Adele Tops Billboard Artist 100; Shawn Mendes & 5 Seconds of Summer Upsurge
Fueled by the continuing success of record 25 and its lead single Hello, Adele is again the top musical act in the U.S., keeping at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Jan. 16).
The Artist 100 measures musician action across the most powerful charts of Billboard, including the Societal 50, Top Record Sales as well as the Billboard Hot 100 tunes graph. The Musician 100 combinations information quantifying streaming, radio airplay, record and track sales and social networking enthusiast interaction to give a weekly multidimensional position of artist popularity.
Adele leads the Artist 100 for an eighth total (and sixth straight) week, tying The Weeknd for the second-longest reign since the graph premiered in July 2014. They trail the leader with 31 weeks, Taylor Swift at the summit.
Here is a look at the acts to direct the Artist 100 the longest:
31 weeks, Taylor Swift
8 weeks, Adele
8 weeks, The Weeknd
6 weeks, Drake
3 weeks, Sam Smith
As previously reported, 25 tallies a sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Record Sales, earning 363,000 same record units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 31 (down 70 percent), according to Nielsen Music; of that total, 307,000 were pure record sales (down 74 percent). 25 sold 7.44 million copies in the U.S. through the week ending Dec. 31 and ends 2015 as the top-selling record of the year.
Adele's Hello, plus earns the rare honour of topping the Hot 100 for a 10th week. As in the last week, record sales continue to indicate Adele's best metric on the Artist 100 (63 percent). Digital tune sales follow at 16 percent, with Hello upward by 88 percent to 327,000 downloads sold in the monitoring week (most tunes got greatly in the monitoring week, presumably helped by the redemption of iTunes gift cards received as holiday gifts). !
Below Adele on the Artist 100, Justin Bieber holds at No. 2; Drake (4-3) and The Weeknd (3-4) swap places; Swift lumps 6-5; and Twenty One Pilots return to the top 10 (11-6) for the first time since they peaked at No. 2 in June, when their record Blurryface bowed atop the Billboard 200 and Top Record Sales, as Stressed Out also successes the Hot 100's top 10.
Shawn Mendes additionally returns to the Artist 100's top 10 (14-10), powered by the success of his Hot 100 top 10 Stitches and followup I Know What You Did Last Summer, the latter with Fifth Harmony's Camila Cabello. Mendes limit by 52 percent in total action, led by a 193 increase in digital tune sales. Stitches increases by 171 percent to 140,000 sold, while Summer also sizzles (92,000, up 133 percent). On the Hot 100, Stitches rallies 8-6, after reaching No. 4, and Summer hits a new high (33-28). !
Meanwhile, 5 Seconds of Summer reenter the Artist 100 at No. 48 (up 94 percent). The group rockets to a 650 percent increase in download sales, including a 184 percent blast (to 6,000) for present single Hey Everybody! 5SOS also sports a 57 percent increase in social activity, and soars 18-13 on the Societal 50, following its disclosing new Rolling Stone cover story (and likewise showing picture). !
Take a look at the complete Artist 100 here.