Russell Dickerson Rises to No. 1 on Emerging Artists Chart

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Russell Dickerson

Plus, Sofi Tukker and Alice Merton each reach the top 10.

Rising country singer-songwriter Russell Dickerson is the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, as he climbs 2-1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Jan. 13).

Dickerson's coronation is driven by his debut hit "Yours," which lifts to a new No. 6 peak on the Hot Country Songs chart. "Yours" sports a gain of 15 percent to 43 million radio audience impressions in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music, while also gaining by 10 percent to 5 million U.S. streams.

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.

Dickerson becomes the fourth country act to crown the Emerging Artists chart (since its summer revamp), following Midland, Carly Pearce and LANCO. Meanwhile, LANCO, which reigned for five nonconsecutive weeks, dips to No. 2, as the group's former Hot Country Songs No. 1 "Greatest Love Story" holds in the list's top 10.

Rounding out the Emerging Artists top five, Walker Hayes rises 4-3, switching places with MAX (3-4), and Kendrick Lamar's "LOVE." collaborator Zacari climbs 6-5, a new peak for the soul singer.

Elsewhere on Emerging Artists, dance duo Sofi Tukker enters the top 10 for the first time, vaulting 20-7, as its breakthrough single "Best Friend," featuring NERVO, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, holds at its No. 7 peak on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. It also marks all four acts' first entry on the Hot 100, where it debuts at No. 100. The track is succeeding at multiple radio formats, ranking at No. 3 on Dance/Mix Show Airplay, No. 20 on both Pop Songs and Alternative Songs and No. 40 on Adult Pop Songs.

Alice Merton also reaches the Emerging Artists top 10, leaping 24-9 on the strength of her breakthrough hit "No Roots." The track earns its fourth week at No. 1 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart and reaches new peak of No. 7 on the Hot Rock Songs chart.

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

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