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Beyonce & Kendrick Lamar Collaborator Baby Keem Debuts on Emerging Artists Chart

Rapper/producer Baby Keem makes his Billboard chart debut, opening at No. 44 on the Emerging Artists survey (dated Dec. 21), thanks to his breakout single "Orange Soda."

The song debuts at No. 50 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart with 2.7 million radio audience impressions (up 185%), according to Nielsen Music, marking his first entrance on a Billboard songs chart. The track also logged 4.2 million U.S. streams in the latest tracking week (up 22%).

Baby Keem (full name: Hykeem Carter), 18, co-wrote and co-produced Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar's "Nile," which was released on The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack (by Beyoncé and other artists), which launched at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums in August.

Baby Keem also co-wrote and co-produced Zacari's "Redemption Interlude," from last year's Black Panther soundtrack. He additionally wrote tracks on ScHoolboy Q's Crash Talk album and Jay Rock's Redemption.

NLE Choppa returns to No. 1 on Emerging Artists for a 12th total week on top, as his single "Camelot" rebounds 73-66 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Elsewhere on Emerging Artists, The Voice contestant Ricky Duran debuts at No. 20, thanks to his cover of The Beatles' "Let It Be." His version, which he performed on the show on Dec. 9, debuts at No. 30 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 6,000 downloads sold.

Duran made his Billboard chart debut last week (Dec. 14), when his cover of Albert King's "Born Under a Bad Sign" debuted at No. 1 on Blues Digital Song Sales and No. 2 on Rock Digital Song Sales.

Plus, fellow Voice contestant Rose Short debuts at No. 35 on Emerging Artists thanks to her cover of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," which begins at No. 13 on R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales (4,000 sold). She likewise made her chart start last week with a cover of Blake Shelton's "God's Country," which opened at No. 20 on Country Digital Song Sales.

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 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.

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