Drake Holds Atop Billboard Artist 100, Lil Nas X & NCT 127 Hit Top Five

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Drake reigns for a 35th week as 'Certified Lover Boy' continues atop the Billboard 200.

Drake tallies a 35th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 2), holding as the top musical act in the U.S., as his latest LP Certified Lover Boy spends a third week atop the Billboard 200.

The album continues its chart-topping run with 171,000 equivalent album units earned, according to MRC Data. The sum pushes the set to over 1 million units earned over its first three weeks.

Notably, the set is Drake's fourth set to spend at least three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, after 2018's Scorpion (five weeks), 2017's More Life (three) and 2016's Views (13). He joins 10 other acts in accomplishing the feat, dating to Aug. 17, 1963, when the chart became a combined stereo-and-mono album ranking:

Total number of albums that spent three-plus weeks at No. 1, Artist
16, The Beatles
7, The Rolling Stones
7, Taylor Swift
6, Garth Brooks
6, Elton John
5, Barbra Streisand
4, Drake
4, Eagles
4, Eminem
4, Led Zeppelin
4, Paul McCartney

Plus, 14 of Certified Lover Boy's 21 tracks rank on the Billboard Hot 100, led by former No. 1 "Way 2 Sexy," featuring Future and Young Thug, at No. 3, and "Knife Talk," featuring 21 Savage and Project Pat, at No. 8.

Drake has spent the second-most weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, dating to the chart's 2014 inception, after Swift (48 weeks).

Lil Nas X vaults 17-2 on the Artist 100, hitting a new high, as his LP Montero arrives at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (126,000 units). He concurrently places 11 tracks on the Hot 100, led by three in the top 10: "Industry Baby," with Jack Harlow" at No. 2; "Montero (Call Me by Your Name)" at No. 9; and "Thats What I Want" at No. 10.

Plus, NCT 127 re-enters the Artist 100 at No. 3 (nearly matching its No. 2 peak), as the group's new set Sticker: The 3rd Album opens at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (62,000 units). It also debuts at No. 1 on Top Album Sales (58,000 sold).

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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