The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard's most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Top Album Sales and the Social 50. The Artist 100 (which launched in July 2014) 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.
Atop the Artist 100, Drake returns to the summit for a 23rd week in charge, the most time at No. 1 for a male artist and second overall only to Taylor Swift's 31 weeks. (He'd last led the Sept. 24-dated chart.) Drake dominates despite a 1 percent dip in overall activity. As previously reported, he reaches the Hot 100's top 10 with "Fake Love," from the More Life project, expected in December.
Kenny Chesney vaults 69-2 on the Artist 100, matching his peak first established in 2014. Album sales account for 81 percent of his Artist 100 points, as he debuts at No. 1 on Top Album Sales and Top Country Albums with Cosmic Hallelujah (79,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music).
Twenty One Pilots hold at No. 3 on the Artist 100 and Meek Mill re-enters at No. 4, as his new DC4 opens at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and Rap Albums and No. 4 on Top Album Sales (45,000 sold). The rapper spent two weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100 in July 2015 concurrent with his Dreams Worth More Than Money leading those three album tallies.
A week after topping the Artist 100 for the first time, Lady Gaga drops to No. 5, as her new LP Joanne likewise falls 1-5 on Top Album Sales (43,000, down 75 percent).
Check out this week's entire Artist 100 here.