Ultimate Roundup: Kendrick Lamar Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Drake Goes to Eleven, Big Mover Trey Songz, Gorillaz to the Rescue!, The Originator – Chuck Berry, RaeLynn Goes Wild, Luke Combs Graduates

Ultimate 100 Artists

Drake’s massive More Life numbers send him back into the #1 spot, unseating Ed Sheeran and his 5-week run

Of course, Ed Sheeran doesn’t go far and holds #2 (he’s been at either #1 or #2 since 1/12)

Bruno Mars takes #3

Rick Ross moves #7-4 with further activity around Rather You Than Me

The Weeknd rounds out the Top 5 at #5

Kendrick Lamar re-enters at #10 with a new single, The Heart Part 4, his first Top 100 appearance since September

We saw the lead-up and now Trey Songz is the week’s top Big Mover going +69 to #15 with the release of Tremaine the Album

The Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Original Motion Picture Cast is up #36-19 as fans of the live-action reboot flock to the soundtrack

Keith Urban keeps the heat up with a #44-29 rise here while moving into #2 on Ultimate Country Artists

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz are back, releasing four new songs and earning #34

Zedd & Alessia Cara are proving to be a potent combo, rise to #35

Lil Uzi Vert’s new animated video is garnering a lot of attention, sending him up #72-45

Posthumous activity around the groundbreaking music of icon and legend Chuck Berry brings the original guitar slinger in at #47

Disturbed continue their long run of consistency, are +21 to #58

Jason Derulo’s new jam with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign sends him #95-71

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill are making an album together and the lead single brings them in for a #73 Debut as a duo

The release of RaeLynn’s debut album, Wild Horse, gives her a #82 Debut here and a #13 re-entry on Ultimate Country Artists

Luke Combs becomes our seventh Emerging Artists chart graduate of 2017 as he goes +25 to slip in for a Debut at #100!

Ultimate 100 Songs

Despite losing the top Artists spot to Drake’s onslaught, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You holds #1 for a sixth week

Bruno Mars That’s What I Like takes week five at #2

Body Like a Back Road from Sam Hunt moves up #4-3 while remaining at #1 Ultimate Country Songs for a 8th consecutive week

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This is at #4

Kendrick Lamar’s The Heart Part 4 Debuts at #5

Emerging Artists chart graduate Kodak Black’s Tunnel Vision rises to #8

Stay from Zedd & Alessia Cara goes Top 10 at #9

OK, let’s take a Drake break…the dude has eleven songs in the Top 100 this week, all Debuts save for Fake Love!

The first official duet from Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s upcoming album project, Speak to a Girl, Debuts #22 here and #2 on Ultimate Country Songs

Ed Sheeran Shape of You (Stormzy Remix) Debuts #38

Look at Me! From Xxxtentacion is the week’s top Big Mover, up 43 to #42 on strong streaming activity

The animated video for Lil Uzi Vert’s XO TOUR Llif3 brings it in for a #63 Debut

G-Eazy & Kehlani’s Good Life goes #97-67

Jason Derulo Swalla (ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) Debuts #72

Current #1 Emerging Artist Rag’N’Bone Man’s soulful Human Debuts #73 as it makes the leap to Top 40 radio

Rick Ross brings some heat with Idols Become Rivals (ft. Chris Rock), which Debuts #86

Zayn releases another jam, Still Got Time (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR), for a #93 Debut

Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast in the new Beauty and the Beast, has his film version of Evermore (ft. London Voices) grab on for a #100 Debut

Emerging Artists

We close out the first quarter with our seventh graduate, Luke Combs! He went +25 to slip in to Ultimate 100 Artists at #100 this week and is #15 on Ultimate Country Artists. His single, Hurricane, is #52 on Ultimate 100 Songs and #6 on Ultimate Country Songs.

