Backstreet Boys Hit No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart for First Time
Plus, James Ingram debuts following his death.
Backstreet Boys re-enter the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Feb. 9) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, as the group's new album DNA launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 234,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
BSB blasts past its prior No. 54 Artist 100 high, with the major caveat being that the chart launched in July 2014, well after the act's late-'90s and early 2000s domination on multiple surveys.
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.
Backstreet Boys concurrently earn their third entry on the Adult Pop Songs radio airplay chart from DNA, as "No Place" bows at No. 37. It follows "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," which became their first top 10 on the tally, reaching No. 9, in September, and "Chances" (No. 19, January).
Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Ariana Grande dips to No. 2 after six total weeks on top; Post Malone falls 2-3; Queen rises 5-4; and BTS dips 4-5.
Elsewhere on the chart, two acts debut. Up-and-coming rapper Blueface begins at No. 74, as his breakout single "Thotiana" vaults 66-28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and James Ingram starts at No. 88 after his death Jan. 29. The R&B star notched a pair of Hot 100 No. 1s: "Baby, Come to Me," with Patti Austin, in 1983, and "I Don't Have the Heart," in 1990.
Check out this week's full Artist 100 chart here.