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Lil Xan Hits Top Five on Emerging Artists Chart

Lil Xan's move is powered by the rapper's debut single "Betrayed," which enters the Rap Digital Song Sales chart at No. 25, up 278 percent to 11,000 downloads sold, while boasting 8.7 million U.S…

Lil Xan leaps from No. 10 to No. 5 for a new peak on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated Jan. 6).

The move is powered by the 21-year-old rapper’s debut single “Betrayed,” which enters the Rap Digital Song Sales chart at No. 25, up 278 percent to 11,000 downloads sold, while boasting 8.7 million U.S. streams (in the week ending Dec. 28), according to Nielsen Music.

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 Billboard 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.

The official video for “Betrayed,” which Lil Xan released in August, has drawn 82 million global views on YouTube to date.

“Betrayed” concurrently ranks at No. 75 on the Hot 100 (after reaching No. 67) and No. 32 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (after hitting No. 28).

LANCO returns to No. 1 on the Emerging Artists chart for a fifth total week after four contestants from The Voice pushed the country group to No. 5 last week. LANCO leads as its former Hot Country Songs No. 1 “Greatest Love Story” gains 78 percent to 22,000 downloads sold, while tallying 4.9 million U.S. streams and 31 million radio audience impressions.

Rounding out the Artist 100’s top five, Russell Dickerson jumps 6-2 (a new peak), MAX rises 8-3 (also a new high) and Walker Hayes hikes 7-4.


Among other Artist 100 moves, Zacari climbs 14-6, reaching the top 10 for the first time on the strength of his feature on Kendrick Lamar‘s “Love.” Following the Dec. 21 arrival of its official video, the single vaults 22-11 on the Hot 100, rising 53 percent to 19.2 million U.S. streams, marking the chart’s greatest streaming gain. It also soars by 183 percent to 32,000 sold and 1 percent to 62 million airplay audience impressions.

Meanwhile, controversial YouTube star Logan Paul re-enters Emerging Artists at a new peak of No. 14, driven entirely by gains in digital song sales, led by “Santa Diss Track” (9,000 sold, up 191 percent). On Dec. 31, Paul sparked controversy when he posted a video of himself in Japan’s Aokigahara forest to his YouTube channel, showing the body of a person who had committed suicide. He deleted the clip on Jan. 1 and issued an apology, but has said he’s taking a break from vlogs for “time to reflect.”

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