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The Weeknd No. 1, Selena Gomez Top 10 on Billboard Artist 100

The R&B/pop star reigns for a seventh week, while Gomez returns to the top 10 for the first time since December.

The Weeknd is the top musical act in the U.S. again, notching a seventh cumulative week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 3). Meanwhile, Selena Gomez returns to the top 10 for the first time since December, matching her No. 10 high point.

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.


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The Weeknd remains atop the Artist 100 thanks to his domination on the Hot 100, where “The Hills” replaces “Can’t Feel My Face” at No. 1, and the Billboard 200, where his album Beauty Behind the Madness leads for a third week. Dating to the Artist 100’s July 2014 launch, The Weeknd is the only solo male to top the Artist 100, Hot 100 and Billboard 200 in the same week (having done so now for two weeks); he’s the second act overall, following Taylor Swift, who tripled up at No. 1 for seven weeks in December 2014-January 2015, with her album 1989 and singles “Shake It Off” (two weeks) and “Blank Space” (five).

Down by 16 percent in overall activity, The Weeknd tops the Artist 100 with streaming activity (31 percent) his greatest points contributor. Album sales (24 percent), digital song sales (23 percent) and radio airplay (20 percent) follow.

Drake bounds 5-2 on the Artist 100 and looks likely to challenge for the top spot next week, when his new mixtape album What a Time to Be Alive, with Future, should soar in atop the Billboard 200. Future will jump on the Artist 100, too, after rising 21-13 this week. Both artists previously topped the tally.

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Swift (2-3), Justin Bieber (4-4) and Fetty Wap (7-5) round out the Artist 100’s top five.

Also in the Artist 100’s top 10, Gomez reaches the region for the first time in nearly a year, and matches her best rank, rising 13-10. She first hit No. 10 on the Dec. 13, 2014 chart. Now, she’s boosted by two songs: “Good for You” (featuring A$AP Rocky), which becomes her highest-charting Hot 100 hit (No. 5), and new single “Same Old Love,” the Hot 100’s top debut at No. 43. Gomez is essentially guaranteed to reach greater heights on the Artist 100 following the Oct. 9 arrival of her album Revival, featuring both tracks.

Among debuts on the Artist 100, British pop singer/songwriter Jess Glynne enters at No. 76, as her debut LP, I Cry When I Laugh, enters Top Album Sales at No. 26 with 8,000 first-week copies sold, according to Nielsen Music. While album sales account for slightly more than half of her Artist 100 activity, the set’s lead single aids her momentum, as “Hold My Hand” enters the Hot 100 at No. 88; the track topped the Official UK Singles chart for three weeks in April. Glynne first broke through as the featured vocalist on Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be,” which reigned in her home country for four weeks and reached No. 10 on the Hot 100 in 2014.

Also, Nashville quintet Old Dominion debuts on the Artist 100 at No. 98, powered by its debut hit “Break Up With Him,” which reaches the Hot Country Songs top 10 (12-10). Digital song sales and radio airplay lead the way, as the track likewise enters the Country Digital Songs top 10 (11-9) and pushes 12-11 on Country Airplay.

Check out the entire Artist 100 here.