The Weeknd is reinforcing why he’s headlining the first Billboard Hot 100 Music Festival, to be held Aug. 22-23 at Jones Beach in New York: he’s the top musical act in the U.S. for a second total week, rebounding 3-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Aug. 15).
The Artist 100 measures artist activity across Billboard‘s most influential charts, including the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, Top Album Sales 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.
Up 11 percent in overall activity, The Weeknd crowns the Artist 100 powered by three concurrent top 30 hits on the Hot 100, led by “Can’t Feel My Face,” which ranks at No. 2 for a third week after its official video premiered July 28 on Apple Music and on multiple platforms the following day. “Face” also lifts 4-1 on Digital Songs with 148,000 downloads sold, up 21 percent, according to Nielsen Music.
Looking ahead, The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) will greatly bolster his Artist standing following the Aug. 28 release of his third full-length album, Beauty Behind the Madness. The set includes collaborations with Ed Sheeran and Lana Del Rey.
Taylor Swift holds at No. 2 on the Artist 100, while Fetty Wap rises 4-3. Also each climbing a notch: Sheeran (5-4), and OMI (6-5), who leads the Hot 100 for a fourth week with his breakthrough hit “Cheerleader.”
In other notable Artist 100 action, Jill Scott soars in at No. 8, as her album Woman launches at No. 1 on Top Album Sales with 58,000 sold, and Bea Miller bows at No. 21, as her Not an Apology enters Top Album Sales at No. 5 (24,000). Among other acts new to the Artist 100: virally-driven duo Jack & Jack (No. 56); Elle King (No. 93), powered by the rise of her first hit, “Ex’s & Oh’s” (up 86-77 on the Hot 100); and iconic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd (No. 97), thanks largely to the arrival of its live release One More for the Fans at No. 43 on Top Album Sales (6,000 sold).
Check out the entire Artist 100 here.