The Artist 100, which launched in 2014, 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.
Among all acts, Taylor Swift has spent the most time atop the Artist 100: 45 weeks. Swift, of course, began her career recording country music and debuted seven entries on the Top Country Albums chart in 2006-12 before segueing more fully toward pop with her 2014 album 1989.
Wallen leads the Artist 100 on the continued strength of his second LP, Dangerous: The Double Album, which spends a fourth week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 149,000 equivalent album units (up 14%), according to MRC Data. He concurrently lands 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, led by “Wasted on You” at No. 26.
As previously reported, TMZ posted a video on Feb. 2 of Wallen yelling expletives, including the N-word. He subsequently issued an apology, while his record label, Big Loud Records, suspended his recording contract indefinitely and many radio groups dropped his music entirely. The news broke with two full days left in the latest charts’ streaming and sales tracking week (which ended on Feb. 4).
Among other Artist 100 chart moves, Metallica roars from No. 66 to No. 2, returning to its peak first reached in 2016, thanks to six new vinyl reissues of the band’s albums at Walmart. The rockers boast five titles on the Billboard 200, led by Metallica at No. 38.
Plus, Lil Durk surges 26-3 on the Artist 100, hitting a new high; he previously reached No. 8 in January. The rapper’s album The Voice pushes 5-2 on the Billboard 200, matching its peak first reached four weeks ago, following its Jan. 29 deluxe reissue with 14 additional tracks (86,000 units, up 167%).
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