Travis Scott vaults from No. 64 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Aug. 18) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time. The move is powered by the rapper's latest album Astroworld, which launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, while all 17 its tracks appear on the Billboard Hot 100, including two that debut in the top 10.
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.
Astroworld, Scott's second Billboard 200 No. 1, arrives with 537,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week ending Aug. 9, according to Nielsen Music, marking the second-biggest week 2018 (behind Drake's Scorpion). All 17 songs from Astroworld chart on the Hot 100, led by "Sicko Mode," new at No. 4, and "Stargazing," which starts at No. 8.
Scott previously peaked at No. 5 on the Artist 100 in September 2016.
Drake, who ruled the chart for five consecutive weeks, the longest run at No. 1 since his own six-week streak in July-September 2016, dips to No. 2. (He has spent 31 total weeks atop the Artist 100.)
Rounding out the top five, BTS leaps 10-3, Post Malone falls 3-4 and Imagine Dragons drop 4-5.
Mac Miller re-enters the Artist 100 at No. 9, a new peak, as his fifth studio album, Swimming, debuts at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (66,000) units. He previously reached No. 13 on the Artist 100 in October 2016.