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‘Hope’ Rewarded: Gabby Barrett Hits No. 1 on Emerging Artists Chart

Gabby Barrett rises 2-1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Feb. 29), ruling for the first time thanks to her breakthrough single "I…

Gabby Barrett rises 2-1 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated Feb. 29), ruling for the first time thanks to her breakthrough single “I Hope.”

The track hits a new high on Hot Country Songs (7-6), with 19.8 million airplay audience impressions (up 9%), 8.7 million U.S. streams (up 5%) and 8,000 downloads sold (up 12%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Notably, when “I Hope” reached the top 10 on the Hot Country Songs chart dated Jan. 25, Barrett became the first woman to earn a career-opening top 10 unaccompanied by another artist since Carly Pearce, with “Every Little Thing,” in October-November 2017.


Barrett competed on ABC’s American Idol in 2018, finishing third behind winner Maddie Poppe and runner-up Caleb Lee Hutchinson.

Among other Emerging Artists chart moves, Beach Bunny debuts at No. 8, thanks to the group’s debut studio album Honeymoon (released via Mom + Pop Records). The set opens at No. 21 on Alternative Albums and No. 38 on Top Rock Albums with 6,000 equivalent album units.

Plus, Tennis arrives at No. 18 on Emerging Artists, thanks to the band’s fifth LP Swimmer (released on Mutually Detrimental Records), which debuts at No. 39 on Top Album Sales with 3,000 copies sold.

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.

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