This makes Rag’N’Bone Man our #1 artist for the week and he came so close to graduating as well, coming in at #102 on Ultimate 100 Artists! Human has already been a smash in the U.K. and is working towards that here in the U.S. as it crosses over to Top 40 radio. The track Debuted #73 on Ultimate 100 Songs this week and it is a safe bet that this soulful singer will graduate next week.

We have a good feeling about LANCO, who are now up to #6 as Greatest Love Story gains traction with fans in a meaningful way and is #32 on Ultimate Country Songs

As noted last week, rapper GoldLink is on the rise. His At What Cost album dropped on Friday (3/24) and he continues to surge, this week going #24-7.

Rapper, and recent Dreamville signee, J.I.D  quickly makes the move to Emerging with a #31 Debut this week; let’s see if he can hold on behind his sick track, Never.

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Ultimate Roundup: Would You Rather, Ricky Rozay Edition

More Drake, Beauty and the Beast Enchants the Charts, A Spirited Release from Depeche Mode, Climate Change Fuels Pitbull, Russ Takes Control, A Spoon-ful of Hot Thoughts

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran remains #1 for the 5th week in a row (he’s been at either #1 or #2 since 1/12)

Bruno Mars holds on to #2 for the 5th week in a row

The Weeknd moves up to #3

Future comes in at #4…and watchoutnow, the Nobody Safe Tour pops off May 4th at the FedEx Forum in Memphis

With More Life smashing streaming records that Ed Sheeran recently set, Drake moves #13-5 and will rise further next week

Rick Ross’s superstar-feature-packed Rather You Than Me brings him back to the Top 100 with a strong #7 re-entry

+22 to #14 are Zayn & Taylor Swift behind a resurging I Don’t Wanna Live Forever

Emerging Artist chart graduate Kodak Black enters the Top 20 at #18

Beauty and the Beast is an absolute beast at the box office and the soundtrack sends Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Original Motion Picture Cast up #58-36

Machine Gun Kelly’s latest collab with a powerful pop force gives him Big Mover status, +31 to #43

Charlotte, North Carolina’s Elevation Worship released There Is a Cloud on Friday and come in at #50

Zedd & Alessia Cara are this week’s top Big Mover, going from #91 to #53

Depeche Mode shows that well into their 4th decade they still have…Spirit…their 14th album release gives them the #54 spot this week; huge North American dates kick off in SLC on 8/23

Flip it: Climate Change fuels Pitbull’s global warming #64 re-entry this week, and talk about globalization, this dude will be playing all over the world this year, including dates with Enrique Iglesias and a residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas this summer

Auli’i Cravalho move #88-71

Last week Russ became the 6th Emerging Artists chart graduate this year with his #89 Debut and this week he makes a nice +15 rise to #74

Former Emerging Artist A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie doesn’t stay away from the Top 100 for long, re-entering at #78

K-Pop group GOT7 re-enters the chart at #96 with the release of the Flight Log: Arrival EP, their first appearance since October

At #96 are Austin’s indie rock masters Spoon, who dropped their 9th album, Hot Thoughts, and return to the Top 100 for the first time since August, 2014 when They Want My Soul came out

Ultimate 100 Songs

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You holds #1 for a fifth week

Bruno Mars That’s What I Like takes week four at #2

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This moves #5-3

Body Like a Back Road from Sam Hunt is back up to #4 while remaining at #1 Ultimate Country Songs for a 7th consecutive week

Zayn & Taylor Swift I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) resurges #11-5 on massive radio airplay

The Weeknd’s 2nd collab with the most famous French androids around, I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk) blasts into the Top 10 #20-7

After flirting with the Top 10 in February, Say You Won’t Let Go from James Arthur finally breaks in with an impressive #23-10 jump

Zedd & Alessia Cara Stay goes #36-19

In Case You Didn’t Know from Brett Young makes a nice #56-40 climb while going up a spot to #3 on Ultimate Country Songs

#1 Emerging Artist Luke CombsHurricane is +14 to #53 while cracking the Top 5 on Ultimate Country Songs

