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Julien Baker Leads Emerging Artists Chart, Thanks to 'Little Oblivions' Album

Julien Baker
Alysse Gafkjen

Julien Baker

The set debuts at No. 1 on the Americana/Folk Albums and Vinyl Albums charts.

Julien Baker re-enters Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated March 13) at No. 1, reigning as the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to her new LP Little Oblivions.

The set debuts at No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums and Vinyl Albums, No. 5 on Alternative Albums and No. 39 on the Billboard 200 with 14,000 equivalent album units earned, according to MRC Data.

Little Oblivions, released on Matador Records, marks Baker's second No. 1 on Vinyl Albums, after her sophomore album Turn Out the Lights in 2017.

Plus, the new LP's lead single, "Faith Healer," rises 15-14 on Adult Alternative Airplay, where it's the Tennessee native's first charted title.

Baker previously appeared on Emerging Artists as a member of Boygenius, with Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus. The trio reached No. 28 in 2018 sparked by its self-titled EP.

Among other Emerging Artists moves, Wesley Schultz, lead singer of The Lumineers, enters at No. 8, as his new solo album Vignettes arrives at No. 5 on Vinyl Albums and No. 12 on Americana/Folk Albums (4,000 units). Fellow Lumineer Jeremiah Fraites reached No. 23 on Emerging Artists on Feb. 6 on the strength of his solo LP Piano Piano.

The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists of the week, using 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. (The Artist 100 lists the most popular acts, overall, each week.) 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.