Luke Bryan Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Dr. Dre Debuts at No. 2
Bryan bounds 13-1 and Dre arrives as the runner-up as their respective new albums launch on the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales at Nos. 1 & 2.
Luke Bryan takes over as the top musical act in the U.S., soaring 13-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Aug. 29).
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Top Album Sales and the Social 50. The Artist 100 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.
Bryan becomes the fifth country artist to top the Artist 100 since it launched in July 2014, following Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Florida Georgia Line and Zac Brown Band. Like those acts, Bryan bounds to No. 1 thanks to chart-topping debuts on the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales, as his Kill the Lights arrives on the latter list with 320,000 in traditional album sales, according to Nielsen Music. Bryan surges by 565 percent in overall activity, with album sales accounting for 81 percent of his Artist 100 chart points. He also bests his prior No. 3 high on the Artist 100 (and has ranked in the top 30 in each of the chart's first 59 weeks).
Dr. Dre debuts at No. 2 on the Artist 100, similarly powered by his new set, Compton, which enters the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales at No. 2 (276,000 in pure album sales). Album sales contribute 92 percent of the iconic rapper's Artist 100 total. Meanwhile, the group in which Dre made his mark in the late '80s, N.W.A, also enters the Artist 100 at No. 70, with sales of its classic albums marking nearly two-thirds of its chart points.
After three weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, The Weeknd dips to No. 3 (although with a bullet). The Weeknd headlines the first Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, to be held Aug. 22-23 at Jones Beach in New York. Head here for more details on the Hot 100 Fest.
Taylor Swift (3-4) and Fetty Wap (6-5) round out the Artist 100's top five.
Meanwhile, venerable alt band Fall Out Boy ranks in the Artist 100's top 10 for the first time in six months, rising 11-9. The group peaked at No. 2 on Feb. 7 when its American Beauty / American Psycho entered Top Album Sales at No. 1. FOB returns to the Artist 100's top 10 fueled by the set's second single, "Uma Thurman," which pushes 26-24 in its 19th week on the Hot 100. Digital song sales mark the band's greatest Artist 100 points contributor, with "Uma" topping the Rock Digital Songs chart for a second week (48,000 sold).
Just outside the Artist 100's top 10, Jason Derulo darts 22-14, up by 22 percent in activity. Powering the gain, his "Want to Want Me" rebounds 50-20 on the Digital Songs chart, doubling its sales to 50,000 in the week ending Aug. 13, after he performed the hit as a virtual duet with new Artist 100 leader Bryan on the Sing! karaoke app.
Check out the entire Artist 100 here.