The Chainsmokers are the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, rising from No. 5 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 29).
The Artist 100 (which launched in July 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.
The Chainsmokers, the EDM duo of Drew Taggart and Alex Pall, spend their first week at No. 1 on the Artist 100 (in their 72nd total frame on the chart), as their first LP, Memories… Do Not Open, debuts atop the Billboard 200. As previously reported, the set starts with 221,000 equivalent album units, including 166,000 in traditional album sales, according to Nielsen Music, with the latter sum accounting for two-thirds of the act's Artist 100 chart points. Overall, The Chainsmokers charge to a 263 percent gain in activity.
On the Billboard Hot 100, the new album's "Something Just Like This," with Coldplay, and "Paris" rank at Nos. 5 and 10, respectively.
Ed Sheeran drops to No. 2 on the Artist 100, after five nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1, while Drake (2-3) and Bruno Mars (3-4) also each step down a rung.
Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Harry Styles soars from No. 90 to No. 5 following the first full week of activity for his debut solo single, "Sign of the Times," which launches at No. 4 on the Hot 100. The song's download sales mark two-thirds of Styles' Artist 100 standing, as "Sign" blasts onto the Digital Song Sales chart at No. 1 with 142,000 sold. Styles has risen as high as No. 2 on the Artist 100 as a member of One Direction; former 1D member Zayn topped the April 16, 2016-dated Artist 100, while the act's Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne have reached Nos. 11, 33 and 80, respectively.
Check out this week's entire Artist 100 here.