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The Year in Charts 2020: Roddy Ricch Is the Top New Artist

Roddy Ricch
Jai Lennard

Roddy Ricch photographed on Jan. 31, 2020 at Outpost Studio in Brooklyn. 

Roddy Ricch caps a banner year on Billboard’s charts, as the 22-year-old hip-hop star is named 2020’s top new artist.

The coronation comes after his debut studio album, Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, spent four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1 on the weekly Billboard 200 chart earlier in the year, while he also landed a pair of No. 1s on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart that teamed up for 18 weeks atop the list.

Billboard’s year-end music recaps represent aggregated metrics for each artist, title, label and music contributor on the weekly charts dated Nov. 23, 2019, through Nov. 14, 2020. The rankings for Nielsen Music/MRC Data-based year-end recaps reflect equivalent album units, airplay, sales or streaming during the weeks that the titles appeared on a respective chart during the tracking year. Any activity registered before or after a title’s chart run isn’t considered in these rankings. That methodology detail, and the November-November time period, account for some of the difference between these lists and the calendar-year recaps that are independently compiled by Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The Top New Artists recaps ranks the best-performing new acts of the year based on activity on the Billboard 200 albums tally, the Billboard Hot 100 songs list, as well as Billboard Boxscore (touring) and the Social 50 chart for the 2020 tracking period.

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Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial bowed at No. 1 on the Dec. 21, 2019 chart, and notched four nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse. The album was locked in the weekly top 10 of the chart from its debut week through May 9, 2020. It finishes 2020 as the No. 3 title on the year-end Billboard 200 Albums chart.

The set’s inescapable single “The Box” spent 11 consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 (from Jan. 18 through March 28) and lingered in the top 10 from Jan. 11 through June 27. Roddy Ricch logged another No. 1 on the Hot 100 via his featured turn on DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” which spent seven weeks atop the list.

“The Box” and “Rockstar” also close out 2020 as the Nos. 3 and 5 titles on the year-end Hot 100 Songs ranking.

In total during the 2020 chart year, Roddy Ricch notched seven top 40-charting hits on the Hot 100.

He follows recent top new artist champs Billie Eilish (2019), Cardi B (2018), Lil Uzi Vert (2017), Bryson Tiller (2016) and Fetty Wap (2015).