Taylor Swift & Christmas Crooners Rule Artist 100

Taylor Swift
Miller Mobley

Taylor Swift photographed Nov. 18, 2014 at Siren Studios in Los Angeles.

Swift reigns for an eighth week while a sleighful of artists with holiday hits soar.

Taylor Swift and Christmas have long been a perfect fit (as the yuletide devotee grew up on a Christmas tree farm). On this week's Billboard Artist 100 chart, Swift and the season also pair up, as she leads the list for a record-extending eighth week while a host of acts with holiday hits scale the survey.

The Year in Music 2014

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, Top Album Sales 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.

Swift crowns the Artist 100 again, sporting a roughly 2-to-1 points lead over runner-up for a second week Pentatonix (although Swift decreases in overall points by 9 percent and Pentatonix surges by 24 percent). Album sales account for the majority of Swift's Artist 100 standing (40 percent), as 1989 tops the Billboard 200 for a fifth week with 274,000 total album equivalent units (with 80 percent, or 230,000, from pure album purchases, which places her at No. 1 on Top Album Sales).

Rising a cappella quintet Pentatonix pushes toward the top of the Artist 100 thanks largely to its holiday album That's Christmas to Me, at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (221,000 units; 208,000 in pure album sales). Album sales account for 78 percent of the group's Artist 100 sum.

Christmas Music for People Who Hate Christmas Music

Sam Smith (3-3), Ed Sheeran (9-4) and Meghan Trainor (4-5) round out the Artist 100's top five.

Beyond Pentatonix, acts with hit holiday songs and/or albums crowd the Artist 100 like shoppers at any mall, anywhere, any time this month. Among movers powered by seasonal success: Michael Buble (30-17), Trans-Siberian Orchestra (75-40), Mariah Carey (67-44), Elvis Presley (86-53) and Bing Crosby (96-71).

Holiday-fueled acts new to the chart include two late legends: Andy Williams (No. 89) and Frank Sinatra (No. 93). (Reinforcing the hodge-podge nature and quirky unpredictability of the Artist 100, given its multi-metric nature, Sinatra ranks in between modern-day stars Lady Gaga at No. 92 and Jennifer Lawrence at No. 94).

View the complete Billboard Artist 100 chart here.


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