Mitski Debuts at No. 5 on Emerging Artists Chart, Lauv Leads for Ninth Week

Ebru Yildiz

Plus, Lele Pons debuts at No. 30.

Lauv rules Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart (dated Sept. 1) for a ninth week, as the pop singer-songwriter’s breakthrough hit “I Like Me Better” reaches new milestones.

In its 28th week on the Billboard Hot 100, “Better” jumps from No. 39 to No. 28, a new peak, and rises 18-16 on the all-genre Radio Songs chart (after reaching No. 15 in July) with 48.7 million radio audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 26, according to Nielsen Music. The song also logs 11,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 23, as it debuts at No. 27 on Digital Song Sales, and 7.5 million U.S. streams.​

Lauv performed the song during an Extra Gum commercial during the MTV Video Music Awards on Aug. 18. The tune was also sale priced in the iTunes Store for 69 cents during the tracking week.

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.

Indie rock singer Mitski debuts at No. 5 on Emerging Artists, as her fifth studio album, Be the Cowboy, arrives at No. 6 on the Alternative Albums chart and No. 52 on the Billboard 200 with 11,000 equivalent album units earned. The set is her first entry on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart.

The singer’s previous LP Puberty 2 reached No. 19 on Alternative Albums and No. 32 on the Top Rock Albums chart.

Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart’s top five, Lovelytheband rises 3-2, hitting a new peak, Billie Eilish dips 2-3 and Queen Naija holds at No. 4.

Meanwhile, Lele Pons debuts at No. 30 on Emerging Artists, as the YouTuber’s first solo single “Celoso” debuts at No. 11 on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Her first-ever charting song, “Dicen,” with Matt Hunter, reached No. 29 on the chart in May. The 22-year-old was, at one point, the most-followed person on Vine, before the app shut down in 2016. 

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


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