Knocked Loose Debuts Atop Emerging Artists Chart, Summer Walker Soars


Knocked Loose’s sophomore album debuts at No. 26 on the Billboard 200.

Hardcore punk band Knocked Loose debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated Sept. 7), becoming the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by the chart start of its sophomore LP, A Different Shade of Blue.

The set, released on Pure Noise Records, arrives at No. 2 on both the Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts and at No. 26 on the all-genre Billboard 200 with 17,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music, marking the group's second and highest-charting entry on all three rankings.

The act's debut LP, Laugh Tracks, reached No. 18 on Top Rock Albums and No. 163 on the Billboard 200 in October 2016.

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.

Rounding out the Emerging Artists top five, NLE Choppa rises 4-2, SHAED holds at No. 3, Lil Tjay jumps 7-4 and Matt Stell rises 9-5.

Among other moves, Summer Walker vaults from No. 50 to No. 8, reaching a new peak and entering the top 10 for the first time on the strength of her new single "Playing Games," which debuts at No. 87 on the Billboard Hot 100. Walker adds her second Hot 100 entry, after "Girls Need Love," with Drake, rose to No. 37 in March.

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