Foals Debut at No. 1 On Emerging Artists Chart

Alex Knowles
Foals

Plus, Megan Thee Stallion debuts at No. 17.

Oxford, England-based Foals debut at No. 1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated March 23), becoming the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time.

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.

Foals' debut is powered by their fifth LP, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 1, which launches at No. 9 on the Top Rock Albums chart with 12,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. The set marks the group's first top 10 on the ranking, after 2015's What Went Down (No. 11) and 2013's Holy Fire (No. 23).

Pinkfong hits a new Emerging Artists high at No. 2, as Pinkfong Presents: The Best of Baby Shark debuts at No. 1 on Kid Albums (4,000 sold), while its viral hit "Baby Shark" holds in the Hot 100's top 40 (No. 35).

Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart's top five, City Girls rise 4-3, Lauv dips 3-4 and Lil Nas X jumps 14-5, as his breakout hit "Old Town Road" rockets 83-51 on the Hot 100.

Plus, Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion debuts at No. 17 on Emerging Artists thanks to a pair of singles scaling the Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop airplay chart. "Big Ole Freak" lifts 18-17, and Wale's "Poledancer," on which she's featured, pushes 29-26.

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