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Drake Becomes First Artist to Spend 500 Weeks on Artist 100 Chart

Billboard launched the Artist 100 chart exactly 500 weeks ago — on the list dated July 19, 2014. In the nearly 10 years since, the chart has measured artists’ activity across key metrics of music consumption—album sales, track sales, radio airplay, and streaming. Using a methodology comprising those metrics, the chart provides a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

In that span, only one artist has spent all 500 weeks on the chart: Drake.

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Drake ranks at No. 4 on the latest Artist 100 (dated Feb. 3), up from No. 6, thanks to eight albums on the Billboard 200 and five songs on the Billboard Hot 100. His titles on the Billboard 200: For All the Dogs (No. 3), Take Care (No. 25), Certified Lover Boy (No. 42), Her Loss with 21 Savage (No. 44), Scorpion (No. 50), Views (No. 61), More Life (No. 85) and Nothing Was the Same (No. 156).

The only artist with more titles on the latest Billboard 200 is Taylor Swift – who crowns the Artist 100 for a record-extending 96th week – with 10 charting sets.

Drake also posts the following hits on the Hot 100: “Rich Baby Daddy,” featuring Sexyy Red and SZA (No. 21); “First Person Shooter,” featuring J. Cole (No. 34); “You Broke My Heart” (No. 60); “IDGAF,” featuring Yeat (No. 64); and “Virginia Beach” (No. 93). (The only artist with more entries is Drake’s frequent collaborator, 21 Savage, with 12.)

Of Drake’s 500 total weeks spent on the Artist 100, he has tallied 38 at No. 1, the second most after Swift.

Here’s a look at the acts who have spent the most weeks on the Artist 100 since its inception (through the chart dated Feb. 3, 2024):

Most Weeks Spent on the Artist 100:

  • 500, Drake
  • 496, Taylor Swift
  • 493, Ed Sheeran
  • 478, Bruno Mars
  • 466, Justin Bieber
  • 464, Eminem
  • 455, Imagine Dragons
  • 450, Jason Aldean
  • 446, The Weeknd
  • 431, Chris Stapleton
  • 427, Metallica
  • 425, Ariana Grande

In his closest call from dropping off the Artist 100, Drake ranked at No. 95 on the Dec. 23, 2017-dated chart.

As for other longevity records on the Artist 100, Swift has spent the most time in the top five (195 weeks, ahead of runner-up Drake’s 188), while Drake boasts the most weeks in both the top 10 (313, ahead of Swift’s 256) and top 40 (484, over Swift’s 448).

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