ZHU, Corbin, D'Angelo, iloveMakonnen & OB OBrien Top Billboard's Emerging Artists Chart

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This week the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart sees a pretty diverse group of artists as ZHU, Corbin, D'Angelo, iloveMakonnen and OB OBrien grace the top five spots.


EDM Producer ZHU sits at the number one spot with "Paradise Awaits Pt. 2" featuring Goldlink.

The song is the second installment to his original "Paradise Awaits" track and this version gets a serious dose of Hip-Hop twist added to it.

Goldlink spits a pretty mean verse in the sensual song about the final meeting between two lovers.

They even sample some lyrics from the classic Sisqo "The Thong Song." The original version of the song can be found on ZHU's "The Nightday EP."

Listen To "Paradise Awaits Pt. 2" Featuring Goldlink


In the second spot comes Corbin aka Spooky Black with "Worn" produced by Shlohmo, D33J, Bobby Raps and Psymun. The song features a dark EDM feel that turns into a Travi$ Scott-like Hip-Hop breakdown.

It is dark, heavy and completely filled with emotion. The mix of producers on this track enhances the entire feel making this one successful song for the number two spot of the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart.

Listen to "Worn"

D'Angelo, The Vanguard

The soulful sounds of D'Angelo makes the third spot on the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart with "Betray My Heart." The song can be found on D'Angelo and The Vanguards "Black Messiah" album.

The wonderful addition of The Vanguards band makes a Jazz and R&B combination for the history books. The sound is crisp and clean along with soulful lyrics skillfully delivered by D'Angelo.

Listen to "Betray My Heart"


Things get a little Hip-Hop heavy towards the end of the top five list with LoveMakonnen's "Swerve." The song appeared on the Mike WiLL Made It mixtape "Ransom." The track is all about Makonnen having to "Swerve" on people he is trying to avoid.

He is trying to be "in the high times now" according to Makonnen in his lyrics. the beat is pretty smooth and would be a nice track to "Swerve" to in your car.

Listen to Swerve

OB OBrien

Rounding out the top five of the Billboard Emerging Artists Chart is OVO artist OB OBrien with his new track "Schemin' Up," featuring Drake and P. Reign. The OVO crew is back producing some hot verses that fit their lavish lifestyle.

The track is self explanatory all about money, cars and women. Both P. Reign and Drake drop hot verses to help boost OB OBrien into popularity as he continues to make his way up the charts. It certainly looks like the TOPSZN is making a rise.

Listen to "Schemin' Up" featuring Drake and P. Reign