It’s official: Taylor Swift‘s eighth record Folklore is a unanimous critical and commercial success.
The surprise album, which was released Friday, has sold over 1.3 million copies in just 24 hours, as well as breaking a global streaming record on Spotify and Apple Music.
Republic Records released the information on album sales, while Spotify said it had broken the record for first-day album streams by a female artist with 80.6 million streams.
n a social media statement, Taylor described the album as an ‘entire brand new album of songs I’ve poured all of my whims, dreams, fears and musings into… Before this year, I probably would’ve overthought when to release this music at the ‘perfect time,’ but the times we’re living in keep reminding me that nothing is guaranteed.’
Gabby Barrett’s Debut Single, “I Hope,” Reaches No. 1 on Billboard Country Airplay Chart
For just the fourth time in 14 years, a solo female artist’s debut single has reached No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.
Gabby Barrett’s debut single, “I Hope,” hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay chart and Mediabase chart this week.
Gabby is now the fourth solo female artist in 14 years to score a No. 1 hit on the Billboard Country Airplay chart with her debut single, following Carly Pearce’s “Every Little Thing” (Nov. 2017), Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” (June 2015) and Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” (Jan. 2006).
“I can’t believe this is happening . . . this is amazing,” said Gabby. “Thank you to country radio for being so welcoming and supportive. And to my husband, family, fans, label, team and everyone who has supported me along the way—this would not have been possible without you. God is good, all the time.”
Penned by Gabby, Zachary Kale and Jon Nite, “I Hope” was produced by Kale and Ross Copperman.
Briana Alexa, known as Brika (pronounced “bree-kuh”), is an alternative singer-songwriter born and raised in Miami, Florida to Cuban-American parents. Her music, which has captivated audiences globally, is vibrant and melancholy, running the gamut of human emotions. A musician since the tender age of three, Brika’s intensely creative nature has been apparent from the start, in her childhood years of songwriting all the way to Voice Memos, her professional debut, recorded with esteemed producer Julio Reyes Copello. Her music has been ranked highly on Spotify charts and earned her placements on numerous playlists, in addition to general acclaim for what critics termed “incisively sharp, beautifully orchestrated pop music.”