Frank Ocean Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100
Following the chart arrival of his album "Blonde," Ocean storms to the top, dethroning Drake.
Frank Ocean is the top musical act in the United States, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Sept. 10). Ocean supplants Drake, who had led the list the past six weeks (and has totaled 21 weeks at No. 1).
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, 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.
With a nearly 2-to-1 lead in points, Ocean dethrones Drake atop the Artist 100, with 84 percent of his points from album sales, as Blonde debuts at No. 1 on the Top Album Sales chart with 232,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music; it enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with 276,000 equivalent album units.
Streaming accounts for 15 percent of Ocean's Artist 100 points, with two songs from Blonde debuting on the Streaming Songs chart: "Nikes," at No. 42 (6.3 million first-week U.S. streams), and "Ivy," at No. 44 (6.2 million).
Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, below Ocean at No. 1 and Drake at No. 2, Twenty One Pilots drop to No. 3 from their No. 2 peak; Rihanna dips 3-4; and The Chainsmokers keep at their No. 5 high, up 15 percent in overall activity, concurrent with their second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100 with "Closer," featuring Halsey (herself up 29-23 on the Artist 100).
In other notable Artist 100 moves, Tory Lanez leaps 57-9, surpassing his prior No. 45 peak, as his new set I Told You debuts at No. 4 on Top Album Sales (32,000 sold), and Lindsey Stirling debuts at No. 11 on the Artist 100, as her new LP Brave Enough opens at No. 2 on Top Album Sales (45,000 sold); despite lower album sales for Lanez among the two sets, he ranks higher than Stirling on the Artist 100 thanks to higher airplay, streaming and song sales, as his current single "Luv" leaps to a new high on the Hot 100 (30-21).
Check out this week's entire Artist 100 here.