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Linkin Park Leaps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

Linkin Park
James Minchin

Linkin Park

The group rules the chart for the first time, and is the first rock act to reign in 2017, fueled by its new No. 1 album.

Linkin Park vaults 50-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated June 10) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time. The band is the first rock act to top the chart since Bon Jovi led the tally for a week in November.

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.

Linkin Park rules the chart thanks largely to its new LP, One More Light, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 111,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending May 25, according to Nielsen Music. The set arrives as the band's sixth No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Album sales contribute the majority of Artist 100 points (88 percent) for Linkin Park, which previously peaked at No. 49 on the chart in 2014.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Kendrick Lamar lifts 3-2; Bruno Mars bumps 4-3; Ed Sheeran rises 5-4; and Drake climbs 7-5.

Among other Artist 100 moves, Rascal Flatts re-enters to a new high of No. 15, as the country trio's 10th studio album, Back to Us, enters the Billboard 200 at No. 11 with 30,000 units. Plus, season 12 runner-up on NBC's The Voice Lauren Duski vaults 81-19 as her The Voice: The Complete Season 12 Collection LP enters the Billboard 200 at No. 26 (19,000 units). She bests the season's champ, Chris Blue, who bounds 93-41 on the Artist 100, as his Collection debuts at No. 50 on the Billboard 200 (12,000 units).

Check out this week’s full Artist 100 here.