Lil Pump is the top emerging act in the U.S., as the 17-year-old rapper climbs 2-1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Oct. 21). The ascent is powered by his breakthrough single "Gucci Gang," which reaches new peaks of No. 12 on Hot Rap Songs and No. 46 on the Billboard Hot 100.
"Gucci Gang" rises by 12 percent to 16 million streams and 15 percent to 6,000 downloads sold in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. The streaming bump sends the track 19-16 on the Streaming Songs chart.
The Emerging Artists chart uses 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. 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 Pump succeeds A Boogie Wit da Hoodie, who graduates from the Emerging Artists chart thanks to the chart arrival of the rapper's debut album The Bigger Artist, which opens at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 (67,000 units). Streaming contributes the majority of Lil Pump's Emerging Artist points (81 percent), followed by digital song sales (12 percent).
The No. 1 placement follows the release of Lil Pump's debut self-titled studio album, which could debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 (dated Oct. 28).
Elsewhere on the Emerging Artists chart, Bhad Bhabie leaps 12-5 as the 14-year-old's "Hi Bich" begins at a new personal best of No. 68 on the Hot 100. Her first entry, "These Heaux," hit No. 77 on the Hot 100 chart dated Sept. 23. "Hi Bich" arrives largely thanks to streaming, as the song earned 11 million streams and sold 3,000 downloads sold in the tracking week.
Check out this week's full Emerging Artists chart here.