Less than two weeks after they became the respective winners of The Voice and American Idol, Maelyn Jarmon and Laine Hardy are coming out strong on the music charts. According to Billboard, Maelyn and Laine have taken the top two spots on the Emerging Artists chart.
Maelyn Jarmon took the top spot, replacing the rap duo City Girls, who held the spot for eight weeks. Billboard reports that four of Maelyn’s songs have made it onto the Digital Song Sales chart — with “Hallelujah” the highest at No. 6 and 20,000 sold. Maelyn’s EP The Voice: The Complete Season 16 Collection also debuted at No. 173 on the 200 albums chart.
Maelyn’s iTunes streams were one of the reasons Talent Recap predicted her to be the Season 16 winner of The Voice, so it’s no surprise that she’s already doing so well on the charts after her win. But there will be more where that came from! As she told us at the Finale, we can expect more music from her soon.
Season 17 Idol winner Laine Hardy, meanwhile, is No. 2 on the Emerging Artists chart. His single “Flame” is at No. 8 on the Digital Song Sales chart with 18,000 sold. He’s also been making the rounds on talk shows like Live With Kelly & Ryan and Jimmy Kimmel Live. The partnership with ABC is fully paying off for the recent winner.
Billboard also shared some good news for Maelyn’s fellow Voice contestants Gyth Rigdon and Andrew Sevener. They’re at No. 6 and No. 11 on the Emerging Artists chart, respectively. Gyth’s song “Proof I’ve Always Loved You” is at No. 29 on Digital Song Sales, and Andrew’s “Rural Route Raising” charted at 44.
Just as we watched The Voice and American Idol going neck and neck in the ratings this season, it’s interesting to follow this season’s winners as they enter the music industry. Not that we need to pit Maelyn and Laine against each other, of course. They’re individuals who both clearly have devoted fan bases. Their chart performance goes to show that talent competitions can be great launching pads for young artists. We expect to see a lot more from both of them in the coming years!