Florida Georgia Line Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100; Barbra, Britney & Beyonce Bound Into Top 10

Ryan Smith
Florida Georgia Line

New albums & the VMAs spark a host of gains.

Florida Georgia Line is the top musical act in the United States, as the country duo vaults from No. 18 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Sept. 17).

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.

Florida Georgia Line leads the Artist 100 spurred by the arrival of its third LP, Dig Your Roots. The set launches atop the Top Country Albums chart, and at No. 2 on Top Album Sales, selling 126,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. (On the Billboard 200, Roots starts at No. 1 with 145,000 equivalent album units.) FGL rules the Artist 100 with 76 percent of its rank from album sales.

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The duo tops the Artist 100 for the first time in nearly two years, since prior set Anything Goes also arrived at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and the Billboard 200 on Nov. 1, 2014. The Artist 100 began in July 2014; since then, Zac Brown Band (May 16, 2015) is the only other country duo or group to top the tally.

Barbra Streisand re-enters the Artist 100 at No. 2, matching her peak first set in 2014. Album sales mark nearly her entire points total, as her new LP Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (149,000) and Top Album Sales (148,000). As previously reported, the icon extends her record for the most Billboard 200 No. 1s among women and ties her with Bruce Springsteen for the third-most among all acts. The only artists with more No. 1s are The Beatles, with a record 19, and Jay Z (13).

Drake dips 2-3 on the Artist 100 and Twenty One Pilots descend 3-4. Rounding out the top five, Britney Spears blasts 79-5, soaring past her prior peak of No. 48. She starts with 77 percent of her points from album sales, as Glory launches at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (111,000) and Top Album Sales (88,000).

Also in the Artist 100's top 10, Beyonce returns to the region (13-8), sparked by gains of 158 and 99 percent in digital song and album sales, respectively, following the VMAs. She performed at the festivities and scored eight wins, upping her to a record 24 career Moonmen earned. She passed Madonna, who has collected 20.

Check out this week's entire Artist 100 here.

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