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Taylor Swift makes US chart history

Taylor Swift has made US chart history after becoming the first female singer to succeed herself at the top of the Billboard Hot 100.

The 24-year-old singer's latest track, Blank Space, bumped her previous number one hit, Shake It Off, from the top after a four-week run.

She is the 10th act to score the feat overall in the chart's 56-year history, following acts such as the Beatles (who had three consecutive number one hits), Boyz II Men, Usher and the Black Eyed Peas.

Taylor's fifth album, 1989, has also scored a third consecutive week in the top spot on the album chart, and has earned the rare honour of seeing its first two singles top the Hot 100. She is also the only artist with two Hot 100 number ones this year.

1989 - which was pulled off Spotify by the star - has sold two million copies in the US and is the second best-selling album of 2014, after Disney's Frozen soundtrack, which has sold 3.25 million copies.

Taylor will also receive a special new award, the Dick Clark Award for Excellence, for her record-setting sales at the American Music Awards on November 23.

Dick Clark's widow, Kari Clark, said in a statement that "the first time Dick saw Taylor perform, he knew she was something special".

The star will kick off the awards show with a performance of Blank Space.

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