Drake is the top musical act in the U.S., crowning the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 10). Meanwhile, Future ranks second, with the pair soaring to the top two spots thanks to the impressive arrival of their mixtape album What a Time to Be Alive.
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.
Drake rises 2-1 on the Artist 100 with a 130 percent increase as What a Time to Be Alive blasts onto the Top Album Sales chart at No. 1 with 334,000 in pure album sales (in the week ending Sept. 24, according to Nielsen Music), marking the second-biggest pure sales week this year. The only larger frame? Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late opened with 495,000 on Feb. 28. Drake tallies a third total week atop the Artist 100, having previously led the weeks of Feb. 28 and March 7, powered in large part by his prior album.
Despite the new set’s hefty sales start, album sales account for only 45 percent of Drake’s Artist 100 points total. Streaming (25 percent) and digital song sales (21 percent) also mark notable contributors.
Future flies 13-2 on the Artist 100, up 342 percent in overall activity, with album sales marking two-thirds of his chart points. The rapper previously led the Aug. 8 list when his DS2 debuted at No. 1 on Top Album Sales.
The Weeknd drops 1-3 on the Artist 100 and Taylor Swift descends 3-4. The acts boast the two longest reigns since the Artist 100 originated in July 2014: 31 weeks at No. 1 for Swift and seven for The Weeknd.
Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Lana Del Rey reaches a new high point, rocketing 94-5; she’d previously charted as high as No. 16. The ethereal singer/songwriter surges as her album Honeymoon debuts at No. 2 on Top Album Sales (105,000 in traditional album sales), with album sales accounting for 88 percent of her Artist 100 sum.
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