2016: The Year in Charts

Jason Aldean, Lady Gaga & The Beatles Make Moves on Billboard Artist 100

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Lady Gaga photographed on Sept. 12, 2016 in New York City.

Aldean returns to the top, while Gaga & The Beatles hit new highs.

Jason Aldean is the top musical act in the United States, claiming the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 1).

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.

Jason Aldean Achieves Third Straight No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

Aldean rockets from No. 49 to the top of the Artist 100 with a 592 percent surge in overall activity. Ninety percent of his points are from album sales, as his new set, They Don't Know, launches at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 131,000 copies sold in the week ending Sept. 15, according to Nielsen Music. On the consumption-based Billboard 200, the album starts on top with 138,000 equivalent album units.

Aldean first topped the Artist 100 dated Oct. 25, 2014, when his prior album, Old Boots, New Dirt, also bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Twenty One Pilots hold at their No. 2 high on the Artist 100; Drake dips 1-3 after 22 weeks on top, the most among male artists; The Chainsmokers descend to No. 4 from their No. 3 peak; and Rihanna caps the top five (4-5).

Lady Gaga's 'Perfect Illusion' Makes Its Hot 100 Debut

Just beyond the Artist 100's top 10, Lady Gaga leaps to a new best rank, flying 67-13 (besting her prior No. 15 peak, first set in 2014). Digital song sales mark her greatest share of Artist 100 points, as her new single "Perfect Illusion" soars onto the Digital Songs chart at No. 2 (and the Pop Digital Songs chart at No. 1) with 100,000 first-week copies sold. As previously reported, the song debuts at No. 15 on the Hot 100.

The Beatles Earn 32nd Top 10 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Live at the Hollywood Bowl'

Directly below Gaga on the Artist 100, The Beatles hit new heights, re-entering at No. 14; they had previously charted at a high of No. 20 in January. Their rank is driven almost entirely from album sales (98 percent of their sum), as their new Live at the Hollywood Bowl enters Top Album Sales at No. 4 (35,000) and the Billboard 200 at No. 7 (36,000). The set is The Beatles' 32nd Billboard 200 top 10, the fourth-best total in the chart's 60-year history as a weekly ranking. The Rolling Stones lead with 36 Billboard 200 top 10s, followed by Barbra Streisand (34) and Frank Sinatra (33).

Check out this week's entire Artist 100 here.