You’re Welcome, Duane Johnson’s big tune from Moana, is +22 to #54

Lorde’s Liability moves to #56 after Debuting at #83 last week

Machine Gun Kelly stays on target as At My Best (ft. Hailee Steinfeld) makes a #58 Debut, joining #32 Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello)

Linkin Park Heavy featuring Emerging Artists chart graduate Kiiara (our June 2016 Emerging Artist of the Month) goes #77-62

The new one from Frank Ocean, Chanel, Debuts #86

Rick Ross Trap Trap Trap (ft. Young Thug & Wale) Debuts #93

G-Eazy & Kehlani Fate of the Furious cut, Good Life, e-brake slides in for a #97 Debut

Emerging Artists

Notable performers at last week’s South by Southwest appearing on this week’s chart were: Rag’N’Bone Man (#2), Rob $tone (#4), Maggie Rogers (#5), Starley (#6), Madeintyo (#11), Nebu Kiniza (#14), Bishop Briggs (#15), San Holo (#19), Hippo Campus (#20), Missio (#25), R.LUM.R (#28), THEY. (#32), Ralo (#33), Mondo Cozmo (#39)

Luke Combs and Rag’N’Bone Man retain #1 & #2, respectively, this week and are both closing in on Ultimate 100 Songs so we’ll watch for them to be our next graduates if their trajectory continues in the next 1-3 weeks

March Emerging Artist of the Month Maggie Rogers was one of the most-talked about acts at SxSw last week; she heads into the Top 5

Country singer and songwriter Michael Tyler released his debut album, 317, on Friday 3/17 (no accident) and is +7 to #18 (if he had been +3 to #17 it would have been amazing)

Moving #36-24, GoldLink is gearing up: he has announced the At What Cost album release for this Friday (3/24) while trickling out new tracks and has Coachella and cool dates with Little Dragon on the horizon

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Ultimate Roundup: SxSw 2nd Half Update

Wait. What? Where are we? Ah…the office. OK, yeah we’re back home in the office…

Before we go any further, if you missed our SxSw Mid-Week Update on Thursday, covering our first three days in Austin, CHECK IT OUT HERE.

OK, you’re back? Good…let’s move on.

Thursday = It’s a Marathon, Folks

This is the point where your training comes to bear. If you don’t have your game tight you’re going to suffer from a lack of efficiency, missing bands, nursing sore feet, fighting off the sniffles, etc. But we here at BigChampagne are professionals and were ready to keep scouting this incredible scene.

The weather was warming up, making the cool vibes of the Music is Universal showcase at legendary Antone’s just perfection. Tei Shi classed us up with her beautiful vocals, it was like soul AC. Next we were privileged to enjoy March Emerging Artist of the MonthMaggie RogersOn + OffDog Years, and, of course, Alaska sounded terrific live! Maggie makes our charts go pitter-patter.

In the evening it was all about the Polyvinyl Records showcase at Cheer Up Charlie’s, where the parachute awning and rock wall backdrop were awesome. Jay Som gave us proper Alternative Rock vibes and Louisville duders White Reaper just straight up brought it. Good stuff.

One of our favorite acts from SxSw 2016 was PWR BTTM and it was soooooo cool to see how far they’ve come since then! It is hard to describe the beautiful blur of energy that they are up on stage; definitely do yourself a solid and catch them live when you get the chance.

We couldn’t refuse a second time around with Beach Slang, who had already rocked us on Wednesday night. They were incredible once again, leaving us with big, fuzzy guitars vibrating our hearts as we caught a ride back to our beds.

Friday = St. Paddy’s Day, SxSw Style

There were definitely green-colored festivities abound, but we were just all about the acts…so much to see and hear.

The day kicked off with quickly-rising Swedish singer Skott, who’s lovely, flowing energy instantly cooled us off from the heat of the Texas afternoon. Almost concurrently, Montréalaise chanteuse Charlotte Cardin drew us in hook, line, and sinker with her deeply soulful songs of love and heartbreak. A super-cool rendition of Post Malone’s Go Flex was the cherry on top.

