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Julien Baker Debuts on Emerging Artists Chart, Dua Lipa Holds at No. 1

Singer-songwriter Julien Baker, signed to Matador Records, earns the week's highest debut on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Nov. 18), as she bows at No. 7 on the strength of her sophomore…

Singer-songwriter Julien Baker, signed to Matador Records, earns the week’s highest debut on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart (dated Nov. 18), as she bows at No. 7 on the strength of her sophomore album Turn Out the Lights.

The Emerging Artists chart uses the same formula as the all-encompassing Billboard Artist 100, which measures activity across multiple Billboard charts, including the Billboard Hot 100Billboard 200 and the Social 50. 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.

Turn Out the Lights concurrently opens at No. 12 on the Top Rock Albums chart and No. 78 on the Billboard 200 with 8,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music. Comparatively, Baker’s 2015 debut set Sprained Ankle opened with 1,000 units. Her new set also starts at No. 1 on Vinyl Albums and No. 3 on the Americana/Folk Albums chart.


The 22-year-old has released two music videos from the album, for the title track on Oct. 11, and, previously, “Appointments” on Sept. 14. The latter has launched to nearly 500,000 global views on YouTube.

Dua Lipa tops the Emerging Artists chart for a sixth total week, as the pop-singer-songwriter’s breakout single “New Rules” surges 34-26 on the Hot 100. (Note that an artist can graduate from the Emerging Artists chart after reaching the Hot 100’s top 25.) “Rules” rises by 17 percent to 17 million U.S. streams and 9 percent to 26 million radio audience impressions.

Rounding out the Emerging Artists chart’s top five, LANCO rises 3-2, Carly Pearce dips 2-3 and Russell Dickerson and GoldLink hold at Nos. 4 and 5, respectively.


Among other moves, MAX rises 11-10, as his breakthrough single “Lights Down Low,” featuring gnash, reaches a new peak on the Hot 100 at No. 84. The track is MAX’s first Hot 100 entry and rises 6 percent to 20 million radio impressions and 5 percent to 6,000 downloads sold.

Also notably, Colombian singer-songwriter Karol G debuts at No. 20 on Emerging Artists, as her debut album, Unstoppable, arrives at No. 2 on the Top Latin Albums chart. She has also scored three entries on the Hot Latin Songs chart; on the Nov. 4 tally, “Ahora Me Llama,” with Bad Bunny, became her first top 10.

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