Women in Music 2019

Post Malone Returns to No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart, While R.E.M. Has a 'Monster' Week

ISSUE 23 2018 - DO NOT USE!!!! - ISSUE OUT OCT. 11, 2018
Sami Drasin
Post Malone photographed on Sept. 24, 2018 at The Paramour Estate in Los Angeles.

Post ties Ed Sheeran for the fifth-most weeks spent atop the tally.

Rebounding from No. 2, Post Malone logs his 12th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, leading as the top musical act in the U.S. (on the list dated Nov. 16).

The singer/rapper reigns as his LP Hollywood's Bleeding returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for a fifth week. Notably, it's the first album to log at least five weeks at No. 1 since Drake's Scorpion in July-August 2018.

Hollywood's Bleeding leads the Billboard 200 with 78,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, while four songs from the set appear on the Billboard Hot 100, led by "Circles," up to a new high at No. 2.

With his 12th week at No. 1, Post ties Ed Sheeran for the fifth-most weeks spent at No. 1, dating to the Artist 100's 2014 launch. Taylor Swift holds the record with 37 weeks at the summit, followed by Drake (31), The Weeknd (15) and Ariana Grande (13).

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.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Miranda Lambert re-enters at No. 2, a new peak as her latest LP Wildcard arrives at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and No. 4 on the Billboard 200 (53,000 units); Kanye West dips to No. 3 from No. 1Billie Eilish rises 5-4; and Lizzofalls 4-5.

Elsewhere on the Artist 100, R.E.M. debuts at No. 91, thanks to a 25th anniversary deluxe reissue of the band's classic album Monster. The set, which generated the Alternative Songs No. 1s "What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" and "Bang and Blame," originally spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 beginning upon its debut on Oct. 15, 1994, and re-enters the latest ranking at No. 115 with 7,000 units earned, up 1,237%. The set also starts at No. 2 on the Vinyl Albums chart.

Monster became R.E.M.'s second of two Billboard 200 No. 1s, following 1991's Out of Time. The group disbanded in 2011.

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

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