He passes Justin Bieber for the fifth-most weeks at No. 1 in the chart’s history.
Ed Sheeran rises 3-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated July 27) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a 12th total week, as his fourth LP No.6 Collaborations Project debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 173,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending July 18, according to Nielsen Music.
Sheeran passes Justin Bieber for fifth-most weeks at No. 1 on the Artist 100, after Taylor Swift (36), Drake (31), The Weeknd (15) and Ariana Grande (13).
Sheeran’s return to No. 1 is also aided by eight charting hits on the Billboard Hot 100, led by “I Don’t Care,” with Bieber, at No. 3. “Beautiful People,” featuring Khalid, follows at No. 19, then “Cross Me,” featuring Chance The Rapper & PnB Rock (No. 25), “Antisocial,” with Travis Scott (No. 37), “South of the Border,” featuring Camila Cabello and Cardi B (No. 53), “Remember The Name,” featuring Eminem and 50 Cent (No. 57), “BLOW,” with Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars (No. 73) and “Best Part of Me,” featuring YEBBA (No. 99).
Sheeran last led the Artist 100 on March 17, 2018, thanks to the success of his No. 1 Hot 100 single “Perfect.”
The Artist 100 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.
Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Billie Eilish dips 2-1, BTS rises 5-3, Post Malone falls 2-4 and Khalid drops 4-5.