The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Top Album Sales and the Social 50. The Artist 100 blends data measuring album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
With four (nonconsecutive) weeks leading the Artist 100, The Weeknd is just the second act to tally that much time on top, dating to the chart's July 2014 launch. Only Taylor Swift has ruled longer: 31 weeks. The Weeknd passes Sam Smith, who's totaled three weeks at No. 1.
The Weeknd returns to the summit led by a fairly even points split among streaming, airplay and digital song sales, as his single "Can't Feel My Face" returns for a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Next week, album sales will upend that ratio, as the R&B/pop artist's new set, Beauty Behind the Madness, should blast onto the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales charts at No. 1, likely keeping him atop the Artist 100 for a fifth week.
Rounding out the Artist 100's top five are Luke Bryan (2-2), Swift (4-3), Drake (5-4) and hard rock band Disturbed, which debuts at No. 5 powered by its album Immortalized, which, as previously reported, enters atop the Billboard 200 (98,000 equivalent album units) and Top Album Sales (93,000 in pure album sales in the week ending Aug. 27, according to Nielsen Music).
Meanwhile, Justin Bieber reaches the Artist 100's top 10 at last, rising 12-8 (in his 60th week on the chart). Social reaction accounts for a whopping 84 percent of his points on the chart, and he, like The Weekend, should gain again next week as his new single, "What Do You Mean?," is expected to challenge for a No. 1 debut on the Hot 100, fueled heavily by a projected 300,000 downloads sold, as well as likely lofty first-week streaming totals.
Among debuts on the Artist 100, thanks mostly to newly charting albums, country artist Kip Moore bows at No. 20, while Bon Jovi (No. 34) and Rob Thomas (No. 36) also begin in the top 40. Led by the momentum of rising introductory hit songs, @iHeartMemphis (No. 70), Hailee Steinfeld (No. 91) and Alessia Cara (No. 93) also make their first Artist 100 appearances.
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