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Adele Spends 16th Week Atop Billboard Artist 100 Chart

Multiple Grammy winning singer-songwriter Adele continues her run as the top musical act in the U.S., racking up her 16th week at No. 1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Dec. 25).

According to MRC Data, the set logs a 4th week atop the Billboard 200, with 183,000 equivalent album units earned, making it the year’s best-selling set on vinyl.

The British superstar claims a solo share of the fifth-most weeks spent at No. 1 on the Artist 100, which began in 2014. Taylor Swift has tallied the most time in the spot (50 weeks), followed by Drake (36), The Weeknd (22), BTS (20) and Ariana Grande (15).

The late Juice WRLD climbs from No. 32 to No. 2 on the Artist 100, following the Dec. 10 release of his album Fighting Demons. The record launches at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, and No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, with 119,000 units.

Plus, Mariah Carey returns to the Artist 100’s top 10, dashing 12-9, as her 1994 classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You” revisits the top of the Billboard Hot 100, notching its sixth total week at No. 1 and becoming the first song ever to lead in three distinct chart runs, after reigns during the 2019 and 2020 holiday seasons. Concurrently, parent album Merry Christmas rises 8-7 on the Billboard 200 (45,000 units, up 11%).

The Artist 100 weighs up artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, incorporating album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction, providing a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.

Adele's 30 also made a record-breaking debut in the U.K. at No. 1 in November. With first-week chart sales totaling 261,000, the album scored the biggest opening week of 2021 to-date, overtaking ABBA's Voyage (204,000). It was also the biggest first-week for an album since Ed Sheeran's Divide in 2017, as well as the biggest opener for a female solo album since Adele's previous album, 25, in 2015. 

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