The Weeknd logs his 18th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 18), thanks to the continued success of his latest studio album, After Hours.
The set rules the Billboard 200 for a third week with 90,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. It debuted atop the chart dated April 4 with 444,000 units, the largest weekly total for any album this year.
On the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” ranks at No. 2 after leading for two weeks. Three other songs from the new LP appear on the Hot 100: “Heartless” (also a former No. 1), at No. 19; new radio single “In Your Eyes,” at No. 47; and the title track, at No. 90.
Since the Artist 100’s 2014 launch, only Taylor Swift and Drake have spent more time at No. 1 than The Weeknd, with 37 and 31 weeks on top, respectively.
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.
Speaking of Drake, he bounds 17-2 on the Artist 100 as his new single “Toosie Slide” soars in at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Plus, Rod Wave blasts 59-3 on the Artist 100 as his new LP, Pray 4 Love, launches at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (72,000 units), and Sam Hunt surges 43-4 on the Artist 100 as his new set, Southside, starts at No. 5 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Top Country Albums (46,000 units).
Meanwhile, late icons John Prine and Bill Withers land in the Artist 100’s top 10.
Prine, who died from complications from COVID-19 on April 7, re-enters the Artist 100 at No. 7. Two albums by the legendary singer-songwriter grace the Billboard 200: his 1971 debut set John Prine re-enters at No. 55 (12,000 units, up 434%), and tops Americana/Folk Albums, while his final studio release, 2018’s The Tree of Forgiveness, re-enters at No. 109 (8,000, up 444%).
Withers, who died on March 30 from heart complications, debuts on the Artist 100 at No. 9. The soul/R&B singer-songwriter also charts a pair of albums on the Billboard 200: Still Bill re-enters at No. 77 (10,000) and his 1971 debut album Just as I Am returns at No. 86 (9,000).
Check out this week’s full Artist 100 chart here.