Drake Spends 18th Week at No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, Gucci Mane Debuts in Top 10

Jonathan Mannion
Gucci Mane

Drake rules the chart for an 18th week, while Gucci Mane debuts at No. 6, marking the rapper’s first Artist 100 appearance.

Drake’s reign atop the Billboard Artist 100 chart continues for a third week in a row and 18th overall as the rapper holds down the No. 1 spot on the chart dated Aug. 13.
 
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard’s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, 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.
 
Drake's 18th week at No. 1 comes concurrently with a 12th nonconsecutive week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for his album Views, which leads with 85,000 equivalent units. The rapper also remains inside the top five of the Hot 100 with "One Dance," though the single slips to No. 3 after previously leading the chart for 10 weeks (including for nine in a row).
 
With his 18th week atop the Artist 100, Drake extends his record for most weeks at No. 1 on the chart among solo males; Justin Bieber is second with 11 weeks at No. 1. Among all acts, only Taylor Swift has led longer than Drake: 31 weeks.
 
Of the rapper’s Artist 100 chart points this week, 40 percent comes from streaming (down 3 percent from the previous week, dated Aug. 6), 20 percent from digital song sales, 20 percent from radio airplay and 15 percent from album sales.
 
Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five: the same players as a week ago, as Twenty One Pilots (No. 2), Rihanna (No. 3), Justin Bieber (No. 4) and Adele (No. 5) maintain the same order for a second week in a row.

Ariana Grande's Billboard Cover 

The week’s big debut belongs to Gucci Mane. The rapper starts at No. 6 upon the release of Everybody Looking, his first studio album in over five years and first since being released from a two-and-a-half-year stint in prison. Alongside debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 – his highest debut and peak ever – the rapper reaches the Artist 100’s top 10 with three-fourths of his chart points coming from album sales. 
 
The other move into the top 10 comes for Ariana Grande, who rises 11-10 after a 12 percent gain in chart points for the week stemming partially from a 47 percent bump in overall album sales. However, it’s her social media presence that leads the way from an overall points perspective, with 28 percent owed to social media fan interaction. Grande last reached the Artist 100’s top 10 on the July 16-dated chart at No. 9.
 
Right outside the top 10, Major Lazer swoops back into the Artist 100 at No. 12, re-entering after last appearing on the Nov. 28, 2015-dated chart. It marks a new peak for the electronic group, which previously rose to No. 43 (chart dated June 20, 2015), and occurs after its new single “Cold Water,” featuring Justin Bieber and MO, debuts at No. 2 on the Hot 100. 
 
Check out this week’s entire Artist 100 here.

Billboard Hot 100 Fest 2016