Lady Gaga, BTS & Bradley Cooper Rule Top 3 of Billboard Artist 100 Chart

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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star is Born.

Plus, Elvis Costello debuts.

For a second straight week, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper rank at Nos. 1 and 3 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, respectively. Gaga is the top musical act in the U.S. (on the chart dated Oct. 27) for a fourth total week, thanks to the A Star Is Born soundtrack, which spends its second week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart with 143,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 18, according to Nielsen Music.

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.

Gaga and Cooper's repeat Artist 100 placements are also owed to the acts' presence on the Billboard Hot 100. The soundtrack's lead single, their duet "Shallow," stands at No. 10 (down from its No. 5 high), while Gaga's solo songs "Always Remember Us This Way" and "I'll Never Love Again" rank at Nos. 50 and 54, respectively.

Gaga first led the Artist 100 on Nov. 12, 2016, when her album Joanne launched atop the Billboard 200, and again on Feb. 25, 2017, when the set blasted 66-2 following her Super Bowl LI halftime show performance.

BTS surges from No. 7 to No. 2 on the Artist 100 thanks to a surge in social media reaction, as the K-pop kings were especially active on Twitter, posting photos of their European tour. The group rules the Social 50 chart for a 97th week.

BTS has spent two total weeks atop the Artist 100 (June 2 and Sept. 8).

Plus, Elvis Costello bows at No. 51 on the Artist 100, the highest debut on the chart this week, as his new album with the Imposters, Look Now, launches at No. 6 on Top Rock Albums and No. 46 on the Billboard 200 (13,000 units). The set is Costello's highest-charting on the Billboard 200 with the Imposters since 2004's The Delivery Man (No. 40) and his 32nd total entry.

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

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