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Jason Aldean Returns to No. 1 On Billboard Artist 100 Chart

Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean

Aldean passes Florida Georgia Line for the most weeks on top among country acts.

Jason Aldean zooms from No. 28 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 28) to become the top musical act in the U.S., as his new album, Rearview Town, launches atop the Billboard 200 chart.

Aldean earns his third total week at No. 1 on the Artist 100, passing Florida Georgia Line (two weeks) for the most time at No. 1 among country acts. Among all artists, Taylor Swift holds the record for the most weeks at No. 1, with 36, since the list began in July 2014.

The Artist 100 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.

Rearview Town debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 183,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending April 19, according to Nielsen Music. The set is Aldean's fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200, as well as his sixth No. 1 on Top Country Albums.

The album's lead single, "You Make It Easy," vaults 41-29 on the Billboard Hot 100, nearly matching its No. 28 peak in February. Aldean sang the song at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, broadcast live on CBS April 15, and took home the night's most coveted trophy, for entertainer of the year, for the third straight year.

Aldean is the first country act to top the Artist 100 since Kenny Chesney on the Nov. 18-dated ranking. Chesney, Thomas Rhett and Chris Stapleton were the only country acts to lead the list in 2017.

Aldean first hit No. 1 on the chart in October 2014, and then returned in October 2016, each time, like this week, driven by a No. 1 entrance on the Billboard 200.

Rounding out the latest Artist 100's top five, Cardi B dips to No. 2 after her first week at the apex; Drake drops 2-3; Breaking Benjamin re-enters at No. 4, as the band's Ember enters at No. 1 on Top Rock Albums (88,000 units); and Imagine Dragons falls 3-5.

Also in the Artist 100's top 10, veteran singer-songwriter John Prine re-enters at No. 10, a new high, as his The Tree of Forgiveness debuts as his first top 10 (No. 10; 54,000 units) on the Billboard 200. The set starts at No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums and No. 2 on both Top Rock Albums and Top Country Albums.

Check out this week's full Artist 100 here.