Maroon 5 Moves to Top of Billboard Artist 100
The band is the biggest act in the U.S. this week, spurred by the debut of its album 'V.'
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.
Maroon 5 soars by 165 percent in overall Artist 100 points. Album sales account for 73 percent of the band's total, as V bows with 164,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Thanks largely to the set's lead single, "Maps," which returns to the Hot 100's top 10 (11-9), radio airplay contributes Maroon 5's second-greatest slice of Artist 100 points (11 percent). The track holds at No. 5 on Radio Songs with a 5 percent gain to 107 million all-format audio impressions, according to Nielsen BDS.
Last week's Artist 100 leader, Ariana Grande, slips to No. 2 (down by 48 percent). Last week, the majority (60 percent) of her chart points were from album sales, as her My Everything launched atop the Billboard 200 with 169,000. With the set falling to No. 4 this week (by 75 percent to 42,000), album sales still make up the greatest contributor to her Artist 100 points, but the sum halves to 30 percent. Digital song sales trail closely (29 percent), as Grande's "Bang Bang," with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj, and "Break Free" (featuring Zedd) rank at Nos. 3 and 6 on Digital Songs with 170,000 and 95,000 sold, respectively.
Jeezy scores the Artist 100's highest debut this week, entering at No. 3. With his Seen It All: The Autobiography roaring onto the Billboard 200 at No. 2 (121,000), 97 percent of the rapper's Artist 100 points are owed to album sales.
As she crowns the Hot 100 with her celebration of curves, "All About That Bass," Meghan Trainor kicks booty on the Artist 100 too, climbing to a new high point (6-4) with an overall 28 percent gain. With the tune atop Digital Songs with 312,000 sold (up 17 percent), marking its best sales week, track sales mark Trainor's greatest Artist 100 metric (64 percent). Album sales will enter the equation next week when her debut EP Title (released Sept. 9) is due on the Billboard 200.
Taylor Swift similarly rides the success of a Hot 100 smash, dipping 3-5 on the Artist 100 (down 6 percent). Digital song sales, led by 281,000 sold of "Shake It Off" (which drops 1-2 after two weeks atop the Hot 100), account for Swift's top Artist 100 contributor (60 percent). (Swift's album sales sum will vault exponentially once her fifth set, 1989, arrives Oct. 27.)
View the complete Billboard Artist 100 chart here and in the new issue of Billboard magazine (dated Sept. 20), on sale tomorrow (Sept. 12).