Kendrick Lamar Continues Reign Atop Billboard Artist 100

Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella on April 23, 2017 in Indio, Calif.
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Kendrick Lamar performs at Coachella on April 23, 2017 in Indio, Calif. 

The rapper spends his third straight week atop the list, as 'DAMN.' holds at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Kendrick Lamar spends his third consecutive week as the top musical act in the U.S, holding the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated May 20).

The Artist 100 (which launched in July 2014) 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.

Lamar earns his fifth total week atop the Artist 100, thanks in large part to his latest LP DAMN., which posts its third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 173,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 4, according to Nielsen Music. On last week's Artist 100, album sales earned Lamar his largest share of Artist 100 points (45 percent), followed by streaming (35 percent). This week, they reverse, as streaming marks his greatest points contributor (40 percent), followed by album sales (36 percent). The set's "Humble." ranks at No. 2 (after four weeks at No. 1) on the Streaming Songs chart with 54.2 million U.S. streams in the tracking week.

Below Lamar on the Artist 100, Gorillaz vault from No. 94 to a new No. 2 high, as their album Humanz debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (140,000 units). Among other highlights in the Artist 100's top 10, Mary J. Blige re-enters at No. 6, also a new best, as her latest LP Strength of a Woman opens at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (78,000), and DJ Khaled rockets 73-8 as his new all-star collab "I'm the One," featuring Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance The Rapper and Lil Wayne, debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Check out this week's full Artist 100 here.


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