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Jay Z Tops Billboard Artiste 100 for Second Week, Linkin Park Returns to Top 5

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 7:27 PM

JAY-Z is the top musical act in the U.S., for a second consecutive week on the Billboard Artiste 100.

This is in large thanks to his latest album, 4:44, which posts its second week at number one on the Billboard 200 with 87,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 20, according to Nielsen Music.

The Artiste 100, which launched in July 2014, measures artiste 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 artiste popularity. Album sales contribute the majority of Jay-z's Artiste 100 points (76 percent), followed by streaming (13 percent). Jay-z became the fifth act to re-enter the tally at number one on last week's Artiste 100, following A Tribe Called Quest, Bon Jovi, Prince and The Lumineers.

Ed Sheeran remains at number two on the Artiste 100, Bruno Mars holds at number three, and Linkin Park re-entering at number four.

Linkin Park's re-entry to the chart follows the tragic death of frontman Chester Bennington on July 20. Linkin Park logs its second week in the top five, following its week at number one on the chart dated June 10, when its album, One More Light, debuted atop the Billboard 200. The set re-enters the Billboard 200 at number 17 with 23,000 units (up 461 percent).

(Source: Billboard Magazine, July 26, 2017)