Meghan Trainor takes over as the top artist in the U.S., bounding 6-1 on the Billboard Artist 100. She dethrones Taylor Swift (1-2), who’s reigned for a record 13 weeks since the chart launched in July.
The Artist 100 is the first weekly ranking 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.
Trainor logs her second week at No. 1 on the Artist 100, having first led the week dated Oct. 11. She’s inhabited the top 10 for 23 straight weeks, beginning Aug. 30; that week, her debut smash “All About That Bass” rose to No. 2 on the Hot 100, ahead of its eventual eight-week reign.
Lifting Trainor to the top this week? Her debut full-length Title, which arrives at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 238,000 equivalent units earned in the week ending Jan. 18, including 195,000 in pure album sales (good for a No. 1 start on the Top Album Sales chart), according to Nielsen Music. Album sales account for more than two-thirds of her Artist 100 standing. Digital song sales follow at a fairly distant 14 percent.
Trainor narrowly displaces Swift from the Artist 100 throne, winning the closest race to the top since the chart premiered. (Trainor gains by 181 percent in overall points, while Swift slips by 11 percent.) With 92,000 in pure album sales for 1989 in the tracking week, album sales continue to be Swift’s top Artist 100 contributor (36 percent).
Ed Sheeran drops 2-3 on the Artist 100, while Maroon 5 blasts 11-4, as its new single “Sugar” shoots onto the Hot 100 at No. 8. (The band topped the Artist 100 for two weeks in September, then powered most heavily by the arrival of its album V atop the Billboard 200.) As the group gains by 80 percent in overall Artist 100 points, digital songs sales account for its greatest share (42 percent), as “Sugar” debuts at No. 4 on the Digital Songs chart with 150,000 downloads sold.
Mark Ronson rounds out the Artist 100’s top five, lifting from No. 8 to a new peak of No. 5. Even as his album Uptown Special debuts on Top Album Sales at No. 6 with 30,000 sold, digital song sales mark his top Artist 100 contributor (50 percent), with “Uptown Funk!” the top Digital Gainer on the Hot 100 (which it leads for a third week) with a 17 percent gain to 400,000 sold. Album sales follow at 24 percent.
In other highlights in the Artist 100’s top 10, Kidz Bop Kids post the chart’s biggest vault so far, flying 90 notches to No. 9 as its album Kidz Bop 27 starts with 77,000 sold (accounting for essentially all its Artist 100 points). Meanwhile, Fall Out Boy reaches the top 10 (13-10) for the first time, driven most strongly by digital sales for its single “Centuries” (111,000, up 13 percent). The band will challenge Trainor for the Artist 100’s top spot next week, when its album American Beauty/American Psycho should storm onto the Billboard 200 at No. 1.