Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

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Taylor Swift in the 2015 music video for "Bad Blood".

Buoyed by her "Bad Blood" buzz, the star scores her 25th week at the summit.

Taylor Swift is again the week's top music act in the U.S., rising 2-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 (dated May 30), fueled by the start of her new single, "Bad Blood."

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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.

Swift scores her record-extending 25th week atop the Artist 100. As her new Kendrick Lamar-assisted single "Bad Blood" re-enters the Hot 100 at No. 53 following the premiere of its celebrity-studded video at the start of the Billboard Music Awards Sunday (May 17), she gains by 8 percent in overall activity on the Artist 100. She logs a 29 percent surge in social reaction (also claiming a 23rd week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart) and a 23 percent increase in digital song sales, according to Nielsen Music.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Maroon 5 bumps 5-2; Wiz Khalifa holds at No. 3; Ed Sheeran lifts 6-4; and The Weekend climbs 8-5.

Walk the Moon reaches the Artist 100's top 10, powered by its smash single "Shut Up and Dance." Digital song sales account for the largest slice of the group's activity (47 percent), followed by airplay (37 percent). The track, up 5-4 on the Hot 100, bullets at No. 2 on Digital Songs (142,000 sold, up 5 percent) and No. 3 on Radio Songs (138 million in audience, up 5 percent).

In other Artist 100 action, after being crowned champion of the eighth season of NBC's The Voice (May 19), Sawyer Fredericks continues his winning ways, as he bounds 63-40 on the Artist 100. The 16-year-old folk-rocker rises with all his chart points owed to digital song sales. He adds his fifth top 10 on Hot Rock Songs, as his cover of Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" starts at No. 10 with 42,000 downloads sold. Fredericks also enters the Hot 100 at No. 94 with his take on Christina Perri's "A Thousand Years." (He ranks back-to-back with new American Idol victor Nick Fradiani, who bows at No. 93 with "Beautiful Life.")

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