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Taylor Swift Tallies 44th Week Atop Artist 100 Chart

Beth Garrabrant

Taylor Swift

She extends her record for the most weeks spent at No. 1.

Taylor Swift furthers her record run atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, as she tallies her 44th week at the top musical act in the U.S. (on the ranking dated Jan. 9).

Swift reigns as her LPs Evermore and Folklore place at Nos. 2 and 6, respectively, on the Billboard 200. The former, which spent the previous two weeks at No. 1, earned 71,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Dec. 31, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The latter, which ruled for eight weeks beginning in August, earned 35,000 units in the tracking week.

Evermore lead single “Willow” concurrently ranks at No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 4 on Hot Rock & Alternative Songs, after debuting at No. 1 on both charts three weeks ago. Plus, “No Body, No Crime,” featuring Haim, places at No. 30 on the Hot Country Songs chart, after launching at No. 2, and is now being promoted to country radio. “Willow,” being promoted to pop and adult formats, rises 16-14 on the Adult Pop Songs airplay chart and 27-24 on Pop Songs and debuts at No. 19 on Adult Contemporary (as the AC format segues back from holiday-heavy programming).

Swift has tallied the most weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100 dating to the chart’s 2014 launch. Drake ranks second with 31 weeks on top, followed by The Weeknd (20) and BTS and Ariana Grande (15 each).

Among other Artist 100 chart moves, Playboi Carti re-enters at No. 2, reaching a new peak as he scores his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as Whole Lotta Red opens with 100,000 units.

Plus, Lil Durk lands his first week in the Artist 100’s top 10, zooming 70-8 as his The Voice vaults 46-3 in its second week on the Billboard 200 with 66,000 units in its first full tracking frame. The set debuted on the chart a week earlier with 23,000 units from just one day of activity, as it was released Dec. 24, the final day of the previous tracking week.

The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.