Paul McCartney hits a new career first as he tops the Billboard Artist 100 Chart for the chart dated Sept. 22, Billboard reports. Macca’s latest ranking makes him the top musical act in the U.S., a feat he has not previously accomplished on this chart.
The Artist 100 launched in 2014 and reportedly “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.”
The former Beatles frontman is currently enjoying massive success in his solo music career following the Billboard 200 chart-topping debut of his eighteenth studio album Egypt Station. To date, the album has peaked at No. 3 in McCartney’s native UK, where he took a tour of his hometown of Liverpool, England, and played a surprise gig at a local pub to promote the album as part of a wildly popular Carpool Karaoke segment with James Corden on “The Late Late Show.” He also performed a secret gig at New York’s Grand Central Station in support of the record.
McCartney notably bumps Eminem out of first place on the Artist 100 chart and the Detroit native rapper falls just below him at No. 2. Meanwhile, Lauren Daigle makes a huge jump from No. 49 to No. 3, BTS drops from No. 2 to No. 4 and Drake rounds out the Top 5, dropping two places from third to the fifth spot in the ranking. Macca previously peaked at No. 37 on the chart with his 2015 Kanye West and Rihanna collab single “FourFiveSeconds.”
It’s interesting to note that of the Top 20 artists on the Artist 100 Drake (at No. 5) and Maroon 5 (at No. 15) are tied for the most weeks on the chart with a whopping 220 weeks logged. Ed Sheeran, who is currently down two notches from No. 11 to No. 13 falls behind them with 214 weeks on the chart and Nicki Minaj holds the third-highest number of weeks in the Top 20, coming in at No. 20 with 209 weeks on the chart.
Paul McCartney has recently dropped videos for "Back in Brazil" and "Fuh You" from Egypt Station. He will close out his 2018 at The O2 in London, England on Sunday, Dec. 16 (Tickets) and recently announced 2019 tour dates on his Freshen Up Tour including a stop at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 27, 2019 (Tickets). Stay tuned to AXS for Paul McCartney updates.