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Adele Rules Billboard Artist 100 Chart for First Time Since 2016

Adele jumps from No. 16 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 30), reigning as the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time since 2016, thanks to the success of her new single “Easy on Me.”

The ballad soars to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 after its first full week of tracking with 65 million radio airplay audience impressions, 53.9 million U.S. streams and 74,000 downloads sold in the week ending Oct. 21, according to MRC Data, following its Oct. 14 release. She scores her fifth Hot 100 leader, after “Rolling in the Deep,” “Someone Like You” (both in 2011), “Set Fire to the Rain” (2012) and “Hello” (2015-16).

Adele last ruled the Artist 100 in March 2016, when her LP 25 spent its 10th week atop the Billboard 200 and “Hello,” its lead single, held in the Hot 100’s top 10. Adele adds her 11th total week atop the Artist 100 (which began in July 2014).

Just below Adele on the Artist 100, fellow brits The Beatles blast 55-2, reaching a new peak thanks to the deluxe reissue of their 12th and final studio LP, 1970’s Let It Be. The set re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 5 with 55,000 equivalent album units earned, marking its highest placement since its initial run.

Drake dips to No. 3 after 36 weeks atop the Artist 100, as his former Billboard 200 leader Certified Lover Boy ranks at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (83,000 units).

Coldplay surges 34-4 on the Artist 100 as the group’s new album Music of the Spheres debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 (57,000 units), earning the group its eighth top 10. Two of the set’s tracks appear on the Hot 100: former No. 1 “My Universe,” with BTS, at No. 13, and “Let Somebody Go,” with Selena Gomez, new at No. 91.

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Plus, Young Thug re-enters the Artist 100 at No. 5, a new high, as his new LP Punk launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (90,000 units), becoming his third leader and second this year, after Young Stoner Life: Slime Language 2 in May. He concurrently lands five of the set’s tracks on the Hot 100, led by “Bubble,” with Drake and Travis Scott, at No. 20.

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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