Taylor Swift vaults from No. 19 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 26), leading for a record-extending 42nd week, thanks to her new LP Evermore.
The set soars in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 329,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, earning Swift her eighth No. 1 and second this year, after Folklore in August.
All 15 songs from the standard edition of Evermore concurrently debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, led by “Willow” at No. 1. The song is Swift’s seventh leader and also her second this year, after “Cardigan.”
Swift has tallied the most weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, dating to the chart’s 2014 launch. Drake ranks second with 31 frames on top, followed by The Weeknd (20) and BTS and Ariana Grande (15 each).
Meanwhile, Kid Cudi re-enters at No. 2, reaching a new peak on the strength of his new studio album Man on the Moon III: The Chosen, which opens at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 144,000 units.
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.