Music News – Monday, July 27

When Billboard releases next week’s album chart, Taylor Swift’s Folklore will easily be top-ranked.
Republic Records indicated that Swifties bought more than 1.3 million copies of Folklore on Friday. It streamed 35 million times at Apple Music. Spotify reported the album was streamed in the first 24 hours more than 80 million times.
That’s more than any other female artist. The previous record was held by Ariana Grande for thank u, next with 70 million streams in 24 hours. Ari surpassed Taylor’s record for Lover with 55 million first-day streams. (The Hollywood Reporter)

Ed Sheeran tells the Irish Mirror that he did not know he was going to be a pop star until high school. “I wasn’t really that into music as a kid. I went to high school and picked up a guitar. And then suddenly I started making friends, getting girlfriends, playing in bands and having fun. It made me feel good and I decided I wanted to do it as a job. I did wedding bands for a while, and that paid the rent. I just wanted to play music as a job. It snowballed and I started aiming for things and working harder.”