Swift stays atop the chart — with a nearly 10-to-1 lead in points over runner-up Meghan Trainor.
It might be easier simply to mention the charts that Taylor Swift doesn’t lead this week.
Swift is the top music act in the U.S. for a second week, holding at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100. She reigns again as her new album, 1989, blasts onto the Billboard 200 with 1.287 million sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. She also returns (2-1) for a third frame atop the Billboard Hot 100 with lead 1989 single “Shake It Off.”
Notably, Swift is the first act to crown the Artist 100, Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in the same week (dating to the Artist 100’s July launch).
The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard’s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Billboard 200 albums chart 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.
Album sales, including those for her other full-lengths, contribute 79 percent of Swift’s Artist 100 points. She scores a 316 percent increase in overall points — and leads runner-up Meghan Trainor (3-2) by an incredible nearly 10-to-1 points margin.