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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Debut Atop Artist 100

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers top the bewly arrived Artist 100 chart, with Sam Smith and Iggy Azalea close at his heels.

2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers debut at No. 1 on the Artist 100, posting quite a contrast in age and career span with last week’s chart champion, 5 Seconds of Summer, which slips 6-1.
The list, launched three weeks ago, provides the first-ever weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard‘s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50, among others. The Artist 100 is modeled after the formula utilized to compile Billboard‘s annual Year in Music Top Artist list (as well as the Billboard Music Awards Artist of the Year category), blending information from album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly, multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Tom Petty Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

Petty & The Heartbreakers’ Hypnotic Eye arrived atop the Billboard 200, selling 131,000 copies in the week ending Aug. 3, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the best debut sales week for Petty since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Also adding to the band’s Artist 100 sum is 4,000 in sales for its 1993 Greatest Hits album which jumps 147-71 on the Billboard 200. With limited airplay options for a classic rock act such as Petty, and a target demo not adept at streaming or downloading tracks, it’s not surprising that nearly all of the group’s Artist 100 points are derived from album sales.
Two-week chart champion Sam Smith holds at No. 2 for a second consecutive week (up 3 percent in overall points). His track “Stay With Me” hits a new Hot 100 peak, climbing 3-2, while album In the Lonely Hour dips 4-7 on the Billboard 200 with 30,000 (down 5 percent). Smith’s strongest source of points are track download sales with 32 percent, with radio airplay second overall at 28 percent. Both song sums include Smith’s featured turns on Disclosure’s “Latch” and Naughty Boy’s “La La La.” (An act in a featured role claims a smaller portion of a song’s overall points than the lead act for purposes of the Artist 100’s tabulation.)


Iggy Azalea holds at No. 3 (down 2 percent), while her “Problem” partner Ariana Grande moves up 5-4 (up 22 percent), aided by the No. 6 Hot 100 debut for “Bang Bang” on which she is co-billed with Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. The song shifted 230,000 downloads in the week ending Aug. 3 — the second biggest bow of the year (following Grande’s “Problem,” with 438,000 in the week ending May 4). With three songs in the top 15 of the Hot 100 and an highly anticipated album My Everything on the way on August 25, Grande could possibly to top the Artist 100 on September 4. Having no current album contributing to her chart tally, album sales account for just 4 percent, less than her social points — Grande holds at No. 4 on the Social 50 chart — which account for 11 percent.

Maroon 5 enters the top 10 of the Artist 100 for the first time in the young chart’s five-week existence, rising 13-5, up 58 percent. The band’s “Maps” reaches a new peak on Digital Songs (7-3) and posts a weekly sales high of 139,000 (up 35 percent). Meanwhile, “It Was Always You,” a second preview track from Maroon 5’s upcoming V album (due September 2), debuts at No. 10 on Digital Songs with 95,000.                                                       

With an expected second week sales decline of its self-titled album (54,000, down 79 percent), 5 Seconds of Summer slips 1-6 on the Artist 100 (down 68 percent), ahead of MAGIC! which drops 4-7 (down 2 percent). Florida Georgia Line, the only country act in the top 10, retreats one spot to No. 8 with a miniscule point decrease.

MAGIC! Maintains No. 1 Perch on Hot 100

Vine star-turned-major-label singer Shawn Mendes debuts at No. 9 thanks to the arrival of his self-titled debut EP, selling 48,000. Album sales account for 77 percent of Mendes’ Artist 100 sum, with track sales second at 18%.

Katy Perry returns to the top 10 (11-10, up 1 percent) having slipped out of the upper tier for the first time last week. She rebounds thanks the chart arrival of “This is How We Do,” the fifth proper single from her 2013 album PRISM. The song debuts at No. 34 on Streaming Songs, posting a hefty 273 percent increase in weekly streaming activity after its lyric video (July 24) and official video (July 31) were released a week apart. With a full week of streams for the former clip and a partial frame for the latter (our tracking week closed on August 3), “Do” posts 2.4 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen BDS, with 95 percent coming from Vevo on YouTube clicks. The track also debuts on the Hot 100, at No. 88, her 23rd chart entry on that list.