It’s a special first for Howie Dorough…
The 45-year-old half-Puerto Rican singer and his fellow Backstreet Boys members re-enter the Billboard Artist 100 chart dated February 9) at No. 1 to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, as the group’s new album DNA launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 234,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
BSB blasts past its prior No. 54 Artist 100 high, with the major caveat being that the chart launched in July 2014, well after the act’s late-’90s and early 2000s domination on multiple surveys.
The Artist 100 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.
Backstreet Boys concurrently earn their third entry on the Adult Pop Songsradio airplay chart from DNA, as “No Place” bows at No. 37. It follows “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” which became their first top 10 on the tally, reaching No. 9, in September, and “Chances” (No. 19, January).