“Taylor Swift tallies a record-extending 21st week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 (dated April 18). Meanwhile, Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth make big gains as their ‘See You Again,’ from the Furious 7 soundtrack, rockets into the Billboard Hot 100’s top 10…With a 1 percent gain in activity, Swift notches her latest week as the top act in the U.S. Maroon 5 rises 3-2, followed in the top five by Ed Sheeran (4-3), Sam Smith (6-4) and Drake (5-5).”
Where are the other female performers? Meghan Trainor is at No. 10, while Rihanna, whose latest single is flopping, is at No. 11. Nicki Minaj is at No. 12, while Ariana Grande is at No. 13. Beyoncé is at No. 24, but at least she’s moving up. All of them will have a difficult time topping the new Queen of Pop, Taylor Swift.
In fact, Taylor Swift is so hot right now that Apple is trying to steal her away from Jay-Z’s Tidal service and use her for Apple’s Beats Music Streaming service. Bloomberg explains Apple’s attempt at getting Swift.
“The company’s in talks with the British group, which is set to release an album in June, about giving Apple limited streaming rights to a track, and has approached Taylor Swift and others about partnerships, according to people familiar with the matter. The idea is that exclusives will be bait for music lovers loathe to pay for subscriptions.”
Taylor Swift has banned her music from the most popular music streaming service, Spotify. Time Magazine recently asked Taylor Swift why she left the popular music streaming service.
“Well, they can still listen to my music if they get it on iTunes. I’m always up for trying something. And I tried it and I didn’t like the way it felt. I think there should be an inherent value placed on art. I didn’t see that happening, perception-wise, when I put my music on Spotify. Everybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things. They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales.”
Even though Billboard has updated their chart methods to include streaming from Spotify for their Billboard 200 album chart, Swift’s album chart position has barely been affected. In fact, Taylor Swift’s 1989 is still in the top five after almost six months.
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