Taylor Swift No. 1 on Artist 100 for 13th Week, Prince Royce Debuts
Singer-songwriter Prince Royce poses for a portrait during the iHeartRadio Fiesta Latina festival presented by Sprint at The Forum on November 22, 2014 in Inglewood, California. Swift matches her total weeks on top to her favorite number. Plus, Prince Royce arrives thanks to the fast-building success of his first English-language hit. Taylor Swift continues atop the Billboard Artist 100, upping her record total weeks at No. 1 to 13 (her favorite number, of course). Meanwhile, Latin superstar Prince Royce roars onto the Artist 100 at No. 78, boosted by the budding success of his first English-language hit, “Stuck On a Feeling,” featuring Snoop Dogg. 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, Top Album Sales 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. Atop the Artist 100, as Swift’s 1989 crowns the Top Album Sales chart for a ninth week with 111,000 sold; album sales mark her top Artist 100 contributor (45 percent). Digital song sales follow at 27 percent. Prince Royce roars onto the Artist 100 thanks to “Stuck,” which, belying its title, shifts into high gear on the Hot 100, jumping 78-63 in its third week on the chart. Social metrics account for the majority of his Artist 100 standing (41 percent), as he blasts 38-13 on the Social 50. Airplay follows at 29 percent, as the track gains by 19 percent to 29 million in all-format radio audience, according to Nielsen Music. Digital song sales account for 19 percent of his Artist 100 total, with the song up by 33 percent to 21,000 sold in the week ending Jan. 11. “Stuck” previews Prince Royce’s forthcoming first English-language album. He’s tallied three No. 1s on Top Latin Albums beginning in 2011. Meanwhile, Hozier reaches the Artist 100’s top five for the first time (6-5). Digital song sales account for the majority (42 percent) of the Irish singer/songwriter’s activity on the chart. In another Artist 100 highlight, Mark Ronson reaches the top 10 (13-8), fueled by “Uptown Funk!,” featuring Bruno Mars, which leads the Hot 100 for a second week. Digital song sales drive two-thirds of Ronson’s Artist 100 activity. Following the arrival of his album Uptown Special on next week’s Billboard 200, he should further challenge for the Artist 100’s top spot. Joining Swift, Hozier and Ronson in the Artist 100’s top 10, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and Nicki Minaj hold at Nos. 2-4, respectively. Meghan Trainor dips 5-6; Rae Sremmurd blasts 29-7 as its debut album, SremmLife, enters the Billboard 200 at No. 5; Ariana Grande slips 8-9; and Beyonce stays at No. 10.