Drake remains the top musical act in the United States, holding at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated June 11). Meanwhile, Ariana Grande and Blake Shelton bound to Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, powered by the debuts of their new albums.
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 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. All charts will update on Billboard.com tomorrow (June 1).
Notably, given the chart’s name, this week marks the 100th Artist 100 chart tabulated in its nearly two-year history. Eleven acts have appeared on the list every week so far. How many can you name? Answer at the end of this post.
Drake leads the Artist 100 for a 10th total week, becoming the fourth act to tally double-digit weeks at No. 1, dating to the chart’s July 2014 launch. Here’s a look at the acts with the most frames on top:
31, Taylor Swift
11, Justin Bieber
8, The Weeknd
Drake holds atop the Artist 100 with streaming marking the biggest share of his chart points (50 percent), followed by album sales (20 percent). As previously reported, “Dance” spends a third week at No. 1 on the Hot 100, while parent album Views logs a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Drake tops the Artist 100, Hot 100 and Billboard 200 simultaneously for a third total week (having first tripled up on the May 21 charts). Only Swift (seven weeks), Adele (six) and The Weeknd (two) have previously scored such honors.
Grande (8-2; up 208 percent in overall activity) and Shelton (27-3; up 435 percent) blast up the Artist 100 (with each act having previously led the list, in 2014). Album sales mark the majority of each artist’s points total, as Shelton’s If I’m Honest begins at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 153,000 in traditional album sales, while Grande’s Dangerous Woman launches at No. 2 with 129,000.
Quiz answer! The 11 acts that have remained consistently popular enough to have ranked on the Artist 100 in all 100 weeks since the chart started nearly two years ago (in order of rank this week): Drake, Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Sia, Luke Bryan, Chris Brown, Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, Eminem, Katy Perry and One Direction.