XXXTentacion Tops Artist 100, 5 Seconds of Summer Return at No. 2
Plus, The Carters (Beyoncé & JAY-Z) debut at No. 3.
XXXTentacion vaults from No. 44 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated June 30) to become the top musical act in the U.S for a second total week, following his death June 18. He first led the list on March 31.
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.
XXXTentacion is the fourth act to top the Artist 100 posthumously, following Tom Petty (who led with his band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) in October 2017; Prince in May 2016; and David Bowie in January 2016. Additionally, Linkin Park led the Aug. 12, 2017, ranking after frontman Chester Bennington's death.
XXXTentacion, born Jahseh Onfroy, was shot and killed June 18 in Deerfield Beach, Florida, at age 20. His success was overlapped with numerous controversies and legal troubles leading up to his death. When he died, he was awaiting trial on over a dozen felony charges and allegations of domestic violence against his then-pregnant girlfriend.
The controversial rapper/singer concurrently lands nine songs on the Billboard Hot 100, led by "Sad!," which vaults 52-1, sparked most heavily by its 264 percent surge to 48.9 million U.S. streams in the week ending June 21, according to Nielsen Music. Plus, his two LPs return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200. In topping the Artist 100, he gains by 769 percent in overall activity, with streaming accounting for the majority (61 percent) of his points on the chart.
5 Seconds of Summer re-enter the Artist 100 at No. 2, as the pop group's third LP, Youngblood, launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 142,000 equivalent album units. The act spent a week atop the Artist 100 in 2014, fueled by the arrival of its debut self-titled LP.
Beyoncé and JAY-Z debut at No. 3 on the Artist 100 as The Carters, as their joint album Everything Is Love opens at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (123,000 units). As soloists, Beyoncé peaked at No. 2 on the Artist 100 in May 2016, concurrent with the chart bow of her album Lemonade, while JAY-Z spent two consecutive weeks at the summit last summer, fueled by his album 4:44.
Closing out the Artist 100's top five, Post Malone drops 2-4 and Drake holds at No. 5.