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Justin Bieber Tops Billboard Artist 100 Chart for First Time

Justin Bieber Sorry
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Justin Bieber's "Sorry."

Ahead of his Billboard 200 arrival with 'Purpose,' Bieber leads the Artist 100 at last in his 71st week on the list.

Justin Bieber is the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, crowning the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Nov. 28).

The Artist 100 (which launched in July 2014) 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.

Bieber conquers the Artist 100 at last in his 71st week on the list, climbing by 20 percent in overall activity. Social reaction marks his greatest points contributor (42 percent of his sum), as he rises by 78 percent in the metric and leads the Social 50 for a record-extending 122nd week. Digital song sales (25 percent), streaming (20 percent) and radio airplay (13 percent) account for his next-greatest Artist 100 shares.

As previously reported, Bieber's current single "Sorry" rises 4-3 on the Hot 100 and 3-2 on Digital Songs (153,000, up 18 percent, according to Nielsen Music, good for the Hot 100's top Digital Gainer trophy).

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Bieber should challenge for a second week atop the Artist 100 (dated Dec. 5) following the Nov. 13 release of "Sorry" parent album Purpose. One Direction, up 11-6 with a 69 percent overall surge, will also battle for the top of the Dec. 5 Artist 100 after its Made in the A.M. was likewise released Nov. 13.

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Bieber dethrones Adele after two weeks atop the Artist 100 (1-2). She's down by 10 percent in overall activity and 24 percent in digital song sales (her greatest points contributor, at 50 percent of her total), as "Hello," atop the Hot 100 for a third week, dips by 24 percent to a still hefty 480,000 downloads sold. She gains by 151 percent in social reaction and 23 percent in radio airplay. Adele is likely to return to the top of the Artist 100 dated Dec. 12 when new album 25 (due Friday, Nov. 20) will enter Billboard's album charts.

Rounding out the Artist 100 top five, Drake rises 4-3; Chris Stapleton dips 2-4; and The Weeknd holds at No. 5.

Check out the entire Artist 100 here.