales, all five tracks ended up in the top 30: "Jump Then Fall" at #10, "Untouchable" at #19, "The Other Side of the Door" at #22, "Superstar" at #27 and "Come in With the Rain" at #30. Three already-released singles — "You Belong With Me" (#14), "Forever & Always" (#34) and "Fifteen" (#49) — round out the tunes that make up her latest milestone.
It won't even be the last milestone Swift hits this week. Taylor Swift will join some elite company when she serves as both the host and musical guest of this week's "Saturday Night Live." In the past, that status has been reserved for crossover superstars like Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Garth Brooks and Britney Spears.
As far as the Billboard Hot 100 is concerned, Jason DeRulo's "Whatcha Say" is this week's top song. DeRulo is the fourth artist to top the chart with a debut single in 2009, joining Lady Gaga, Owl City and Jay Sean. DeRulo's reign will be threatened by Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind," which jumped up 10 places since last week's chart and could make a move to the top spot with the New York Yankees World Series victory.