Ariana Grande Returns to No. 1 On the Artist 100 Chart, Aretha Franklin Reaches No. 2

Dave Meyers
Ariana Grande

Plus, Cole Swindell reaches a new peak in the top 10.

Ariana Grande leaps from No. 16 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Sept. 1) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a third total week, as her latest album Sweetener opens atop the Billboard 200. She first led the list in August 2014 and then again in September 2014.

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.

Sweetener debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 231,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Grande concurrently charts 10 songs on the latest Billboard Hot 100, with two tracks (“No Tears Left To Cry,” “God Is A Woman”) placing in the top 10.

Aretha Franklin rises 4-2 on the Artist 100 as the late Queen of Soul earns her highest-charting album on the Billboard 200 in 50 years, as 30 Greatest Hits moves 7-6. Franklin died on Aug. 16 at her home in Detroit.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Drake holds at No. 3, Post Malone rises 5-4 and Travis Scott falls 1-5.

Meanwhile, Cole Swindell vaults 89-8 as the country singer’s new album All of It debuts at No. 1 on Top Country Albums and No. 7 on the Billboard 200 with 50,000 units. Swindell previously peaked at No. 10 on the Artist 100 in 2016.

Check out this week’s full Artist 100 here.