25 Years Of Chartwatch

You are reading James Masterton's Chart Watch UK, the fascinating weekly guide to the stories behind the hits populating the Official UK Charts. Read this week's column along with the complete 25-year archive, a resource of over 1300 articles covering a quarter of a century of popular music history.

So Taylor Swift is huge, we kind of got that already. But the release of her new album was going to give an indication of just how huge she is. And the answer may come as a surprise. This week there's also proof that there are still new superstar combinations to try out.

It is the slowest climb to the top of the charts enjoyed by any record for over a year and a half. Havana is Number One. Let's just hope we aren't all bored of it already.

Read without prejudice. Because there is a 27-year-old album at the top of the charts this week. And one even older lower down the Top 10. It is almost as if the young don't buy albums anymore. They are still streaming Post Malone in huge numbers though.