Drake Returns to No. 1 on Artist 100 Thanks to Historic Hot 100 Start

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Drake leads the list for the first time since August 2018.

Drake dominates the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated March 20), surging from No. 17, to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a 32nd total week, and for the first time since August 2018, thanks to his unprecedented arrival at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Drake's new tracks "What's Next," "Wants and Needs" (featuring Lil Baby) and "Lemon Pepper Freestyle" (featuring Rick Ross) launch at Nos. 1, 2 and 3, respectively, on the Hot 100, as Drake becomes the first artist to debut in the top three positions in the same week.

He also joins The Beatles and Ariana Grande as the only acts to claim the top three spots simultaneously.

Drake boasts the most weeks atop the Artist 100 among male artists, dating to the chart's 2014 start, and trails only Taylor Swift for the top total overall.

Most Weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100
46, Taylor Swift
32, Drake
21, The Weeknd
16, BTS
15, Ariana Grande
14, Post Malone
12, Justin Bieber
10, Adele
10, Billie Eilish

In another Artist 100 move sparked by Drake, Yung Bleu debuts at No. 97 on the strength of his breakthrough single "You're Mines Still," featuring Drake. The track ranks at No. 21 on the Hot 100, as well as No. 5 on Hot R&B Songs.

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.

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Drake Makes Historic Hot 100 Start at No. 1, No. 2 & No. 3 | Billboard News