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BTS Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

Plus, Alice in Chains debuts at No. 13.

After becoming the first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart in June, BTS returns to the top (on the chart dated Sept. 8), reigning as the top musical act in the U.S. for a second total week.

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.

BTS' return to No. 1 is powered by the group's new LP Love Yourself: Answer, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 185,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, the biggest week in album units ever for a K-pop act.

BTS concurrently debuts the set's “Idol,” featuring Nicki Minaj, at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's the second-highest-charting hit ever for a K-pop act on the Hot 100, after only BTS' "Fake Love," which reached No. 10 in June.

Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Drake rises 3-2; Travis Scott jumps 5-3; Ariana Grande falls to No. 4 after a third total week at No. 1; and Post Malone dips 4-5. Meanwhile, Alice in Chains makes the highest debut on the chart, at No. 13, as the veteran band's sixth studio album Rainier Fog arrives at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 12 on the Billboard 200 with 31,000 units.

Among other Artist 100 moves, rock band Interpol re-enters at No. 38, matching its peak, and up-and-coming pop act Bryce Vine debuts at No. 80.

Check out this week's full Artist 100 chart here.