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NCT Returns to No. 1 on Emerging Artists Chart, Future Islands Debut at No. 2

Billboard logo Billboard 2020-10-21 Xander Zellner

NCT leaps from No. 10 to No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart (dated Oct. 24), returning for a second week on top and for the first time since May 2018, thanks to the group’s new album Resonance, Pt. 1.

The set debuts at No. 6 on the World Albums chart with 4,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The album’s “Make a Wish (Birthday Song)” debuts at No. 11 on World Digital Song Sales.

Also aiding the group’s return to No. 1 on Emerging Artists is its social reach, driven mostly by Twitter reactions. NCT ranks at No. 2 on the Social 50 chart, with a 128 percent increase in overall activity.

NCT is the second K-pop act to lead Emerging Artists this year, following its sub-group NCT Dream in May.

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Future Island debuts at No. 2 on Emerging Artists as their sixth LP, As Long as You Are, arrives at No. 7 on Alternative Albums (9,000 units). It also starts at No. 1 on Vinyl Albums with 4,000 copies sold on vinyl. The album’s single “For Sure” holds at its No. 16 high on the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart.

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.


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