Drake leaps from No. 4 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated July 14) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a 27th total week, as his album Scorpion launches atop the Billboard 200 with the biggest week of 2018 in overall units and shatters the one-week streaming record for an album.
Scorpion starts with 732,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 5, according to Nielsen Music, and logs 745.9 million on-demand audio streams in the U.S. for its songs.
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.
Drake concurrently charts 27 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking his own record for most simultaneous entries on the chart.
On the Artist 100, only Taylor Swift has spent more time at No. 1, logging 36 total weeks. (The chart began in 2014.)
Most Week at No. 1 on the Artist 100
36, Taylor Swift
15, The Weeknd
11, Justin Bieber
11, Ed Sheeran
Guns N’ Roses re-enter the Artist 100 at a new peak of No. 16, as the group’s classic album Appetite For Destruction re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 10, following its deluxe remastered reissue on June 29. The group previously peaked at No. 67 in August 2017.
Legendary jazz pioneer and saxophonist John Coltrane earns the chart’s highest debut at No. 34, as his newly discovered studio album Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album debuts at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Jazz Albums with 21,000 equivalent album units earned. Coltrane died of liver cancer in 1967 at age 40.
Check out this week’s full Artist 100 here.