Madonna Vaults Onto Billboard Artist 100 at No. 7, Taylor Swift Still No. 1

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Album cover for Madonna's 2015 super deluxe "Rebel Heart."

The Queen of Pop soars in, thanks to sales of her new album "Rebel Heart," while Swift reigns for a record-extending 19th week.

Madonna bursts onto the Billboard Artist 100 chart at No. 7, fueled by sales of her new album Rebel Heart. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift holds at No. 1, logging a record-extending 19th week at the summit.

The Artist 100 is the first weekly survey 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.

The Queen of Pop arrives on the Artist 100 with almost all (97 percent) of her chart activity from album sales. As previously reported, Rebel Heart bows at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 116,000 in traditional album sales in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music. (It starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 130,000 equivalent album units earned.)

Madonna is up by 2,919 percent in overall Artist 100 points. She also gains by 31 percent in social reaction.

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Thus, more than three decades into her legendary career, Madonna hits the top 10 on yet another chart; the Artist 100 launched last July.

Meanwhile, Swift tops the Artist 100 despite a 13 percent dip in overall activity. At 19 weeks in charge, Swift is far and away the leader for most weeks spent at No. 1; Sam Smith is second with three frames on top.

Maroon 5 rises 4-2 on the Artist 100, while Luke Bryan leaps back into the top 10, and to a new peak (25-3; up 233 percent), for the first time since August. The country star's latest spring break-themed album, Spring Break… Checkin' Out, starts at No. 3 on Top Album Sales with 89,000 in pure album sales (and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 106,000 overall units). Album sales account for more than two-thirds of Bryan's Artist 100 points.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Ed Sheeran dips 3-4 and Drake falls 2-5.

In addition to Madonna, debuts on the Artist 100 belong to Mumford & Sons (No. 33), who zoom onto the Hot 100 at No. 31 and Hot Rock Songs at No. 4 with new single "Believe"; pop band Sheppard (No. 60), whose Bombs Away starts on Top Album Sales at No. 41 (6,000) and breakthrough single "Geronimo" jumps 74-58 on the Hot 100; and Ciara (No. 68), who bounds 29-15 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs with current single "I Bet."

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