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Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj & Jessie J Hit Artist 100 With a 'Bang Bang'
Thanks to Grande's debut atop the Billboard 200 and the trio's hit song, the singers all surge on the Artist 100 chart.
As Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj and Jessie J soar 9-4 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Bang Bang," and as Grande blasts onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with her sophomore album My Everything, each of the three divas darts up the Billboard Artist 100.
The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Billboard 200 albums chart and the Social 50. The Artist 100 blends data measuring album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
Grande logs a second week at the Artist 100 summit (7-1), with the majority (60 percent) of her chart points from album sales. Her My Everything arrives with 169,000 sold, while her debut set, last year's Yours Truly, vaults 71-40 on the Billboard 200 with an 84 percent surge to 7,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Digital song sales follow at 20 percent, led by the threesome's "Bang," which gains by 54 percent to 244,000 sold. Grande, Minaj and Jessie J performed the track as part of their opening medley on the MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 24).
Minaj reaches a new Artist 100 highpoint (3-2), with digital song sales the top driver (48 percent) of her profile. In addition to "Bang," "Anaconda" -- also a part of the trio's VMAs performance -- gains by 57 percent to 188,000 sold. With the latter track atop the Streaming Songs chart for a second week (17.3 million U.S. streams, down 46 percent, according to Nielsen BDS; its video premiered on Aug. 19), streaming accounts for her second-biggest slice of Artist 100 points (31 percent).
Meanwhile, Jessie J reaches the Artist 100's top 40 for the first time (64-33), with digital song sales marking her greatest chart metric (60 percent).
Grande grabs the Artist 100's top spot by dethroning Taylor Swift, who dips 1-3 after a week at No. 1. Rounding out the chart's top 10, Sam Smith holds at No. 4; Iggy Azalea keeps at No. 5; Meghan Trainor is a non-mover at No. 6; Maroon 5 lifts 8-7; Beyonce bounds into the top 10 for the first time (23-8), fueled heavily by download sales following her medley of songs from her self-titled album on the VMAs; Wiz Khalifa descends 2-9; and Ed Sheeran shoots 16-10.
View the complete Billboard Artist 100 chart here and in the new issue of Billboard magazine (dated Sept. 13), on sale Friday (Sept. 5).