Alice Merton Makes Billboard Hot 100 Debut With ‘No Roots’

The song previously topped the Alternative & Adult Alternative Songs charts.

German-Irish-Canadian singer-songwriter Alice Merton, 24, earns her first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (dated April 7), as “No Roots” debuts at No. 100. The song, which has already found success on Billboard’s rock charts, garnered 19 million radio audience impressions, 3.1 million U.S. streams and sold 10,000 downloads in the tracking week, according to Nielsen Music. In February, Merton became the first woman to hit No. 1 on the Rock Airplay chart since Lorde, with “Royals,” in 2014. A week later, Merton became just the ninth solo woman to hit No. 1 as a lead on the Alternative Songs airplay chart (which began in 1988). Merton first led the Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart for four weeks beginning Dec. 30. Now in its 32nd week on Alternative Songs and its 26th frame on Adult Alternative Songs, “Roots” has taken hold at pop formats. It keeps at its No. 16 high in its 19th week on Adult Pop Songs and climbs 31-29 in its seventh week on Pop Songs. Merton, Billboard’s Chartbreaker spotlight artist in October, says that her nomadic lifestyle inspired “Roots,” as she has lived in Germany, Canada, England and the U.S. While visiting her parents in England three years ago, she realized, “I didn’t have just one place where I could say, ‘That’s my home.’ ” Merton ranks at No. 12 on the Emerging Artists chart (after hitting No. 8), while “Roots” places at No. 8 on Hot Rock Songs (after reaching No. 5). The hit appears on Merton’s debut EP No Roots, released in February 2017.