Kendrick Lamar Returns to Top Five on Artist 100 & Ed Sheeran Holds at No. 1

Kendrick Lamar returns to the top five of the Billboard Artist 100 for the first time in four months, rising from No. 9 to No. 4 on the Jan. 13-dated list.   

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.

Helping drive Lamar's leap is his latest single, "Love.," from his former Billboard 200 No. 1 album DAMN. The song holds at its No. 6 peak on both the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Songs charts. It rises 11 percent to 35,000 downloads sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music, becoming his seventh top 10 on the Digital Song Sales chart (20-9). Plus, the track drew 62 million radio audience impressions (as it holds at its No. 10 peak on Radio Songs) and 16 million U.S. streams (as it places at No. 29 on Streaming Songs).

Further, DAMN. returns to the top five of the Billboard 200 (9-5; 41,000 equivalent album units) for the first time since the Oct. 7-dated tally. The set debuted atop the May 6 chart and has spent four weeks at No. 1. Lamar has posted five total weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, most recently on May 20. He first reached the summit in April 2015.

Album sales contribute the greatest share of Lamar’s Artist 100 points (36 percent), followed by digital song sales (34 percent).

Ed Sheeran remains the top musical act in the U.S., ranking at No. 1 on the Artist 100 for an eighth total week, as his hit "Perfect," with Beyonc√©, scores its fifth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song also takes over atop Radio Songs (139 million in audience, up 7 percent).

Sheeran passes Bruno Mars for the sixth-most weeks spent at No. 1 on the Artist 100. Taylor Swift leads with 36 weeks, followed by Drake (25), The Weeknd (14), Justin Bieber (11) and Adele (10).

Also in the chart’s top five, Imagine Dragons rise 3-2, Swift slips 2-3 and Post Malone drops 4-5.

Check out this week’s full Artist 100 here.


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