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Justin Bieber Returns to No. 1 on Artist 100 Chart Thanks to 'Justice' & 'Freedom' Sets

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Justin Bieber photographed on Feb. 20, 2021 at the Houdini Estate in Los Angeles. Styling by Karla Welch. Grooming by Brittany Sullivan at Mane Addicts. X karla t-shirt, JW Anderson pants.

Plus, Demi Lovato hits a new No. 2 high.

Justin Bieber scores his 14th total week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, leading the list dated April 17 thanks to the continued success of his LP Justice and the arrival of his new faith-based release Freedom.

Justice returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for a second week on top with 75,000 equivalent album units earned, according to MRC Data. It's his second title to record multiple weeks at No. 1, following My World 2.0 (four weeks, 2010).

Bieber's Artist 100 rule is also aided by his surprise six-song set Freedom, released Easter Sunday (April 4). It debuts at No. 3 on Top Christian Albums and No. 172 on the Billboard 200 (7,000 units earned in the week ending April 8).

Plus, Bieber tallies four entries, all from Justice, on the latest Billboard Hot 100, led by "Peaches," featuring Daniel Caesar and Giveon, at No. 3 after debuting at No. 1 two weeks earlier.

Bieber ties Post Malone for the sixth-most weeks spent at No. 1 on the Artist 100, dating to the chart's 2014 launch.

Most Weeks at No. 1, Artist 100:
46, Taylor Swift
32, Drake
22, The Weeknd
16, BTS
15, Ariana Grande
14, Justin Bieber
14, Post Malone
12, Ed Sheeran

Meanwhile, Demi Lovato reaches a new No. 2 Artist 100 high, re-entering for her first appearance on the chart in nearly a year as her new album Dancing With the Devil... The Art of Starting Over debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (74,000 units). She previously reached a No. 3 best on the Artist 100 in November 2015 when her album Confident also opened at No. 2 on the Billboard 200.

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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