Elite 100: Ed Sheeran Takes Top, Imagine Dragons Join Top 5

Ed Sheeran, after already claiming the most-consumed album of 2017 with Divide, is on top of the Elite 100 Artists Chart this week as his single “Perfect” has been re-released with features from Andrea Bocelli and Beyoncé.

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Ed Sheeran strums a tune at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 29.

Holding strong at No. 2 on the chart is Taylor Swift, who claims the most album sales for the week at 32,000 according to BuzzAngle Music. Not far behind her is Eminem at No. 3, who released his new Revival album Dec. 15 and was just announced as headliner for Coachella in California, Governors Ball in New York and,  just this morning, Bonnaroo. 

Pollstar, with the BuzzAngle Music-powered Elite 100 Artists Chart, gives a snapshot of the week’s top-selling artists based on music sales and streaming, counting data from the U.S. and Canada. 
All product, not just current releases, by that artist are included in the figures and the total for ranking purposes is based on an album sale equaling one with ten song sales or 1,500 on-demand stream also equaling one album.

New to the top of the chart this week is No. 5 Imagine Dragons who just released a new version of their “Thunder” track featuring Khalid, whose Roxy Tour in 2018 has the Cara Lewis Group client playing theatres.

Imagine Dragons just wrapped up their own major headline arena tour with K. Flay in support, with the year’s touring putting the band at No. 55 on Pollstar’s Year End Top 200 North American Tours feature, grossing $24.8 million. Individual reports submitted to Pollstar include 12,078 tickets sold to Honda Center in Anaheim, which grossed $766,675 Nov. 16, a sold-out 11,810 tickets to Toyota Center in Houston Nov. 12, which grossed $910,308, and 11,112 tickets sold to Philips Arena in Atlanta, which grossed $702,861. 

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Imagine Dragons Dan Reynolds performs with Khalid during the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles Nov. 19.

After NF’s No. 1 album debut in October with Perception, the Michigan-based rapper is creeping back up the Elite 100 Artists Chart at No. 24, with single “Let You Down” gaining momentum and 15 million views on YouTube.

NF has 61 dates on the books for 2018 taking in large rooms like the Tabernacle in Atlanta, two nights at House of Blues Chicago, and a full European leg taking him into May.

He was already a workhorse on the road the last couple of years, with box office reports submitted to Pollstar including 1,278 tickets sold to The Pageant in St. Louis April 25, 1,389 to Emo’s in Austin April 22, and a sold-out Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, Okla., with 1,732 tickets and $38,647 grossed. NF is booked by Jeff Krones at CAA.

K-pop stars BTS continue to make noise away from home, after appearing on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, and are No. 33 on the Elite 100 Artists Chart this week.  The appeal has translated to ticket sales in the U.S., with two shows sold out at Prudential Center in New Jersey March 23-24, with 22,612 tickets and $3.35 million grossed according to Pollstar. They also sold 11,023 tickets to Qudos Bank Arena May 26, and 15,327 tickets March 19-20 at Citbank Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil, which grossed $1.2 million.

With BTS member RM recently appearing on a Fall Out Boy remix, it’ll be interesting to see what BTS has in store for 2018. BTS is managed by Big Hit Entertainment in Seoul, South Korea.