A couple of legendary British bands are making a big splash on Billboard’s Artist 100 Chart. Queen is impressively ruling the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week and The Beatles re-enter the chart (dated Nov. 24) at No. 10, Billboard reports.
The Artist 100 blends a lot of different metrics to rank artists each week including “album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction.”
Queen and The Beatles are two of the biggest British rock groups in music history. Both acts are enjoying chart resurgence for several reasons. Queen is riding a huge wave of chart success following the widespread theatrical release of the riveting Freddie Mercury-focused Queen biopic film, “Bohemian Rhapsody” earlier this month.
The groundbreaking “Bohemian Rhapsody” video hit a YouTube milestone. The track re-entered the Billboard Hot 100 Top 40 (after a 26-year gap from the track’s last chart appearance). And, the band earned a new Billboard 200 Top 40 album with the film’s soundtrack. Queen’s current two-week Artist 100 rule marks the first consecutive No. 1 run since last year, when Tom Petty’s death, prompted Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to rule the chart consecutively.
As for The Beatles, the Fab Four breaks back into the Artist 100 in the Top 10 after the re-release of their iconic 1968 eponymous White Album for its 50th Anniversary. The record amazingly re-entered the Billboard 200 Chart at No. 6. The highest Artist 100 ranking the British rockers held was No. 5 back in June 2017, Billboard also reports.
The Beatles’ dynamic frontman Paul McCartney has also heated up charts and re-opened dialogue on The Beatles during several promos for his most recent solo album, Egypt Station. The album notably gave Macca his first-ever Billboard 200 solo debut. He also topped the Artist 100 chart for the first time in his iconic career.
Eight other places fill in the large Top 10 gap between Queen’s No. 1 and The Beatles No. 10 rankings on the Artist 100 chart for Thanksgiving week. Rising country superstar Kane Brown comes in at No. 2 on the list, after the massive success of his Billboard 200 chart-topping sophomore album Experiment. Imagine Dragons hit No. 3. Ariana Grande and Drake are at No. 4 and No. 5, respectively. Post Malone claims No. 6. Lady Gaga captures No. 7. Late rapper XXXtentacion and BTS claim No. 8 and No. 9 respectively.
Queen’s biopic film continues to be a box office hit. To date, “Bohemian Rhapsody” has grossed over $406 million worldwide since its Nov. 2 release, per Box Office Mojo data. It also ranks at No. 21 in the Top Movies in the Past 365 Days ranking.