NCT 127 becomes the fourth K-pop act to rule Emerging Artists, with all having led for a week each this year. NCT hit No. 1 in May, followed by BLACKPINK in June and RM of BTS in November.
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.
Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart's top five, lovelytheband holds at No. 2, Jimmie Allen rises 4-3, Flipp Dinero jumps 6-4 and Lauv holds at No. 5.
Elsewhere on the chart, Atlanta-based rapper J.I.D. debuts at No. 25, as his sophomore LP DiCaprio 2 opens at No. 15 on Top Rap Albums with 17,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
Plus, electro-pop trio SHAED makes its Billboard chart debut, opening at No. 34 on Emerging Artists, as its track "Trampoline" bounces by 7 percent to 4,000 sold, sparked by its Apple MacBook Air ad synch.
Check out this week's full Emerging Artists chart here.