Now we were On the Run South Down Red River (feature film coming 2018) to complete our International Daytime Triple-Threat (patent pending) by catching  20-year-old Norwegian, Sigrid. Nothing was going to stop us. Nothing. Except…a, excuse us, a DAMN fine cup of coffee and pie from Twin Peaks‘ Double R Diner. Back on track and properly caffeinated and sugared we caught the Don’t Kill My Vibe singer’s set and were flying high on positive pop energy, pondering where she keeps that VOICE!

In peak form at this point, but definitely feeling the heat, we decided to grab a grounded, soothing break with Hamilton Leithauser, who put on a terrific set at Antone’s, before regrouping.

Evening was upon us and we were laser-focused on one mission: Mastodon‘s first live performance in 6 months. J.A. and #MondayNightStephen linked up, we hustled, and were rewarded with a great set from Seattle’s Chastity Belt, and of course you know we weren’t mad at a third helping of some Beach Slang! Then the  wildlings from Atlanta bludgeoned the boiling crowd with some favs as well as new cuts like Andromeda from the Empire of Sand album.

All we had to do next was cross the street and go from seeing an Atlanta band to one from Athens, GA, how appropriate! We got to catch the end of a set from Mothers last year and were happy to get them in this year at Barracuda Backyard before another mega-tight set from Minus the Bear.

Saturday = Still Standing

The final full day of SxSw is not for the faint of heart, many have departed or are heading to the airport at this point. We get it, they have things to do and what not…just kidding. We don’t get it at all! Look at all the amazing live music left to be had!

The weather was beautiful. A perfect day for some South by San Jose action right down the street from our house on South Congress. Deep, groovy vibes from Austin funk distributors Khruangbin were just what the doctor ordered to combat the sunscreen-evaporating rays. DAMN they were they cool!

Next on the bill was the ever-fabulous PWR BTTM, who put it all down for their last set of the week. We were 1000% on board. Everyone in attendance was. Cherry Glazerr provided a perfect follow…we laughed, we cried, we banged our heads…and we might have been a tiny bit scurred by Sasami Ashworth’s dolls and Clementine Creevy’s roaring intro. So good.

Sustenance was needed so we took advantage of the very unique setup to enjoy sushi across the street while still soaking in the sounds of Merchandise and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.

We book-ended the festival by heading back to Latitude 30, the British Music Embassy, to close things out. The energy was so high that the power reset! No joke. That didn’t stop Aquilo from taking us soaring into some beautiful songwriting with their heartfelt performance.

SuperGlu gave it their pop-punk all for their final performance of the week and the crowd was with them. Sundara Karma helped remind us all that the world is ours with a terrific set. And finally, in an unexpectedly apropos finale, Hull, England punx LIFE TORE IT DOWN!!!

Snacking on slices of ‘za as we walked back across the Colorado River, it was hard to imagine that we had just seen THIRTY-NINE sets in 5.5 days. Ingesting slices of ‘za for breakfast before heading to the airport we were a bit melancholy to leave it all behind, but content with another year of AMAZING LIVE MUSIC! This is why we dig through the data!

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Ultimate Roundup: SxSw Mid-Week Update

3 days have flown by and we have been knee-deep in AMAZING live music…here’s a quick update from the trenches…

Monday = Hit the Ground Running

After getting the house ready and stuffing tacos into our faces (obvi) we started things off with a quick set from Brooklyn indie quartet Big Thief. We then linked up with our besties from Ticketweb UK for their showcase on night one of the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30. New Jersey’s Forth Wanderers got things going and then we were honored to catch UK pop-punk  group SuperGlu‘s U.S. debut, which flowed perfectly into an indie/punk set from London’s Doe.

Tuesday = Steady as She Goes

While the charts were simmering we took a lunch break over at the Historic Scoot Inn where Austin Bug Out Day One served up North Carolinians Rainbow Kitten Surprise…imagine that Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse had a jam band-ish baby…great stuff.

