“Taylor Swift narrowly defeats Shawn Mendes for the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated May 2). Swift remains at the summit over Mendes, whose debut album Handwritten enters at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales charts… Despite a 15 percent downturn in activity, Swift rules the Artist 100 for a 23rd week, easily the most of any act since the chart’s July 2014 inception.”
Billboard notes that Shawn Mendes, who will be touring with Taylor Swift, vaulted up from No. 95 to No. 2. His rise on the list is due to his album Handwritten hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart this week. It is a possibility that Mendes will overtake Taylor Swift next week.
However, in terms of other female artists, Ms. Swift is far ahead on the list. Meghan Trainor is at No. 9, Ariana Grande is at No. 12, Nicki Minaj is No. 13, and Rihanna is No. 15. However, there is a little bit of bad news for Taylor Swift, as she drops out of the top five on the album chart for the first time in 25 weeks. She sold 38,000 albums this week, down 13 percent from last week. If Taylor Swift put her album on Spotify, she would no doubt still be in the top five. 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.”
Taylor Swift’s 1989 album has produced two number one singles, “Shake it Off” and “Blank Space.” Her latest single, “Style,” has peaked at No. 6. Swift’s next single will likely be “Bad Blood,” and a video for the song has already been filmed, according to Billboard. Let’s hope Taylor Swift’s new single can push 1989 back into the top five on Billboard‘s album chart.
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