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Sam Smith takes over atop the landmark new Billboard Artist 100 chart, rising 2-1.
The list, which launched last week, 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 modelled after the formula utilised to compile our 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.
British pop newcomer Smith surges 2-1 on the Artist 100, displacing inaugural champion Trey Songz, who dips 1-8 as the latter’s album ‘Trigga’ tumbles 1-4 on the Billboard 200 with 35,000 sold (down 66 percent), according to Nielsen SoundScan. Meanwhile, Smith holds at No 3 on the Billboard 200 with “In the Lonely Hour” (42,000, minus just 6 percent) and is stationary on the Hot 100 at No 5 with his set’s lead single “Stay With Me,” the Hot 100’s top Airplay Gainer (125 million in all-format radio audience, up 13 percent, according to Nielsen BDS). Of Smith’s overall Artist 100 chart points, 36 percent are from album sales and 35 percent from track sales.