The group’s historic week continues after finally reaching the top of the Billboard 200 for the first time in its illustrious career. Meanwhile, Maroon 5 breaks into the Artist 100 top 10.
2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers debut at No. 1 on the Artist 100, posting quite a contrast in age and career span with last week’s chart champion, 5 Seconds of Summer, which slips 6-1.
The list, launched three weeks ago, provides the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50, among others. The Artist 100 is modeled after the formula utilized to compile Billboard's annual Year in Music Top Artist list (as well as the Billboard Music Awards Artist of the Year category), blending information from album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly, multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Hypnotic Eye arrived atop the Billboard 200, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the best debut sales week for Petty since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Also adding to the band’s Artist 100 sum is 4,000 in sales for its 1993 Greatest Hits album which jumps 147-71 on the Billboard 200. With limited airplay options for a classic rock act such as Petty, and a target demo not adept at streaming or downloading tracks, it’s not surprising that nearly all of the group’s Artist 100 points are derived from album sales.
Two-week chart champion Sam Smith holds at No. 2 for a second consecutive week (up 3 percent in overall points). His track “Stay With Me” hits a new Hot 100 peak, climbing 3-2, while album In the Lonely Hour dips 4-7 on the Billboard 200 with 30,000 (down 5 percent). Smith’s strongest source of points are track download sales with 32 percent, with radio airplay second overall at 28 percent. Both song sums include Smith’s featured turns on Disclosure’s “Latch” and Naughty Boy’s “La La La.” (An act in a featured role claims a smaller portion of a song's overall points than the lead act for purposes of the Artist 100's tabulation.)