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Don Toliver Tops Emerging Artists Chart, Thanks to Jackboys Debut

Houston-based rapper Don Toliver tops Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Jan. 11), bounding 5-1 to become the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by three songs on the…

Houston-based rapper Don Toliver tops Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated Jan. 11), bounding 5-1 to become the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by three songs on the Billboard Hot 100 and a boosted profile thanks to his contributions to star collective Jackboys, whose self-titled album launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Toliver’s solo single “No Idea” leads at No. 46 on the Hot 100, fueled by 17.4 million U.S. streams in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music, while two songs from the Jackboys’ album debut: “Had Enough,” featuring Quavo and Offset, at No. 52, and “What to Do?,” with Jackboys, at No. 56.

Jackboys opens atop the Billboard 200 with 154,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. in the week ending Jan. 2, according to Nielsen Music. The act comprises Toliver, Travis Scott, Sheck Wes and Chase B.


Toliver dethrones NLE Choppa on Emerging Artists, after the latter, now at No. 2, led the list for 14 total weeks.

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.

Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart’s top five, Trevor Daniel falls 2-3, Lil Phag re-enters at No. 4, as his new EP The Final Albumdebuts atop Comedy Albums and at No. 138 on the Billboard 200, and Jimmie Allen rises 6-5.

Among other Emerging Artists moves, Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke re-enters at No. 16, thanks to his work on the Jackboys album, as “Gatti,” billed as by him, Jackboys and Scott, debuts at No. 69 on the Hot 100.

Plus, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Travis Denning debuts at No. 35 on Emerging Artists on the strength of his second chartedsingle, “After a Few,” which hits new highs on Country Airplay (No. 22) and Hot Country Songs (No. 29).

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