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Andrea Bocelli Becomes First Classical Artist to Hit No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

Andrea Bocelli re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Nov. 10) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, as he earns his first leader on the Billboard 200 with…

Andrea Bocelli re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Nov. 10) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, as he earns his first leader on the Billboard 200 with his 26th charting album, Si, which enters with 126,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Nielsen Music.

The set, which includes such guests as Josh Groban, Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran, also debuts at No. 1 on the Classical Albums chart and becomes the first classical No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in over a decade (since Groban’s Noel).


Bocelli additionally becomes the first classical act to hit No. 1 on the Artist 100. He previously peaked at No. 28 on the list in November 2015.

The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, 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.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Lady Gaga holds at No. 2, Drake rises 6-3, Post Malone gains 5-4 and Cardi B jumps 11-5.

Meanwhile, Joji earns the chart’s highest debut, at No. 13, as his sophomore LP Ballads 1 arrives at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200 with 57,000 units.

Plus, Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers re-enter the Artist 100 at No. 78, a new high, thanks to a Halloween “boo”st for their classic hit “Monster Mash.” The track logged 5.5 million streams, a 404 percent increase, and 16,000 downloads sold (up 243 percent) in the week ending Nov. 1.

Check out this week’s full Artist 100 chart here.