Adele Dominates Billboard Artist 100 Chart

Adele on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Nov. 23, 2015.
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Adele on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Nov. 23, 2015.

Thanks to the record-shattering start of '25,' Adele crushes the competition on Billboard's weekly artist survey.

In perhaps one of the least chart surprising finishes, given her record-smashing sales week, Adele is the No. 1 musical act in the U.S., rebounding 3-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 12).

The Artist 100 measures 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.

Adele returns to the top of the Artist 100 for a third total week with a more than three-to-one lead in points over runner-up Justin Bieber (1-2). Adele logs a 646 percent vault in overall activity, with album sales marking her greatest metric (81 percent), as 25 rockets onto Top Album Sales at No. 1 with a one-week-record 3.38 million sold. Adele's prior albums 21 and 19 also contribute to her Artist 100 total, soaring to Nos. 9 (34,000) and 19 (20,000) on Top Album Sales, respectively.

Adele's Historic '25' Debut: By the Numbers

Digital song sales (12 percent), streaming (4 percent), radio airplay (2 percent) and social reaction (1 percent) account for the remainder of Adele's Artist 100 contributors.

Below Adele and Bieber, Drake (4-3), The Weeknd (5-4) and One Direction (2-5) round out the Artist 100's top five.

Among moves further down the chart, Gwen Stefani appears on the Artist 100 for the first time in more than a year. She returns at No. 82 as "Used to Love You" logs a 162 percent increase to 29,000 sold (and re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 77, a new high) after she performed the song on the American Music Awards Nov. 22.

Stefani was, of course, moonlighting on the AMAs from her regular role as coach on NBC's The Voice, and one of this season's hopefuls on the latter joins her on the Artist 100: Amy Vachal (mentored by Adam Levine, not Stefani, on The Voice) enters at No. 89. Vachal bows with all of her chart points from digital song sales, as her cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space" enters Digital Songs at No. 24 with 38,000 sold, marking her best rank and weekly sales sum. A week earlier, her folk-pop reinvention of Drake's "Hotline Bling" charted at No. 28 (25,000).

Vachal is one of two contestants on The Voice this season to hit the Artist 100: Jordan Smith ranks at No. 71 after surging to No. 20.

Check out the entire Artist 100 here.


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