Tool is Number 1 on The Artist 100 Chart
For the first time in the history of the band, Tool debuts at number 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart. This makes them the top musical act in the United States for the week. Furthermore, the rock band has found its way onto multiple charts after their catalog was made available on streaming and digital services for the first time. Most noteworthy, the group has landed five albums on the Billboard 200 and scores its second Hot 100 entry with the new track “Fear Inoculum”. Coming in at number 93, the single debuts and gives the band their first entry since “Schism” in 2001. Especially relevant, on the albums chart – The Billboard 200, a bunch of albums re-emerge. AEnima, Lateralus, 10,000 Days and Undertow come in at 10, 16, 18 and 19, respectively. However, the new EP Opiate debuts at number 59.
It is worth mentioning that since the Artist 100 launched in July 2014, Tool is the seventh group to find itself at number 1 with a debut. Following groups like Dave Matthews Band, The Raconteurs, Vampire Weekend, Blink-182, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Arcade Fire. Most noteworthy, the Artist 100 tracks artist activity through multiple key metrics of music consumption. Metrics include album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming data, and social media interaction. This provides a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity. Other artists in the top five are as follows: Drake goes from 10 to 2. Billie Eilish falls a bit from 2 to 3, Khalid is holding steady at number 4, and Ed Sheeran slips from 3 to 5.
However, Tool should be able to use this momentum moving forward. After a record-shattering week on Rock Charts thanks to streaming and digital debut. The band claims four of the top five spots on the Top Rock Albums and becomes the first act with at least that many. Keep an eye on the rock charts to see how the band continues to perform over time.