Of course we had BBQ for dinner (Laaaaaaaaaambeeeeeeeeert’s) before splitting into two squads to do what needed to be done. Emerging Artists graduate (and November 2016 Emerging Artist of the MonthBishop Briggs brought the mood and big pipes to AMV Fest and Scratch House hosted Nashville alt/prog rock band Future Thieves who were followed by a pretty intense performance from British hardcore/industrial outfit This Be the Verse. Before catching another super-fun set from SuperGlu we snuck out to the patio to see what is probably the only sitar at SxSw this year, with Cincinnati, Ohio duo Dawg Yawp.

The momentum was terrific at this point and it was definitely time for some good ‘ol country 2-step so the team moved things to the Gibson Room at Maggie Mae’s and got honky tonkin’ to Whitney Rose, who also displayed her huge voice in a deceivingly tiny package with her take on the Leslie Gore classic, You Don’t Own Me.

The night was perfectly capped with another U.S. debut: UK punk duo Slaves brought much attitude and rowdy energy…their banter was just as entertaining as their high-octane, face-peeling jams. Cheer Up London and Cease Fire nearly brought the ceiling down.

Wednesday = OK, Things Are Getting Serious Here

Because we are data geeks after all, we took some time to adult at two very informative panels. Just before lunch we learned what industry leaders are doing to combat scalping and the forces behind “the bots” at Slaying Scalpers for the Beyhive & Beyond. After lunch we barely made it in to the 100% packed session on Using Data to Discover the Next Big Thing.

Then. It. Was. On. Feed the Beat had an impeccable lineup at Lustre Pearl where Philly’s Beach Slang brought HUGE guitars, BIG fuzz, and GLOWING positive energy. Next up was classic LA rock attitude a la The Runaways from Bleached and a euphoric boost of clean, precise, and emotional alternative rock from veterans Minus the Bear.

Serendipity was surely on display when we walked out of Lustre Pearl, took about 14 steps, and walked right into the Dine Alone showcase at Bungalow in time to bob our heads to Weaves, pogo along with Tokyo Police Club, and then hit the pit for legendary Austin band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Conrad Keely turned up to ELEVEN, moshing, Jason Reece writhing on the floor of the pit with mike cord wrapped around himself and about 5 fans, and a fake-fur-coat-wearing-crowd-surfing-while-shredding-the-bass Autry Fulbright II. Hallelujah!

Now we are going to gather our supplies and head back across the river to see what night #4 brings! We’ll do a formal wrap-up on Monday after we start to recover…but if you don’t hear from us send out a search party…we might be comatose in an Airstream caked in BBQ sauce and soaked in Lone Star dreaming of why we LOVE LIVE MUSIC!!!

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Ultimate Roundup: Lorde = Green Light, Go!

Ed Sheeran’s Long Division, Justin Timberlake Really Can’t Stop the Feeling, Khalid Graduates, Auli’i Cravalho Surges on Small Screens, Clean Bandit Soothes Top 10 Songs, Big Little River for Leon Bridges

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran remains #1 and is likely to stay atop the perch for a while at the rate he is going now that ÷ is out

Bruno Mars remains strong at #2

Future’s 2-album blitz keeps him right behind Bruno Mars at #3

The Weeknd holds #4

Migos are #5 for the fourth week in a row

Justin Timberlake’s Oscars opener pays dividends as the following week’s activity makes him the top Big Mover, #54-14

Aaron Watson’s Vaquero is really doing well and he moves up #53-17 after Debuting last week; a few very cool chances to catch him live in the next few weeks

The much-anticipated return of Lorde is upon us, she re-enters at #27

The collab between Zedd & Alessia Cara brings them in for a #38 Debut

Coldplay knows how to make a big blitz yet again: the Chainsmokers collab is quickly followed by the new single, Hypnotised, and they move #64-43

