Billboard Xander Zellner
With BTS at No. 2, K-pop acts lead the claim the top two for the first time
BLACKPINK surges from No. 65 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Oct. 17) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to the group’s debut full-length The Album. The set opens at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with 110,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.
BLACKPINK becomes the first all-female group to lead the Artist 100, dating to the chart’s 2014 inception.
The four-piece is also the third K-pop act to top the Artist 100, following BTS, which has ruled for 10 weeks, a record among duos or groups, and SuperM, which led for a week last year.
BLACKPINK concurrently lands a pair of songs on the Billboard Hot 100: “Lovesick Girls” debuts at No. 59 and “Ice Cream,” with Selena Gomez, ranks at No. 64 after debuting at No. 13, the act’s best placement, last month. “Lovesick Girls” also launches at No. 1 on the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart.
As BTS ranks at No. 2 on the Artist 100, this week marks the first in which two K-pop acts have monopolized the chart's top two positions. BTS concurrently adds its second Hot 100 No. 1 via its Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo collaboration "Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)," which bounds from No. 8 to the top sparked by new BTS remixes. The group also holds at No. 2 with its first leader, "Dynamite."
The Artist 100, which launched in 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.
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