City Girls hit No. 1 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated April 6), becoming the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by the Miami-based hip-hop duo’s singles “Act Up” and “Twerk,” featuring Cardi B.
“Act Up” jumps 50-43 on the Billboard Hot 100, hitting a new high, with 16 million U.S. streams. 6.3 million in airplay audience and 2,000 downloads sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. “Twerk” rises 51-50 on the Hot 100, after reaching No. 29 in February.
The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists each 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.
Two notable acts graduate from the Emerging Artists chart this week. Lil Nas X does so after spending three weeks on the chart (and climbing to No. 2 last week), as his breakout viral smash “Old Town Road” rockets 32-15 on the Hot 100 (see rules above). Morgan Wallen also graduates after spending 62 weeks on Emerging Artists (reaching No. 2 last June), as he earns his second top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart with “Whiskey Glasses.”
Los Angeles-based trio Wallows debuts at No. 4 on Emerging Artists, as the group’s debut studio album Nothing Happens arrives at No. 13 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 75 on the Billboard 200 with 10,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.
Rounding out the Emerging Artists top five, Pinkfong dips to No. 2 after a week at No. 1, Lauv rises 4-3 and Stray Kids vault 19-5, reaching the top five for the first time on the strength of the K-pop group’s new single “MIROH,” which opens at No. 2 on World Digital Song Sales, and its social presence, as the act ascends 6-4 on the Social 50 chart, reaching a new peak.
Plus, The End Machine debuts at No. 25 on Emerging Artists, thanks to the group’s debut self-titled album, which opens at No. 3 on Heatseekers Albums (2,000 copies sold). The band consists of three original Dokken members (George Lynch, Jeff Pilson and Mick Brown), plus former Lynch Mob and current Warrant singer Robert Mason.
Check out this week’s full Emerging Artists chart here.