Khalid becomes our 5th Emerging Artist chart graduate of the year with the release of his Debut album, American Teen, boosting him to a sturdy #51 Debut here on the main chart

Julia Michaels was our 4th Emerging Artist chart graduate of the year with her #70 Debut last week and she makes a nice jump to #55 this week; a new video should further bolster her on the 3/16 chart

Now that Moana is making its way into homes, social growth and steady streaming boost Auli’i Cravalho for a #62 re-entry

Blake Shelton is +20 to #63 as the Doing It to Country Songs Tour is underway

Placement is everything: #79 re-entry Leon BridgesRiver was featured in the new HBO dark comedy-drama, Big Little Lies, driving a surge in sales of the single and his Grammy-nominated 2015 debut album, Coming Home

Ayo & Teo’s Rolex has been doing well on Ultimate 100 Songs, now the duo makes their Debut at #88 on the Artists side

Ultimate 100 Songs

Guess what? Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You is #1 again this week and he adds two more with Debuts for Perfect (#46) and Dive (#79) for a total of 5 in the Top 100 (Castle on the Hill is #50 and Thinking Out Loud is #71)

Bruno Mars That’s What I Like likes holding on to #2

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This holds on tight to #3

Body Like a Back Road from Sam Hunt stays at #4 while again remaining at #1 Ultimate Country Songs since Debuting in that spot 5 weeks ago

The aforementioned Oscars opening performance of the Best Original Song-nominated Can’t Stop the Feeling! from Justin Timberlake boosts the cut #37-5 on this week’s chart

Clean Bandit’s Rockabye (ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) enters the Top 10 after a #15-8 move as they do the rounds, including a Today Show performance, which should help keep activity up

Lorde’s big, pop, club-worthy, Jack Antonoff-produced cut, Green Light, is the week’s top Debut at #9

Stay from Zedd & Alessia Cara follows last week’s #39 Debut with a +26 climb to #13 here while going Top 5 at #3 on Ultimate EDM Songs

Issues from Emerging Artist chart graduate Julia Michaels enters the Top 20 at #18 and the new video should help it gain further next week

Moana hits small people’s small screens, How Far I’ll Go performed by Auli’i Cravalho surges #75-29, this week’s top Big Mover

Here’s the beef: Remy Ma’s Nicki Minaj diss track, Shelter, streams its way to a #45 Debut

The well-timed fourth single from Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman LP, Everyday (ft. Future), Debuts #48

…speaking of which, Future’s Mask Off is +38 to #55 while Comin Out Strong (ft. The Weeknd) Debuts #59, giving him 4 in the Top 100 with Selfish (ft. Rihanna) at #34 and Draco at #78

Airplay and streaming drive Emerging Artist chart graduate Khalid’s debut single, Location, #90-68 around the release of his debut album, American Teen

Gucci Mane Make Love (ft. Nicki Minaj) Debuts #69

Losin Control from #1 Emerging Artist Russ Debuts #90

Jason Aldean’s Any Ol’ Barstool Debuts #99

Emerging Artists

We are on a roll now! After hitting our radar as an independent artist last year and entering Emerging Artists as things look off, Khalid has now graduated the chart with the release of his debut album, American Teen, pushing him up for a strong #51 Ultimate 100 Artists debut. Location is up 22 to #68 on Ultimate 100 Songs

Russ takes over the #1 spot as Losin Control Debuts #90 on Ultimate 100 Songs; he currently sits at #116 on Ultimate 100 Artists so he could very easily be our next graduate

March Emerging Artist of the Month, Maggie Rogers, holds steady at #9

LANco moves #15-10 for their first Top 10 appearance, powered by Greatest Love Story which Debuts #39 on Ultimate Country Songs

Austin, Texas-based alternative/electronic duo Missio Debuts #28; clearly, you can catch them at SxSw next week or on the SiriusXM Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour with 888 and Coast Modern which kicks off next month

Michael Tyler Debuts #31; he co-wrote the Dierks Bentley hit, Somewhere On a Beach, and is making a break for it with They Can’t See and his upcoming debut LP, 317, that non-coincidentally drops on 3/17

