“Lights Down Low” singer Max is the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, as he jumps 4-1 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated Feb. 10).
The rise of the 25-year-old pop singer-songwriter (born Max Schneider) is powered by his breakthrough single, featuring Gnash, which holds at its No. 38 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week.
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.
“Lights” hits the top 10 of the all-genre Radio Songs chart for the first time, rising 12-9 and gaining 15 percent to 68 million radio audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. The single also sports 6.4 million U.S. streams and 12,000 downloads sold.
The Emerging Artists coronation is especially notable for Max given that he first released “Lights” in October 2016. Since then, he has scored three entries on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. He has also debuted two titles on Billboard‘s Heatseekers Albums chart, both in 2016: his Wrong EP (No. 12) and his third studio album, Hell’s Kitchen Angels (No. 7).
Meanwhile, Cory Asbury re-enters the Emerging Artists chart at a new No. 3 peak, as his debut album Reckless Love opens at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums with 11,000 equivalent album units. The set’s title track hits a new high on the Hot Christian Songs chart, at No. 7.
Check out this week’s full Emerging Artists chart here.