Lauv Leaps to No. 1 on Emerging Artists Chart, Influence Music Debuts in Top 10


Plus, Morgan Wallen reaches a new peak at No. 2.

Lauv is the top emerging act in the U.S. for the first time, as the San Francisco-based pop singer-songwriter jumps from No. 6 to No. 1 on Billboard's Emerging Artists chart (dated June 9).

The Emerging Artists chart ranks the most popular developing artists 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, the 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.

Lauv, 23, and whose real name is Ari Leff, tops Emerging Artists on the strength his breakthrough single “I Like Me Better,” which has been a slow and steady builder. On the Pop Songs airplay chart, “Better” is still gaining in its 33rd week on the list, holding at its No. 13 peak to date. It also hits a new No. 28 high on the Radio Songs chart, up 7 percent to 35.5 million all-genre airplay impressions, according to Nielsen Music, while drawing 6.9 million U.S. streams and selling 7,000 downloads in the tracking week.

“Better” is from Lauv's debut LP I Met You When I Was 18. (The Playlist), released May 31; he first released the track in May 2017.

Directly below Lauv, Morgan Wallen jumps 8-2, reaching a new peak as his single “Up Down,” featuring Florida Georgia Line, holds at its No. 6 high on the Hot Country Songs chart. The collab climbs 8-6 on Country Airplay and 33-31 on Radio Songs chart (34.1 million, up 4 percent).

Rounding out the Emerging Artists' top five, fellow country artist Jordan Davis leaps 7-3, after previously spending four weeks at No. 1; Normani,  on-hiatus Fifth Harmony, bounds 10-4; and K-pop group Wanna One jumps 15-5.

Among other Emerging Artists moves, Christian/gospel collective Influence Music debuts at No. 8, the chart's highest entrance, as its first full-length Touching Heaven arrives at No. 2 on Top Christian Albums with 4,000 equivalent album units. The entirety that sum is from traditional album sales, as the set starts at No. 29 on the Top Album Sales chart.

Influence Music (Matt Gilman, Melody Noel, Michael Ketterer and Whitney Medina) is based at the Influence Church in Anaheim Hills, California.

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