Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart
She'd last led on July 11, 2015. Plus, Queens of the Stone Age debut & XXXTENTACION re-enters to a new peak.
Taylor Swift vaults 22-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Sept. 16), to become the top musical act in the U.S., leading the list for the first time since the tally dated July 11, 2015. She adds a 32nd total week on top, extending her record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 in the chart's three-year history.
The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, 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.
Swift's leap is powered by her latest single, “Look What You Made Me Do,” which soars 77-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, earning the singer-songwriter her fifth No. 1 and breaking the record, previously set by Adele's “Hello,” for the most U.S. streams for a song in a week by a female artist (84.4 million, according to Nielsen Music). The single also boasts the most weekly sales for any song in 2017 (353,000), besting the year's prior high set by Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" (240,000).
As Swift rockets by 459 percent in overall activity, digital song sales contribute the majority of her Artist 100 points (57 percent), followed by streaming (25 percent).
With her record-padding 32nd week at No. 1, here's an updated look at the acts to lead the Artist 100 the longest.
Most Weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100
Weeks at No. 1, Artist
32, Taylor Swift
14, The Weeknd
11, Justin Bieber
Queens of the Stone Age debut at No. 3 on the Artist 100, as the rock group's seventh studio album Villains arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, rapper XXXTENTACION re-enters at a new peak of No. 4, easily surpassing his prior No. 91 highpoint, as his 17 launches at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and Imagine Dragons drop 2-5.
Check out this week's full Artist 100 here.