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XXXTentacion Leads Billboard Artist 100 for First Time, Sparked by '?' Debut

Jack McKain


Plus, Scotty McCreery soars to the top 10.

XXXTentacion vaults 22-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated March 31) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by the arrival of his new album, ?.

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.

? debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts with 131,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, earning the singer/rapper his first No. 1 on both surveys. He also lands seven songs from the release on the Billboard Hot 100, with "Sad!" placing highest, leaping 19-7 to become his first top 10.

Streaming accounts for the majority of XXXTentacion's Artist 100 points (61 percent), followed by album sales (23 percent).

The achievements, however, accompany video footage of XXXTentacion appearing to strike a woman that surfaced online. The 20-year-old is also currently awaiting trial for aggravated battery of a pregnant woman, domestic battery by strangulation, false imprisonment and witness-tampering. He is also facing 15 further felony counts relating to the case and was under house arrest from late December through March 21.

Metallica surges 31-2 on the Artist 100 as its album Hardwired…To Self-Destruct jumps 42-2 on the Billboard 200, fueled by sales generated from a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer for the next leg of the band's WorldWired Tour.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Ed Sheeran dips 2-3, Drake falls 3-4 and Imagine Dragons drop 4-5.

Meanwhile, Scotty McCreery leaps 54-8 on the Artist 100, entering the top 10 for the first time, as his Seasons Change arrives at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 40,000 units. The set earns McCreery, the 2011 winner of American Idol, his third Top Country Albums No. 1.

Among other Artist 100 moves, Shawn Mendes surges 43-15, as his new single "In My Blood" debuts on the Hot 100 at No. 72 after one day of streaming and sales tracking, and The Decemberists re-enter at No. 18, a new peak, as their I'll Be Your Girl opens at No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums, No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 9 on the Billboard 200 (30,000 units).

Check out this week's full Artist 100 chart here.