Madonna bursts onto the Billboard Artist 100 chart at No. 7, fueled by sales of her new album Rebel Heart. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift holds at No. 1, logging a record-extending 19th week at the summit.
The Artist 100 is the first weekly survey 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.
The Queen of Pop arrives on the Artist 100 with almost all (97 percent) of her chart activity from album sales. As previously reported, Rebel Heart bows at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 116,000 in traditional album sales in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music. (It starts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 130,000 equivalent album units earned.)
Madonna is up by 2,919 percent in overall Artist 100 points. She also gains by 31 percent in social reaction.
Thus, more than three decades into her legendary career, Madonna hits the top 10 on yet another chart; the Artist 100 launched last July.