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Taylor Swift Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Fall Out Boy Flies to No. 2

While Swift blocks Fall Out Boy from the summit, the band reaches a new high, soaring 10-2 thanks to the debut of its new album.

Despite an 8 percent drop in activity, Taylor Swift returns to the top of the Billboard Artist 100 (2-1), logging a record-extending 14th week at the summit (dating to the chart’s July 2014 inception).

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.

Fall Out Boy Scores Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

Swift fends off Fall Out Boy, which vaults 10-2 (marking a new peak), powered by the arrival of its album American Beauty/American Psycho. The band roars by 207 percent in overall Artist 100 points, with 80 percent of its total from album purchases, as the new set bows at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 192,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. (It starts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 218,000 album equivalent units.)

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Ed Sheeran holds at No. 3; Meghan Trainor dips 1-4 after leading chart last week when her debut full-length Title topped the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales; and Maroon 5 retreats 4-5.

In other Artist 100 highlights, Marilyn Manson enters at No. 18 powered by his new album, The Pale Emperor. The set, which accounts for 95 percent of the rock vet’s ranking, enters Top Album Sales at No. 6 with 49,000 sold.

Meanwhile, Flo Rida reaches the Artist 100 for the first time, debuting at No. 93 on the strength of his single “G.D.F.R.” (featuring Sage the Gemini and Lookas). Digital Songs sales account for the majority of his Artist 100 standing (61 percent), as the track bullets at No. 4 on Rap Digital Songs with a 6 percent gain to 50,000 downloads sold. Streaming follows at 30 percent, with the single rising 10-8 on Rap Streaming Songs (3.8 million U.S. streams, up 13 percent).

Fueling its streaming activity, the video for “G.D.F.R.” (up 38-34 on the Hot 100) features Flo Rida as a basketball coach who, well, maybe leads his team to a win? (See video above to find out.) The Miami Heat’s Udonis Haslem appears in the clip, as does venerable Miami rap act 2 Live Crew.