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BTS Returns to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

After becoming the first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart in June, BTS returns to the top (on the chart dated Sept. 8), reigning as the top musical act in the U.S. for a…

After becoming the first K-pop act to hit No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart in June, BTS returns to the top (on the chart dated Sept. 8), reigning as the top musical act in the U.S. for a second total week.

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.

BTS‘ return to No. 1 is powered by the group’s new LP Love Yourself: Answer, which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 185,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, the biggest week in album units ever for a K-pop act.

BTS concurrently debuts the set’s “Idol,” featuring Nicki Minaj, at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s the second-highest-charting hit ever for a K-pop act on the Hot 100, after only BTS’ “Fake Love,” which reached No. 10 in June.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Drake rises 3-2; Travis Scott jumps 5-3; Ariana Grande falls to No. 4 after a third total week at No. 1; and Post Malone dips 4-5. Meanwhile, Alice in Chains makes the highest debut on the chart, at No. 13, as the veteran band’s sixth studio album Rainier Fog arrives at No. 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 12 on the Billboard 200 with 31,000 units.


Among other Artist 100 moves, rock band Interpol re-enters at No. 38, matching its peak, and up-and-coming pop act Bryce Vine debuts at No. 80.

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