Lil Baby is the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, as the Atlanta-based rapper vaults from No. 18 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart (dated May 26).
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, of the 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.
Lil Baby (whose full name is Dominique Jones, 23) tops the chart on the strength of his new single “Yes Indeed,” with Drake, which debuts at No. 29 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and No. 49 on the Hot 100.
The track arrives with 13.6 million U.S. streams and 8,000 downloads sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music, prompting a No. 30 entry on the Streaming Songs chart. The song is Lil Baby’s second entry on the Hot 100, following “My Dawg,” which reached No. 71 in January.
“Yes Indeed” is from Lil Baby’s debut LP Harder Than Ever, which is slated to debut in the top five of next week’s Billboard 200 (dated June 2).
Lil Baby dethrones Bad Wolves, who graduate from the Emerging Artists chart as their debut LP Disobey arrives at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 with 19,000 equivalent album units.
Juice WRLD jumps 34-3 on Emerging Artists, entering the top 10 for the first time, as the rapper debuts his first two tracks on the Hot 100: “Lucid Dreams,” at No. 74, and “All Girls Are the Same,” at No. 92.
Rounding out the top five, Lauv rises 3-2, Jordan Davis falls 2-4 and Morgan Wallen climbs 6-5.
Among other Emerging Artists moves, Kyla Jade, a contestant on the just-wrapped 14th season of NBC’s The Voice, vaults 47-7, as her cover of The Beatles’ “Let It Be” opens at No. 27 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 12,000 sold. The show’s new champ, Brynn Cartelli, bows at No. 31.
Check out this week’s full Emerging Artists chart here.