David Bowie Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

David Bowie performing in Europe on July 20, 2005.
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David Bowie performing in Europe on July 20, 2005.

Given his domination on so many Billboard charts, it shouldn't come as a surprise that David Bowie is the top musical act in the U.S. Following consumer activity after the rock icon's death Jan. 10, Bowie blasts onto the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Jan. 30) at No. 1.

The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, 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.

Album sales easily mark Bowie's greatest Artist 100 points contributor (70 percent), followed by digital song sales (14 percent), streaming (12 percent) and social reaction (4 percent). (He is the first act to top the chart posthumously, dating to the list's July 2014 origin. He's also the first artist to debut at No. 1 since Future flew in at the top spot on Aug. 8 last year, powered by the arrival on Billboard charts of his album DS2.)

As previously reported, Bowie's farewell album Blackstar, released Jan. 8 (his birthday, and two days before his passing), begins at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, marking Bowie's first-ever leader on the chart, with 181,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 14, according to Nielsen Music. The set starts on Top Album Sales with 174,000 in traditional album sales.

As for other Bowie feats, click here for his most-streamed and top-selling songs last week. Bowie additionally boasts a record 21 titles on the Hot Rock Songs chart; lands his first top 40 hit on the Hot 100 since 1987; and monopolizes every position on the LyricFind Global chart. Meanwhile, sales of Bowie's album and song catalog rose by more than 5,000 percent in the tracking week.

Below Bowie on the Artist 100, Justin Bieber retreats to No. 2 after logging three total weeks at the summit. Adele dips 2-3, The Weeknd holds at No. 4 and Drake drops 3-5.

Check out the entire Artist 100 here.


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