Sam Smith Hits No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Thanks to 'The Thrill of It All' Debut
Plus, Kelsea Ballerini re-enters at a new peak in the top 20.
Sam Smith leaps from No. 10 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Nov. 25) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time in three years. He previously spent three weeks atop the ranking in 2014, fueled by the start of his first album, In the Lonely Hour.
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.
Smith's latest reign is powered by his new album The Thrill of It All, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 237,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. The set is Smith's first Billboard 200 No. 1, as Lonely Hour debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2014.
Album sales contribute the majority of Smith's Artist 100 points (70 percent), followed by streaming (12 percent). The lead single from the album, "Too Good at Goodbyes," concurrently hits a new peak on the Billboard Hot 100, surging 10-4.
Maroon 5 vaults 27-2 on the Artist 100, as the group's sixth studio album, Red Pill Blues, opens at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (122,000 units). The set earns the group its sixth Billboard 200 top 10 and fifth top five title. Maroon 5 previously spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100 in September 2014, driven by the arrival of its prior LP, V.
Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Ed Sheeran holds at No. 3, Taylor Swift rises 6-4 and Imagine Dragons dip 4-5.
Among other Artist 100 moves, country singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini re-enters at a new peak of No. 18, as her sophomore studio album, Unapologetically, debuts at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 (44,000 units), marking her first top 10.
Check out this week's full Artist 100 here.