Jack White Tops Billboard Artist 100, Thanks to 'Boarding House Reach' Debut
Plus, Shawn Mendes returns to the top 10 & Toni Braxton debuts.
Jack White re-enters the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated April 7) at No. 1, becoming the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to his third solo studio album Boarding House Reach, which debuts atop the Billboard 200 with 124,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
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.
White is the fifth solo artist to re-enter the Artist 100 at No. 1 and the second this year, following Eminem (Jan. 3).
White previously peaked at No. 22 on the Artist 100 in 2016. He also reached No. 32 as a member of The Dead Weather in 2015. Notably, the Artist 100 hadn't launched when he released his previous two solo albums, Blunderbuss in 2012 and Lazaretto in 2014, or, before that, while he was a member of former duo The White Stripes.
Closing out the Artist 100's top five, Ed Sheeran rises 3-2, Imagine Dragons jumps 5-3, Drake holds at No. 4 and XXXTentacion plummets 1-5.
Meanwhile, Shawn Mendes enters the top 10 for the first time since September, leaping 15-6, as his latest singles “In My Blood” and “Lost In Japan” shine on the Billboard Hot 100. The former vaults from No. 72 to No. 22, while the latter debuts at No. 64.
Plus, Toni Braxton debuts on the Artist 100 at No. 48, as her eighth studio album Sex & Cigarettes bows at No. 4 on R&B Albums and No. 22 on the Billboard 200 (16,000 units).
Check out this week's full Artist 100 here.