Elite 100: Ariana Retakes Her Crown, City Girls Joins

Ariana Grande
John Davisson
– Ariana Grande
Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.

Streaming queen Ariana Grande has retaken her spot atop the Elite 100 Artists chart and several artists have entered or re-entered near the bottom.

The Dangerous Woman logged 113.9 million on demand streams and 52,500 song sales for the week ending March 21. She didn’t lead the chart in either category but she had a total album unit count of 131,800.

Ariana recently kicked off her “Sweetener” tour last week with stops in Albany, N.Y.; Boston; and Buffalo, N.Y. The stop at Times Union Center sold out with 11,432 tickets reported nearly $1.27 million grossed as reported to Pollstar. Normani and Social House opened the show.

Juice WRLD was at No. 1 last week after releasing Death Race for Love and is still riding high. He sits at No. 2 on the week, largely thanks to 136.7 million on demand streams. He led the chart in that category for the week.

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.

Not many new albums or releases shook up the chart this week, but a few artists who weren’t on last week’s chart did make the grade.

Eric Church came on at No. 83 with a solid blend of 5,100 album sales; 10,700 song sales; and 15.6 million streams. Church’s last release was a live recording of “How ‘Bout You,” released March 1. Interest on the week was likely amplified when Church announced additions to his Double Down tour.

One new name for the  week is City Girls, which came onto the chart at the No. 86 spot with 21,00 album units. The duo’s last project, Girl Code, featured the single “Twerk” with Cardi B. Group member Jatavia “JT” Johnson, who is reportedly serving a prison sentence for credit card fraud, posted on Instagram that “The wait is almost over,” and “2019 is City Girls year. PERIOD!”

Sir Paul McCartney is also back on at No. 88 thanks to his 18,800 album sales on the week.

Daddy Yankee is also on the chart once again, largely because of his 10.7 million on demand stream.

Next week’s chart will include data for new releases from Zacari, Motley Crue, Chief Keef & Zaytoven, Andrew Bird, Jenny Lewis, Dizzy Wright, and Lauren Jenkins.

Also, be on the lookout for new projects from Billie Eilish, George Strait, Boosie Badazz, Ty Segall, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Jake Owen, Saweetie, L.A. Guns, Ben Platt, DJ Muggs & Mach-Hommy, Rita Wilson, MED & Guilty Simpson, Whitechapel, Eli Young Band, Yelawolf and a posthumous release from Marvin Gaye.