BTS jumps from No. 5 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated March 6), ruling for a 16th total week, thanks to a new deluxe edition of the group's LP Be, dubbed the "essential edition."
The set leaps from No. 74 to No. 7 on the Billboard 200, after debuting at No. 1 in December, with 36,000 equivalent album units (up 254%), according to MRC Data. Of that sum, 28,000 are in album sales, helping Be return to No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart for a third total week on top, BTS' longest reign on the ranking.
(No additional tracks were added to the essential edition of Be, which sells for $30.98 on BTS' official U.S. webstore. The essential edition offers different packaging and internal paper goods, including one randomized collectible photocard, from Be's original CD release, which arrived selling for $50.98 with more paper goods, although none were randomized.)
BTS extends its record for the most weeks spent atop the Artist 100 among duos/groups and holds fourth place among all acts, dating to the chart's 2014 launch.
Most Weeks at No. 1 on Artist 100
46, Taylor Swift
20, The Weeknd
15, Ariana Grande
14, Post Malone
12, Justin Bieber
12, Ed Sheeran
10, Billie Eilish
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
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