Rita Ora Hits Top 10 of Emerging Artists Chart, Russell Dickerson Holds at No. 1

Phil Pointer


Plus, Lil Baby reaches a new No. 12 peak.

Rita Ora re-enters Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Jan. 20) at a new No. 8 peak, as her latest single "For You (Fifty Shades Freed)," with Liam Payne, debuts at No. 82 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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.

"For You," the fourth Hot 100 entry each for Ora and Payne, opens with 29,000 downloads sold, also good for a No. 8 launch on the Digital Song Sales chart, and 3.2 million U.S. streams, according to Nielsen Music. The song is from Fifty Shades Freed, which premieres in North American theaters Feb. 9.

Digital song sales account for the majority of Ora's Emerging Artists points (71 percent), followed by streaming (18 percent). She previously peaked at No. 24 on the survey in September.

Atop the Emerging Artists chart, Russell Dickerson tallies his second consecutive week at No. 1, as his debut single "Yours" reaches a new No. 4 high on Hot Country Songs and holds at No. 52 on the Hot 100. The ballad gains by 10 percent to 5.4 million U.S. streams and 8 percent to 46 million airplay audience impressions.

Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart's top five, Walker Hayes rises 3-2, matching his peak; MAX moves 4-3; LANCO drops 2-4; and Trippie Redd vaults 23-5.

Meanwhile, Lil Baby continues climbing the chart (31-12). The 23-year-old Atlanta-based rapper's breakthrough single "My Dawg" ranks at No. 34 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and his album Too Hard also places at No. 130 on the Billboard 200.

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


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