Logic Rules Billboard Artist 100 Chart for First Time
Plus, David Byrne & Jimi Hendrix debut at Nos. 5 & 14, respectively.
Logic leaps from No. 40 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated March 24) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by the arrival of his latest mixtape, Bobby Tarantino II.
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.
Bobby Tarantino II debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 119,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music, earning him his second No. 1 and fourth top 10. The MC lands 10 songs from the release on the latest Billboard Hot 100 ("Everyday," with Marshmello, places highest at No. 29), becoming the 15th artist to have charted at least 10 titles on the Hot 100 simultaneously.
Streaming accounts for the greatest share of Logic’s Artist 100 points (45 percent), followed by album sales (37 percent).
Logic is the third solo rapper to lead the Artist 100 in 2018, following Drake and Eminem.
Meanwhile, David Byrne debuts at No. 5 on the tally, as his 11th solo studio album, American Utopia, arrives at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (63,000 units). The album is Byrne’s highest-charting on the chart (aided by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer for his latest tour), including his work with Talking Heads and his collaborative efforts with Brian Eno, Fatboy Slim and St. Vincent.
Also in the Artist 100’s top five, Ed Sheeran dips to No. 2 after 11 total weeks at No. 1; Drake drops 2-3; and Imagine Dragons fall 3-4. Among other moves, Jimi Hendrix debuts at No. 14, as his latest posthumous album, Both Sides of the Sky, arrives at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 (37,000 units).
Check out this week’s full Artist 100 chart here.