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Samantha Fish, King Von & Gashi Debut on Emerging Artists Chart

Samantha Fish debuts at No. 8 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Oct. 5), as her new LP Kill or Be Kind opens at No. 1 on both Blues Albums and Heatseekers Albums with 5,000 copies sold…

Samantha Fish debuts at No. 8 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart (dated Oct. 5), as her new LP Kill or Be Kind opens at No. 1 on both Blues Albums and Heatseekers Albums with 5,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music.

Fish adds her third Blues Albums No. 1, following 2017’s Belle of the West and 2015’s Wild Heart.

Kill or Be Kind is Fish’s first Heatseekers Albums No. 1.

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, each 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.

NLE Choppa logs his fourth week at No. 1 on Emerging Artists, as his single “Camelot” rises 40-37 in its second week on the Hot 100.


Chicago-based rapper King Von debuts at No. 28 on Emerging Artists, as his Grandson, Vol. 1 arrives at No. 37 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 75 on the Billboard 200 (9,000 equivalent album units), marking his first appearance on both charts.

Plus, Albanian rapper/singer Gashi debuts at No. 37 on Emerging Artists, thanks to his sophomore self-titled LP, which launches at No. 2 on Heatseekers Albums with 2,000 copies sold. He’s tallied  two entries on the Rhythmic Songsairplay chart: “Creep on Me,” featuring French Montana and DJ Snake, reached no. 31 in January and “My Year,” with G-Eazy, hit No. 30 in March.

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