Kanneh-Mason debuts on the strength of his album Inspiration, which bows at No. 13 on the all-genre Top Album Sales chart and vaults from No. 14 to No. 1 on Traditional Classical Albums with 9,000 copies sold in the week ending May 24, up a staggering 21,436 percent from a nominal amount, according to Nielsen Music. The set earns the biggest sales week for a traditional classical album by an artist in over nine years.
Inspiration concurrently re-enters the overall Classical Albums chart at No. 1, just ahead of The Royal Wedding: The Official Album, which debuts at No. 2 and includes three tracks by Kanneh-Mason.
Further, Kanneh-Mason debuts eight tracks on the Classical Digital Song Sales chart, led by “Ave Maria, D. 839 (Arr. Hazell)” at No. 1.
Kanneh-Mason is the first classical artist to summit the Emerging Artists chart. In a sonic switch, he succeeds rapper Lil Baby, who spent one week at No. 1 and graduates from the chart as his single “Yes Indeed,” with Drake, vaults 49-6 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Among other Emerging Artists moves, finalists from The Voice and American Idol dominate the top five after each show's latest season finale.
Voice winner Brynn Cartelli vaults 31-2 as her "Walk My Way," which she performed on the May 22 episode, bows at No. 8 on Digital Song Sales with 23,000 downloads sold. Runner-up Britton Buchanan leaps 28-3 as his "Where You Come From" debuts at No. 15 on Digital Song Sales with 21,000 downloads sold, while launching at No. 10 on Hot Rock Songs.
Meanwhile, Idol winner Maddie Poppe arrives at No. 4 on Emerging Artists, as her coronation single "Going Going Gone" starts at No. 13 on Digital Song Sales with 21,000 downloads sold.
Check out this week's full Emerging Artists chart here.