Mitchell Tenpenny Moves Up Emerging Artists Chart, Sarah Grace Debuts

ISSUE 24 2018 - PRESS
Jim Wright
Mitchell Tenpenny

Plus, Lovelytheband returns to No. 1.

Country up-and-comer Mitchell Tenpenny jumps 6-2 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Dec. 15), reaching a new peak as his breakthrough single "Drunk Me" hits new highs on the Country Airplay (5-2) and Hot Country Songs (7-6) charts.

On the former, the song claims Greatest Gainer honors, surging by 13 percent to 36.5 million in audience in the week ending Dec. 9, according to Nielsen Music.

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.

Lovelytheband returns to No. 1 on Emerging Artists for a fourth total week on top, as the group's single "Broken" stands at No. 3 on the Hot Rock Songs chart (after peaking at No. 2 in September). Rounding out the Emerging Artists top five, Jimmie Allen, Flipp Dinero and Lauv hold at Nos. 3, 4 and 5, respectively.

Plus, 16-year old The Voice contestant Sarah Grace debuts at No. 11, thanks to her cover of "Amazing Grace." Her version debuts at No. 4 on Hot Christian Songs, marking her first entry on a Billboard chart, with 11,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen Music, prompting a No. 14 entrance on the all-genre Digital Song Sales chart.

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

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