Taylor Swift logs week No. 22, a favorite number of hers, as the top music act in the U.S., as she remains atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 25). Meanwhile, Wiz Khalifa rockets 23-3 as his “See You Again,” from the Furious 7 soundtrack, bounds 10-1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The Artist 100 is the first weekly survey dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard’s most influential charts, including the 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.
Despite an 8 percent downturn in activity, Swift scores her latest week at No. 1 on the Artist 100. She holds the record for most time on top, far ahead of Sam Smith (three weeks), dating to the chart’s July 2014 inception.
Maroon 5 keeps at No. 2 on the Artist 100, while Khalifa blasts to his highest rank. The rapper sports a 149 percent gain in activity, with two-thirds of his total owed to digital song sales. “Again” spends a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with a 176 percent gain to 464,000 downloads sold in the week ending April 12, according to Nielsen Music. Streaming follows (21 percent), as “Again” vaults 26-1 on Streaming Songs (25 million, up 510 percent) following the April 6 premiere of the song’s official video, which fetes late Furious franchise star Paul Walker.
(Charlie Puth, featured on the Hot 100’s new No. 1, likewise surges on the Artist 100, hurtling 95-30.)
Among other notable Artist 100 action, alt band All Time Low debuts at No. 7 as its album Future Hearts debuts at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 75,000 copies sold; indie folk act Lord Huron begins at No. 59 on the Artist 100, fueled by its No. 10 debut on Top Album Sales with Strange Trails (18,000); and pop icon and Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson bows at No. 79 on the Artist 100 as his new album No Pier Pressure sails in at No. 14 on Top Album Sales. The set includes collaborations with the legendary group’s Al Jardine and David Marks, as well as Kacey Musgraves?, Nate Ruess and She & Him.