We have had our eye on R.LUM.R for a while and are excited to see this soulful singer Debut here at #40 (fun fact: his stage name is a meaningful and rather complex amalgamation of his first and middle names as he describes in this early interview with The Music Ninja)

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Emerging Artist of the Month: Maggie Rogers

#9 Emerging Artists chart

#337 Ultimate 100 Artists chart

If you aren’t familiar with the story of Maggie Rogers and Pharrell Williams in an NYU masterclass session, or are but haven’t actually watched the video, you should really take ten minutes because it is inspiring. It is cliché but there’s no better way to say it: you are watching a star being born. Maggie carries a lot of emotion in her young soul and listeners hear it, and feel it, the first time they experience Alaska; they are attracted to this artist like planets to their star. It is unsurprising to learn that she has a form of synesthesia where she experiences sounds as colors (which, coincidentally, Pharrell also does).  Perhaps the singer says it best herself: “Sometimes I think it’s magic – this thing we can’t see, but makes us all feel the same way. When it’s real, it raises hair and makes the air taste sweeter.”

Maggie grew up in rural Maryland and developed a connection to the outdoors and music (and a connection of the two things) at a young age, eventually learning multiple instruments, including the banjo, and delving into folk music. She even recorded her first album, The Echo, in a broom closet-turned-studio while a senior in high school, which she independently released along with a second LP, Blood Ballet, a couple of years later. Maggie entered NYC’s Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music to continue her development.

While studying abroad in France the folk-centric, evolving musician discovered electronic music, initially in a Berlin club. This inspired another pairing that is evident with the unique balancing of heartfelt, vivid lyrics, strong but easy melodies, and the electronic production laying a danceable rhythmic foundation as is evident with Alaska and other songs like On + Off and Dog Years. She continues to draw from time in nature as part of her creative process, including sampling found sounds for use in her art.

The masterclass was in February 2016 and the story went viral by mid-summer after the video was posted to YouTube, spreading Alaska across the internet to the point where it hit the Ultimate Chart on June 23rd. We often see Emerging Artists move quickly but this is a truly exceptional case. Capitol Records didn’t hesitate to sign Maggie to a record deal at the end of August and put some weight behind Alaska as an official single while she worked on new material. She debuted on the Emerging Artists chart on September 29th and has spent all but two  early weeks ranked since then.

Maggie’s major label debut EP, Now That the Light Is Fading, was released on February 17th and she made her television debut, performing Alaska on The Tonight Show on February 15th. The audience loved it and you can even catch Jimmy Fallon saying to Maggie afterwards: “…that’s what I’m talking about, a standing O’s not bad…” This exposure spiked her activity with just 4 days of reporting after her appearance, gaining her 10,596 new social fans & followers, a 202% increase over the previous week, and sending her to an all-time high on both the Ultimate 100 Artists (#352) and Emerging Artists (#11) charts. Alaska also rose on increased downloads and a 112% rise in YouTube plays from the previous week.

Recent coverage includes NPREntertainment WeeklyW MagazineNYLONPaste, and New York Magazine. Maggie is already on her first headlining tour, which very appropriately began in Baltimore in January and has her back to Europe this month. You can catch her in Austin at South by Southwest before she continues her U.S. tour with a show at LA’s famous Troubadour on March 21st and circles up the west coast, into Canada, and back down the east coast for gigs at The Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in April. Then it will be off to the festival races with Firefly (Delaware), Rock Werchter (Belgium), Melt (Germany), and Fuji Rock (Japan).

A reaction has been triggered, and we hope that this star never stops expanding and providing her colorful light and emotive energy!

