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Tom MacDonald Tops Emerging Artists & Digital Song Sales Charts

Tom MacDonald "Fake Woke"
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Tom MacDonald "Fake Woke"

Plus, Langhorne Slim, Delvon Lamarr and Arlo Parks debut.

Tom MacDonald re-enters Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Feb. 13) at No. 1, becoming the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to his new single "Fake Woke."

The track debuts as his first No. 1 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart with 14,000 downloads sold in the week ending Feb. 4, according to MRC Data. It also tallied 2.9 million U.S. streams, helping spark its debut at No. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it's MacDonald's first entry.

Among debuts on the Emerging Artists chart, Langhorne Slim launches at No. 10 as his new LP Strawberry Mansion starts at No. 9 on Americana/Folk Albums (4,000 units), and Delvon Lamarr enters Emerging Artists at No. 12 as his new release I Told You So (billed as by the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio) opens at No. 1 on Contemporary Jazz Albums (3,000 units).

Plus, Arlo Parks arrives at No. 14 on Emerging Artists, powered by her debut LP Collapsed in Sunbeams, which debuts at No. 4 on Heatseekers Albums and No. 22 on Alternative Albums. The set's single "Hurt" reached No. 34 on Adult Alternative Airplay last month.

The Emerging Artists chart measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay and streaming to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity. The 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.