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The Weeknd Tops Billboard Artist 100 Chart for 10th Week

A still from the “Starboy” music video.
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A still from the “Starboy” music video.

The Weeknd becomes the fifth act to reign for double-digit weeks. Plus, The Rolling Stones reach the top five.

The Weeknd is the top musical act in the U.S., spending a 10th total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 24). Plus, The Rolling Stones re-enter at a new high of No. 5, thanks to the debut of their new album.

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 (which launched in July 2014) 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.

As The Weeknd remains atop the Artist 100, he joins four other acts that have led the list for at least 10 weeks in the chart's brief history:

Most Weeks at No. 1 on Artist 100
31, Taylor Swift
23, Drake
11, Justin Bieber
10, Adele
10, The Weeknd

Streaming accounts for the greatest share of The Weeknd's Artist 100 chart points (47 percent), followed by digital song sales (20 percent) and album sales (18 percent). A week ago, he vaulted 5-1, logging his first week on top since Oct. 31, 2015, as his new album Starboy launched atop the Billboard 200 (with 348,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music) and Top Album Sales (209,000 copies sold). In its second week, the set sports totals of 151,000 (down 57 percent) and 54,000 (down 74 percent), respectively. Meanwhile, the album's title-cut lead single spends a seventh week at its No. 2 Hot 100 high.

The acts at Nos. 2-4 on the Artist 100, respectively, stay in place from last week: Pentatonix, Bruno Mars and Drake.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, The Rolling Stones re-enter at No. 5, surpassing their prior No. 17 highpoint. The rock legends return as their new album, Blue & Lonesome, starts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 (123,000), where it's their record-extending 37th top 10; it opens at No. 2 on Top Album Sales (120,000), with album sales driving 98 percent of the group's Artist 100 rank.

Check out this week's entire Artist 100 here.