Taylor Swift Rules, Post Malone Hits No. 3 on Billboard Artist 100 Chart

Xander Zellner | December 07, 2017

Post Malone rises to a new peak of No. 3 (from No. 4) on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 16), as his smash "Rockstar," featuring 21 Savage, rules the Billboard Hot 100 for an eighth week.

The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014, 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.

"Rockstar" rises 5 percent in radio audience to 91 million impressions, according to Nielsen Music, and ranks at No. 5 on the Radio Songs chart. Although the track is down in streams and digital song sales, it tops the Streaming Songs chart for a 10th week, with 50.5 million streams, and lifts 4-3 on the Digital Song Sales chart (45,000 downloads sold).

Post Malone's new Artist 100 high is also powered by his four other songs that grace the latest Hot 100: "I Fall Apart" reaches a new peak at No. 19; his former top 10 "Congratulations," featuring Quavo, places at No. 45; Furious 8 track "Candy Paint" rises to No. 64; and "Go Flex" stands at No. 95. Further, his 2016 album Stoney charts at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 with 37,000 equivalent album units.

Streaming accounts for the majority of Post Malone's Artist 100 points (52 percent), followed by digital song sales (29 percent) and airplay (14 percent).

Taylor Swift holds the spot on the Artist 100 for a record-extending 36th week, as her new set Reputation continues its three-week streak at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (147,000 units). Rounding out the top five, Ed Sheeran rises 3-2, Pentatonix jumps 8-4 and Imagine Dragons dip 2-5.

Also in the top 10, Garth Brooks revisits his No. 7 Artist 100 peak (first reached three years ago), as "Ask Me How I Know" becomes his 19th Country Airplay No. 1, and first in 10 years, and the Anthology: Part 1, The First Five Years becomes his 17th No. 1 on Top Country Albums.

Among other chart moves, an array of artists re-enter the Artist 100 thanks to their holiday music. Vince Guaraldi Trio re-enters at No. 77; Dean Martin returns at a new peak of No. 80, as The Dean Martin Christmas Album opens at No. 41 on the Top Holiday Albums chart; and Nat King Cole, Johnny Mathis and Gene Autry re-enter at No. 84, 91 and 99, respectively.

Check out this week's full Artist 100 here.

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About the author: Xander Zellner is an Associate Charts Manager at Billboard.