It might be easier simply to mention the charts that Taylor Swift doesn’t lead this week.
Swift is the top music act in the U.S. for a second week, holding at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100. She reigns again as her new album, 1989, blasts onto the Billboard 200 with 1.287 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She also returns (2-1) for a third frame atop the Billboard Hot 100 with lead 1989 single “Shake It Off.”
Notably, Swift is the first act to crown the Artist 100, Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in the same week (dating to the Artist 100’s July launch).
The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard‘s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Billboard 200 albums chart 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.
Album sales, including those for her other full-lengths, contribute 79 percent of Swift’s Artist 100 points. She scores a 316 percent increase in overall points — and leads runner-up Meghan Trainor (3-2) by an incredible nearly 10-to-1 points margin.
Swift is also the first woman to rule the Artist 100 in back-to-back weeks. Among all acts, Sam Smith and Maroon 5 previously linked successive No. 1 frames. With Smith subsequently returning to the top for a third week, Swift joins him as the only acts who have led the Artist 100 for as many as three weeks so far.
Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five below Swift and Trainor, Maroon 5 rebounds 4-3, while Smith reverses course 5-4. Sam Hunt vaults 61-5, gaining by 268 percent in points as his debut album Montevallo starts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums with 70,000 sold.
Reinforcing the variety of acts that can chart on the Artist 100 in a given week, Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers debut at No. 93, thanks to the annual resurgence of their signature Halloween hit “Monster Mash.” Digital sales of the spooky single, which topped the Hot 100 for two weeks in October 1962 (while a remake by the group reached No. 10 in 1973), account for 74 percent of the act’s Artist 100 points. The graveyard smash re-enters Digital Songs at No. 32 with a 204 percent increase to 36,000 downloads sold.
View the complete Billboard Artist 100 chart here and in the new issue of Billboard magazine (dated Nov. 15), on sale tomorrow (Nov. 7).