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Queen Rules Billboard Artist 100, Ariana Grande Rises to No. 2 & EXO Hits Top 10

Queen leads the list for the first time, while EXO follows BTS as the only K-pop acts to reach the top 10.

Queen hits No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Nov. 17) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to gains for the band's music catalog following the Nov. 2 premiere of the new Bohemian Rhapsody biopic about late frontman Freddie Mercury.

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.

Queen, which vaults from No. 16 on the Artist 100, benefits from the Bohemian Rhapsody soundtrack, which leaps 25-3 on the Billboard 200, becoming the band's highest-charting album in 38 years, with 59,000 equivalent album units earned (up 187 percent) in the week ending Nov. 8, according to Nielsen Music. In total, the group lands three albums on the Billboard 200; Greatest Hits I, II & III: The Platinum Collection follows at No. 9 (up from No. 194) and Greatest Hits jumps to No. 48 (from No. 71).

The movie's title track also re-enters the Billboard Hot 100 chart, at No. 33, for the first time since 1992, when it resurged amid the success of another film, Wayne's World, and peaked at No. 2. The song originally reached No. 9 in 1976. The group concurrently lands 15 songs on the Hot Rock Songs chart.

Queen is the sixth rock group to lead the Artist 100 in 2018, following Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Panic! at the Disco and Greta Van Fleet.

Ariana Grande leaps from No. 10 to No. 2 on the Artist 100, as she earns her first No. 1 on the Hot 100, "Thank U, Next," which debuts at the summit. Grande has spent three total weeks atop the Artist 100.

Plus, BTS bounds 17-4 on the Artist 100, as the K-pop act spends its milestone 100th total week at No. 1 on the Social 50 chart. Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Lady Gaga dips 2-3 and Imagine Dragons rise 6-5.

Meanwhile, fellow K-pop group EXO vaults 44-9 on the Artist 100, entering the top 10 for the first time on the strength of new album EXO 5: Don't Mess Up My Tempo, which starts at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 (23,000 units). BTS and EXO are the only K-pop acts to have reached the Artist 100's top 10; BTS has led for two weeks, in June and September.

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