Elite 100: It’s A Juice WRLD World

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– Juice WRLD
Rapper Juice Wrld performs onstage during day one of the Rolling Loud Festival at Banc of California Stadium on December 14, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Juice WRLD’s rapping-singing styles made a big splash in clubs and on streaming platforms last year and his sophomore album has once again shot him straight to the top of the Elite 100 Artists chart for the week ending March 14.

Juice WRLD’s sophomore release, Death Race for Love, came out March 8 and the figures are impressive, with 227.7 million on-demand streams on the week, far and away the chart leader in that category. That’s a big spike from the 77.2 million last week, much of which was likely fueled by the single “Robbery.”

The chart leader’s two other metrics (7,200 album sales and 29,900 song sales) were less breathtaking, but his total album unit count (193,300) was well ahead of No. 2 Ariana Grande (139,100).

This chart success is just another height in the meteoric rise of Juice WRLD, who is currently on tour with Nicki Minaj and set to play Coachella next month.

“It all happened really fast,” Juice WRLD’s booking agent, Andrew Lieber of MAC Agency told Pollstar when the artist graced the cover of Pollstar in December. “Within three months the offers quadrupled. People saw that he is not leaving tickets on the table. Every ticket is being sold at these venues.”

The next new entry on the chart is Maren Morris, who enters at No. 19 with 50,100 total album units. She sold 23,600 copies of her new album Girl, trailing only Queen in that category, and logged 32,100 song sales and 32 million on-demand streams.

Morris recently performed a major headline show at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and is on tour throughout North America. She opened for Niall Horan last year and that tour got to No. 72 on the 2018 Worldwide Top 100 Tours chart

Tesla hopped onto the chart with their latest album, Shock, propelling them to the No. 90 position. The band’s strongest metric was album sales, with 18,800, good enough to fuel the 20,300 total album units.

George Strait’s numbers were up this week as well, with 14,000 song sales and 14.4 million on-demand streams, good to get him to No. 92. Strait just released the song “The Weight Of The Badge,” though that was outside of the chart’s range. He also has a new album, Honky Tonk Time Machine, due out at the end of the month.

The final chart newcomer is New Kids On The Block, which re-released the album Hangin’ Tough on its 30th anniversary March 8. That project led to 16,900 album sales and 7,700 song sales on the week.

Next week’s chart will include data for new releases from Stephen Malkmus, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Faint, and Cinematic Orchestra.

Also, be on the lookout for new projects from Zacari, Motley Crue, Chief Keef & Zaytoven, Andrew Bird, Jenny Lewis, Dizzy Wright, and Lauren Jenkins.