LANCO Leads Emerging Artists Chart, Powered by Hit 'Greatest Love Story'

Plus, Walker Hayes reaches the top five & Joji debuts in the top 10.

LANCO is the top emerging act in the U.S., as the country group climbs 2-1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Nov. 25). LANCO tops the list on the strength of breakthrough single "Greatest Love Story," which reaches a new peak at No. 4 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

The Emerging Artists chart uses the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures artist activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Billboard 200 and the Social 50. However, the Emerging Artists chart excludes acts that have notched a top 25 entry on either the Hot 100 or Billboard 200, as well as artists that have achieved two or more top 10s on Billboard's "Hot" song genre charts and/or consumption-based "Top" album genre rankings.

"Greatest Love Story" ranks at No. 52 on the Hot 100 (after reaching No. 51) and gains in all metrics, rising 8 percent to 44 million radio audience impressions; 7 percent to 5 million streams; and 7 percent to 18,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music. The song concurrently reaches a new peak of No. 3 on Country Airplay, with radio audience contributing the largest share of LANCO's Emerging Artist chart points (46 percent), followed by digital song sales (40 percent) and streaming (13 percent). Meanwhile, the group makes its first appearance on the Billboard 200, as its EP Extended Play enters at the anchor spot (up 7 percent to 4,000 equivalent album units).

LANCO succeeds six-week Emerging Artists champion Dua Lipa, who graduates from the chart thanks to her single "New Rules," which enters the top 25 of the Hot 100 (26-21).

Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart's top five, Carly Pearce rises 3-2 (as her debut single "Every Little Thing" crowns Country Airplay); Russell Dickerson climbs 4-3; GoldLink lifts 5-4; and Walker Hayes hits the top five for the first time (6-5).

Among other Emerging Artists moves, Joji earns the week's highest debut, as the Japanese-Australian YouTube personality enters at No. 10, fueled by his latest EP, In Tongues, which arrives at No. 58 on the Billboard 200 with 10,000 equivalent album units.

Joji, aka George Miller, has also released music under the pseudonyms Pink Guy and Filthy Frank. He released three comedy albums as Pink Guy, including Pink Season, which reached No. 70 on the Billboard 200 in January. He also portrays the character of Filthy Frank on his YouTube channel, which helped popularize "Harlem Shake" in 2012; Miller, as Filthy Frank, is featured in the original "Shake" videoIn Tongues, which also opens at No. 28 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, is his first release as Joji.

Check out this week's full Emerging Artists chart here.


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