Plus, BTS returns to the top 10 & Dan + Shay hit a new peak.
Panic! at the Disco vaults from No. 59 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated July 7) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time. The move is powered by the group's sixth studio album, Pray for the Wicked, which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artist activity across key metrics music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking artist popularity.
Pray for the Wicked bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 180,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending June 28, according to Nielsen Music, scoring the group its second No. 1. The band previously peaked at No. 3 on the Artist 100 in February 2016, when prior LP Death a Bachelor became its first No. 1 album.
Over halfway through 2018, Panic! at the Disco is the fourth rock group to lead the Artist 100 in 2018, following Fall Out Boy, Bon Jovi and Dave Matthews Band. In all 2017, seven rock duos or groups led the list, up from four in 2016 and just one in 2015.
Rounding out the chart's top five, XXXTentacion dips to No. 2 after a week at No. 1; Post Malone rises 4-3; Drake climbs 5-4; and Imagine Dragons lift 6-5.
BTS returns to the top 10, leaping 12-7, fueled by the group's social media presence, as the K-pop superstars spend their 81st week atop the Social 50 chart.
Meanwhile, Dan + Shay reach a new peak on the Artist 100, vaulting 29-11, as the duo's self-titled third studio LP opens at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 44,000 equivalent album units.