J Cole Sits atop Billboard Artist 100 Chart
Cole leaps from number 96 to number 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart, dated May 5th. As a result, Cole becomes the top music act in the U.S. for a second week. The skyrocket is powered by his new album KOD which launched to the top of the Billboard 200 resulting in the biggest sales week of 2018 in overall units. KOD started the week with 397,000 equivalent album units according to Nielsen Music. These sales are the biggest week for an album since Taylor Swift’s reputation sold 1.238 million on the chart in December.
The Artist 100 chart measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, sales, streaming, airplay, and social media fan interaction. Blending each element creates a multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity. J Cole and his 96-1 jump is the largest in the four-year history of the chart. The previous record was held by Mumford & Sons after their 83-1 jump in May 2015. Furthermore, Cole ties the record for the largest overall upward movement on the Artist 100. Previous mark was held by The 1975 which also soared 95 positions in March 2016. J. Cole previously hit number 1 on the Artist 100 in December 2016.
Other Industry News aside from J Cole
Late Swedish EDM pioneer Avicii re-entered the Artist 100 at number 4. This is the highest placement on the chart previously surpassing his prior number 38 best. Following the first full week after his death on April 20th, Avicii’s biggest Billboard chart hit, “Wake Me Up” re-enters the Hot 100 at number 34. Most noteworthy, Avicii’s debut studio album True enters the Billboard 200 at number 22.
Also worth mentioning in the Artist 100’s top five, Drake jumps from 3 to 2 switching places with Cardi B. Imagine Dragons hold steady at number 5. Among other Artist 100 movies, Ariana Grande finds herself at number 6. This is the highest ranking for her since January 2017. New placement is because of Grande’s new single “No Tears Left to Cry” which launched at number 3 on the Hot 100. Ariana spent two weeks on top of the Artist 100 back in 2014.