Future Becomes Only Second Act to Debut at No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart
The rapper bundles a No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200 with a No. 1 start on the weekly artist tally. Perennial chart presence Luke Bryan returns to top 10.
Future becomes just the second act to debut atop the Artist 100 chart in its 13-month history (excluding the ranking’s initial week). He does so as his album DS2 also opens at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart and on Top Album Sales (with 126,000 sold). The only other act to start at No. 1 on the Artist 100 was Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers nearly a year ago on the chart date Aug. 16, 2014.
Album sales make up 76 percent of the Future’s total Artist 100 points, with track downloads contributing 15 percent of the total.
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, such as the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and Social 50. The Artist 100 blends information culled from album sales, track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of an artist's popularity across all the main means of music consumption.
Last week’s No. 1 Artist 100 act The Weeknd dips 1-3, falling behind 31-week Artist 100 champion Taylor Swift, who holds at No. 2. Rounding out the top five are Fetty Wap, who moves up four slots to a new peak at No. 4, and Ed Sheeran, who holds at No. 5. Sheeran has now rested in the top five for 31 weeks, the most for a solo male artist and trailing only Swift (49 weeks) and Maroon 5 (37) among all artists.
Luke Bryan returns to the top 10 for a seventh week, jumping 17-9 thanks to activity surrounding two tracks from his upcoming album Kill the Lights (due Aug. 7). Current radio single “Kick the Dust Up” rises to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs (his 10th on that list), while also lifting 6-4 on Country Airplay. “Dust” returns to No. 1 on Country Digital Songs for a third week and first since the June 26 dated chart with 57,000 downloads (up 10 percent). Meanwhile the second preview track from his upcoming set, “Strip It Down” debuts on Country Digital Songs at No. 5 with 44,000 in its first week, good enough for a No. 19 debut on Hot Country Songs.
Bryan is one of just five country artists who have maintained a presence on the Artist 100 each week (56) since the chart’s July 19, 2014, launch. The others are Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line. Of course, Taylor Swift is also among the chart’s standard-bearers, but most of her chart points during that time have been derived from her latest pop album 1989.
In other notable Artist 100 action, 5 Seconds of Summer fly 58-13 as its new single “She’s Kinda Hot” debuts at No. 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on Digital Songs with 124,000. Digital track sales account for 56 percent of the band’s overall Artist 100 points, with Social 50 activity accounting for 28 percent.
Check out the entire Artist 100 here.