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Motley Crue Debuts in Artist 100’s Top Five, Ariana Grande Continues at No. 1

Mötley Crüe debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 6).

Thanks to a surge in activity following the March 22 premiere of The Dirt, a biographical drama about the group on Netflix, legendary hard rock act Mötley Crüe debuts at No. 4 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 6).

The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014 (long after Mötley Crüe’s ’80s breakthrough), 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.

The biopic sparked gains for Mötley Crüe’s catalog in the streaming and sales week ending March 28. On the Billboard 200, the soundtrack to The Dirt debuts at No. 10, while the band’s Greatest Hits set re-enters at No. 125. The group also lands seven hits on the Hot Rock Songs chart: “Kickstart My Heart” at No. 9; “Home Sweet Home” (No. 13); “The Dirt (Est. 1981),” featuring Machine Gun Kelly (No. 18); “Girls, Girls, Girls” (No. 20); “Dr. Feelgood” (No. 22); “Shout at the Devil” (No. 23); and “Live Wire” (No. 24).

Ariana Grande holds at No. 1 on the Artist 100, ruling as the top musical act in the U.S. for a 13th total week. She sports three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 (“7 Rings” at No. 1 for an eighth week, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored” at No. 14 and “Thank U, Next” at No. 21) and three albums on the Billboard 200 (Thank U, Next at No. 2; Sweetener at No. 43; and Dangerous Woman at No. 145).

With 13 weeks at the summit, Grande trails only Taylor Swift (36 weeks), Drake (31) and The Weeknd (15) for the most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s history.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Post Malone rises 3-2, Queen dips 2-3, and Khalid drops 4-5.


Check out this week’s full Artist 100 chart here.