Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, J. Cole Debuts at No. 2

Taylor Swift performs during the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball 2014 held at The O2 Arena in London on Dec. 7, 2014.

Swift reigns for a ninth week, while Cole launches fueled by album sales.

Taylor Swift remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart, logging a record-extending ninth week at No. 1, while J. Cole soars in at No. 2, powered by sales for his new album.

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.

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Swift crowns the Artist 100 again, holding a nearly 2-to-1 points lead over Cole. With Swift up by 5 percent in overall points, album sales again account for the majority of her Artist 100 standing (38 percent). Her 1989 dips 2-1 on the Billboard 200, after five weeks at the summit, with 324,000 total album equivalent units (with 278,000 from pure album sales).

Digital song sales follow closely with 35 percent of Swift's Artist 100 points. Her current single, "Blank Space," tops Digital Songs for a sixth week with 249,000 downloads sold (and leads the Hot 100 for a fifth frame).

Cole bounds onto the Artist 100 at No. 2 as his new album 2014 Forest Hills Drive roars onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with 375,000 total album equivalent units (with 353,000 from pure album purchases). Album sales easily mark his biggest Artist 100 points contributor (74 percent).

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Pentatonix slips 2-3 after two weeks at the a cappella group's No. 2 peak, followed by Ed Sheeran (4-4) and Sam Smith (3-5).

In the Artist 100's other main top 10 highlight, Carrie Underwood reaches the region for the first time (49-9). Fueling her move: her new Greatest Hits: Decade #1 opens at No. 4 on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on Top Country Albums, with 103,000 total album equivalent units (with 94,000 from pure album sales).

View the complete Billboard Artist 100 chart here.


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