Future Flies to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

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Future performs during the 2016 Buku Music + Arts Project on March 12, 2016 in New Orleans. 

The rapper rules as his new self-titled album debuts atop the Billboard 200.

Future is the top musical act in the U.S., vaulting from No. 38 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated March 11), as his new self-titled album launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

The Artist 100 (which launched in July 2014) measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Future tallies his second total week atop the Artist 100, as his eponymous set arrives as his fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 140,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Feb. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Album sales mark his greatest share of points on the Artist 100 (44 percent), followed by streaming (38 percent). He previously topped the Artist 100 dated Aug. 8, 2015, when DS2 arrived as his first Billboard 200 No. 1.

Ed Sheeran holds at No. 2 on the Artist 100, driven primarily by his smash single "Shape of You," which rules the Billboard Hot 100 for a fifth week. "Shape" likewise spends a fifth week atop the Digital Song Sales chart (147,000 downloads sold) and a third frame at No. 1 on Radio Songs (154 million in audience). Meanwhile, Sheeran's "How Would You Feel (Paean)" debuts at No. 41 on the Hot 100, powered by its No. 7 start on Digital Song Sales (59,000). Both that ballad and "Shape," as well as "Castle on the Hill," at No. 66 on the Hot 100 after debuting at No. 6 (Jan. 28), introduce Sheeran's third studio album, ÷, due March 3.

Bruno Mars dips to No. 3 on the Artist 100 after jumping 4-1 on the March 4-dated chart; a week ago, he crowned the ranking after his spotlight at the Grammy Awards Feb. 12, when he performed a tribute medley to Prince (with The Time) and his own latest single "That's What I Like" (up 7-4 on the March 11 Hot 100).

Rounding out the latest Artist 100's top five, The Weeknd holds at No. 4 and Drake ascends 6-5.

Check out this week's entire Artist 100 here.