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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.