Elite 100: Bon Jovi Takes The No. 1 Crown

Jon Bon Jovi at Met
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– Jon Bon Jovi at Met
Performing during a surprise appearance at the Fairleigh Dickinson University commencement ceremony at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Bon Jovi didn’t release a new album, but the group saw a huge surge in  album sales for the week ending March 1, finally dropping Drake out of the top slot of the Elite 100 chart.

Fans who purchased tickets to Bon Jovi’s upcoming arena tour through Ticketmaster or AXS were able to get a copy of the re-release of 2016’s This House Is Not For Sale with two new songs, which resulted in 117,600 album sales, by far Bon Jovi’s strongest stat for the week. JBJ and the guys also had 13,500 song sales and 3.9 million streams.

This is especially impressive considering Bon Jovi wasn’t even on the chart the previous week.

Rapper 6ix9ine, also known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, made his entry onto the chart at No. 6, with 33.8 million streams as his strongest metric. The mercurial young rapper has attracted plenty of headlines with his tough talk recently, but his first full-length project, Day69, seems to have met a very positive reception from his fans. He was no slouch in the other categories, with 16,600 song sales and 16,600 album sales.

This follows last week where Nipsey Hussle jumped onto the chart at No. 7, showing that rap fans will definitely tune in for new projects from young artists. This week Nipsey Hussle came in at No. 26, with his strongest metric still being streams (18.4 million).

Another new entry on the chart is Vance Joy at No. 14, with a healthy blend of album sales (15,100), song sales (17,500) and streams (14.9 million).

Other new entries on the chart include Blac Youngsta (No. 74) and 5 Seconds Of Summer (No. 98).

Blac Youngsta dropped his 223 album Feb. 23, and it did great in streams with 7.9 million. He also had decent song sales, with 7,600 for the week.

5SOS released the new single “Want You Back” Feb. 22 and it was no surprise that the strong metric this week was song sales, with 26,900.

Next week you might see a few more seasoned veterans return to the chart as Joan Baez, Moby, The Breeders and Andrew W.K. all had albums drop March 2. In terms of the rap game Tech N9ne, Mozzy, Phonte and Tory Lanez all had projects drop March 2.