The pop/R&B star completes a record 114-week ascent to No. 1 as his new album '24K Magic' arrives. Plus, Metallica vaults to No. 2, powered by its new set.
Bruno Mars is the top musical act in the U.S., bounding from No. 10 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 10) for his first week at the summit. Plus, Metallica blasts to a new high of No. 2, with both acts propelled by the debuts of their new albums.
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 (which launched in July 2014) 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.
As Mars' new LP, 24K Magic, enters at No. 2 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales, and No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, he crowns the Artist 100 for the first time in his 114th week on the chart (after previously reaching No. 5). He passes Shawn Mendes, who completed the longest prior ascent to No. 1 when he reigned at last in his 86th week on the chart in October.