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Adele No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100, Stone Temple Pilots Hit Top 40

"25"' & "Hello" keep Adele on top, while fans send STP surging following the death of Scott Weiland.

Thanks to the continued success of album 25 and its lead single “Hello,” Adele is again the top musical act in the U.S., holding at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 26).

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.


Adele leads the Artist 100 for a fifth total (and third consecutive) week despite her 32 percent decrease in overall activity. As previously reported, 25 tallies a third week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales, earning 728,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Dec. 10, according to Nielsen Music; of that total, 695,000 were in pure album sales. Meanwhile, “Hello” tops the Hot 100 for a seventh week, fueled by its ranks atop the Radio Songs and Streaming Songs charts. Album sales continue to mark Adele’s greatest metric on the Artist 100 (68 percent). Digital song sales follow at 15 percent.

Below Adele on the Artist 100, Justin Bieber stays at No. 2, The Weeknd (4-3) and Drake (3-4) swap spots and Coldplay hits a new peak (besting its prior No. 23 high, reached in October 2014), flying 31-5 as its new album A Head Full of Dreams starts at No. 2 on Top Album Sales (and No. 1 on Top Rock Albums) with 195,000 sold.

Following the Dec. 3 death of former frontman Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots enter the Artist 100 (which launched in July 2014) at No. 33, up by 1,927 percent in overall activity. Click here for a recap of the gains made by several of the classics that Weiland sang.

Also new to the Artist 100 are three acts gaining momentum thanks to seasonal hits: Bruce Springsteen (No. 92), Brenda Lee (No. 93) and late country legend Gene Autry (No. 97).

Check out the entire Artist 100 here.