He’s the fifth artist to lead the list after passing.
Late rapper/singer Juice WRLD leaps from No. 58 to No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 21) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for a second total week. He returns to the top following his death on Dec. 8.
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.
Juice WRLD (real name: Jarad Higgins) first led the Artist 100 on March 23, when his sophomore LP, Death Race for Love, debuted as his first No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Juice WRLD is the fifth act to lead the Artist 100 chart posthumously, following XXXTentacion in June 2018, Tom Petty in October 2017, Prince in May 2016 and David Bowie in January 2016. Plus, Linkin Park led in August 2017 after frontman Chester Bennington's death.
Both of Juice WRLD's studio albums return to the top 10 of the Billboard 200: Goodbye & Good Riddance, at No. 6, and Death Race for Love, at No. 10. He also lands seven songs on the Billboard Hot 100, led at No. 8 by his breakout single"Lucid Dreams," which reached No. 2 in October 2018. His other entries: No. 12, "Bandit," with YoungBoy Never Broke Again; No. 34, "Legends" (re-entry); No. 49, "Robbery"; No. 60, "Hate Me," with Ellie Goulding; No. 78, "6 Kiss" (Trippie Redd feat. Juice WRLD & YNW Melly); No. 87, "Empty" (re-entry).
Rounding out the Artist 100's top five, Post Malone holds at No. 2; Billie Eilish dips to No. 3 after six total weeks at the summit; The Who debuts at No. 4, as the group earns its 11th Billboard 200 top 10, as Who opens at No. 2 (tying the band's best rank, previously reached in 1973 and 1978); and Camila Cabello vaults 47-5 as her second solo LP, Romance, enters at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Also in the Artist 100's top 10 are the acts with the top titles on the Hot 100 and Billboard 200 this week. Mariah Carey rises 10-7, after reaching the top 10 for the first time last week, as her 1994 classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You" crowns the Hot 100 at last. Plus, Roddy Ricch bows at No. 10 as his debut LP, Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
Check out this week's full Artist 100 chart here.