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Jason Aldean Jumps to No. 1 on Billboard Artist 100

As his album "Old Boots, New Dirt'"debuts atop the Billboard 200, Aldean is the second country act to top the Artist 100.

Jason Aldean is the top artist in the U.S., charging 7-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. The jump makes him the second country act ever to lead the list; last week, Blake Shelton became the first. (Shelton drops to No. 10 this week.)

The Artist 100 provides the first weekly ranking dedicated to measuring artist activity across Billboard’s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Billboard 200 albums chart 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.

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Aldean ascends to No. 1 for the first time on the Artist 100, blasting to the top with a 213 percent increase in points. As his sixth studio set, Old Boots, New Dirt (released on Broken Bow), enters the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with 278,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, album sales contribute 90 percent of his Artist 100 palette.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, former leader Meghan Trainor rebounds 3-2, swapping spots with Maroon 5 (2-3); Taylor Swift holds at No. 4; and Sam Smith pushes 8-5.

Florida Georgia Line lifts 12-6 on the Artist 100; Ariana Grande backtracks 5-7; Ed Sheeran rises 14-8; and Iggy Azalea nudges 11-9 above Shelton at No. 10.

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Veteran alt-rock band Weezer scores the Artist 100’s highest debut at No. 38, fueled by the debut of its ninth studio album (and first for Republic Records) Everything Will Be Alright in the End. The set starts at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 5 on the Billboard 200 with 34,000 copies sold. The sum accounts for 95 percent of the group’s Artist 100 points. Radio airplay follows, with the new album’s lead single “Back to the Shack” having become the band’s eighth top five hit on Alternative Songs.
 
Further down the Artist 100, Stevie Nicks makes a pair of entrances: as a soloist (No. 44) and as part of Fleetwood Mac (No. 100). Both arrivals are owed primarily to album sales, with Nicks landing her sixth Billboard 200 top 10 with 24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault (new at No. 7) and Fleetwood Mac vaulting 164-83 with its seminal 1977 set Rumours. Aiding sales: buzz around the Sept. 30 start of the band’s On With the Show tour.

View the complete Billboard Artist 100 chart here and in the new issue of Billboard magazine (dated Oct. 25), on sale tomorrow (Oct. 17).