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A Tribe Called Quest Hits No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

The hip-hop pioneers rule for the first time, powered by their new chart-topping album, "We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service." Plus, Leonard Cohen earns a posthumous top 10 ranking.

A Tribe Called Quest is the top musical act in the U.S., re-entering the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 3) at No. 1, marking the renowned hip-hop act’s first week atop the chart.

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.

A Tribe Called Quest tops the Artist 100 fueled by its new album, We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 135,000 equivalent album units, and the Top Album Sales chart (112,000 in traditional sales) in the week ending Nov. 17, according to Nielsen Music. Album sales account for 90 percent of the group’s points on the chart.  The act previously spent one week on the Artist 100, at No. 94 on the tally dated April 9, following the March 22 passing of founding member Phife Dawg.


As previously reported, We Got It From Here is A Tribe Called Quest’s second Billboard 200 No. 1, following Beats, Rhymes and Life, which topped the chart dated Aug. 17, 1996 — or 20 years and three months ago. That gap between No. 1s is the longest for a hip-hop act in the chart’s history. Previously, Jeezy (just two weeks ago) set the mark for the longest wait between No. 1s among hip-hop acts: eight years and two months between The Recession (2008) and his new Trap or Die 3.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Drake holds at No. 2 (after 23 nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, the most among male artists); twenty one pilots keep at No. 3; Pentatonix pushes 6-4; and Rae Sremmurd repeats at No. 5 as the duo’s “Black Beatles” (featuring Gucci Mane) spends a second week at No. 1 on the Hot 100.

Also in the Artist 100’s top 10, the late Leonard Cohen vaults 96-8 following a full week of fan reaction following the Nov. 10 announcement of his death (on Nov. 7). He had previously peaked at No. 34 on the Nov. 12 Artist 100 thanks in large part to the arrival of his final album, You Want It Darker. On the new Artist 100, Cohen surges with a 440 percent increase in overall activity, with album sales marking the bulk (63 percent) of his chart points. Click here for a look at Cohen’s action on the Billboard 200; here for a roundup of his rock chart movement; and here for the achievement of his signature song, “Hallelujah,” hitting the Hot 100 for the first time (since its 1984 release).

Check out this week’s entire Artist 100 here.