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Lainey Wilson Hits No. 1 on Emerging Artists Chart Thanks to 'Things a Man Oughta Know'

Lainey Wilson
Diana King

Lainey Wilson photographed on April 21, 2021 at Red Light Management in Nashville.

Plus, Charley Crockett hits the top 10, and Jose Gonzalez and Cynthia Erivo debut.

Singer-songwriter Lainey Wilson rises 2-1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Oct. 2) to become the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, thanks to her breakthrough country hit "Things a Man Oughta Know."

The track rises 38-34 on the Billboard Hot 100, after reaching No. 32 four weeks earlier, with 26.9 million radio audience impressions, 6.7 million U.S. streams and 2,300 downloads sold, according to MRC Data. It concurrently places at No. 5 on Hot Country Songs, after hitting No. 3 last week, and No. 7 on Country Airplay, after reaching No. 1 a week ago.

Wilson became the first soloist to top Country Airplay in a first appearance since Niko Moon with "Good Time" in March. She's the first woman to have done so since Gabby Barrett with "I Hope" in April 2020.

Wilson's Emerging Artists coronation is also aided by her first Broken Bow LP Sayin' What I'm Thinkin', which rises 44-40 for a new high on Top Country Albums, up 6% to 5,000 equivalent album units.

Among other Emerging Artists chart moves, Charley Crockett re-enters at No. 9, reaching the top 10 for the first time on the strength of his new LP Music City USA. The set debuts at No. 10 on Americana/Folk Albums with 4,000 units, and No. 24 on Top Album Sales (3,000 sold).

On a similar note, Crockett was named emerging artist of the year Sept. 22 at the Americana Music Association's 20th annual Honors & Awards.

Sweden's Jose Gonzalez debuts at No. 13 on Emerging Artists thanks to his fourth LP, Local Valley. The set opens at No. 12 on Americana/Folk Albums (4,000 units) and No. 29 on Top Album Sales (3,000 sold).

Plus, multifaceted actress and singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo enters Emerging Artists No. 36 as her new release Ch. 1 vs. 1 opens at No. 77 on Top Album Sales (2,000 sold). Erivo won Emmy, Grammy and Tony Awards for her work in the 2016 revival of The Color Purple. She also received two Academy Award nominations in 2019 for her performance in Harriet and its song "Stand Up."

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 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.