• Alaska top airplay markets include Nashville, Baltimore, New York, Charleston, Dallas, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Denver, Portland, and Chicago

• On + Off  is getting spins at tastemaker stations such as KGSR (Austin), KCRW (Los Angeles), WXPN (Philadelphia) and SiriusXM’s Alt Nation & The Loft while Dog Years is on stations including WFUV (New York), KRCL (Salt Lake), KKXT (Dallas), KEXP (Seattle), and SiriusXM’s The Loft

• ~3.6 million YouTube plays in the U.S. (averaging ~277K/week over the last 4 weeks) and ~7.7 million globally (averaging ~527K/week over the last 4 weeks)

• Alaska = 57.4%, Dog Years = 21.7%, On + Off = 21%

• Alaska nearing 29 million Spotify streams

• 209k Facebook Likes, 42.9k Instagram Followers, 24.6k Twitter Followers

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Ultimate Roundup: Déjà Future

Behold The Coldsmokers , Love, Lana Del Rey, Little Big Town Pumps The Breaker, Aaron Watson Drives Home a Debut, Julia Michaels Graduates Magna Cum Issues, Prince Royce Has Five On It

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran remains #1

Bruno Mars maintains a nice temperature at #2

With not one but two new albums in two weeks (Future and HNDRXX) Future smashes his way up from #20-3

The Weeknd takes #4

Migos are #5 for the third week in a row

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay take the whole EDM+Pop collaboration thing to a new level and Debut #8

Sam Hunt is once again ruling Country, muscles back into the Top 10 #21-9 here and holds #1 on Ultimate Country Artists a fourth consecutive week

Lana Del Rey’s return with new music is being very well received, she is this week’s top Big Mover #88-21

The Search for Everything: Wave Two EP from John Mayer gives him a #22 re-entry; tour dates kick off at the end of the month

Little Big Town has released The Breaker, their 8th LP, and moves #59-23

Clean Bandit climbs #54-40

The latest drop from Calvin Harris brings him in at #44

As noted last week, Alison Krauss’ first solo album since 1999, Windy City, helped slip her into the Top 100…well now it helps her become this week’s #2 Big Mover, +43 to #49

Gucci Mane makes a nice #69-51 move

Independent Texan Aaron Watson does it again with his latest album, Vaquero, doing quite well and earning his Debut at #53; there are a few chances on the calendar to catch him live

Going #77-58, Bebe Rexha stays warm on her new EP release

Julia Michaels becomes our 4th Emerging Artist chart graduate of the year with a #70 Debut!

Who’s this moving #91-73 and getting reacquainted with the chart? Why, it’s Meghan Trainor! Hi, Megan.

Virginian Trey Songz is back, at #80 this week, with his first album in three years, Tremaine, slated for a 3/24 release

Prince Royce’s aptly-titled fifth album, Five, and a hot single with Shakira create his first Top 100 appearance since Double Vision came out in summer 2015; large headline tour this summer

Subeme La Radio (ft. Descemer Bueno & Zion y Lennox) Debuts #4 on Ultimate Latin Songs boosts Enrique Iglesias to #91 here and +18 to #5 Ultimate Latin Artists

Jidenna’s first album has finally arrived, he gets in at #94

Expect to see Jason Derulo quickly rise from this week’s #95 on the back of his brand-new jam, Swalla (ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)

Small Town Boy makes big time activity for #99 Dustin Lynch

Ultimate 100 Songs

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You continues at #1 and got The Tonight Show classroom instruments treatment with Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

Bruno Mars That’s What I Like makes it to #2 in just 4 weeks and 24k Magic at #10 gives him 2 in the Top 10 again this week

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay surprised fans with Something Just Like This at the BRIT Awards and things went quickly from there for a major #3 Debut

Body Like a Back Road from Sam Hunt is up #7-4 while remaining at #1 Ultimate Country Songs since its Debut 4 weeks ago

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) from super-duo Zayn & Taylor Swift remains in the Top 5 at #5

Lana Del Rey’s Love Debuts up at #11

Kodak Black’s Tunnel Vision is performing impressively on strong streaming around its strongly-messaged video, is the week’s top Big Mover, +41 to #12 in only two weeks

Emerging Artist chart graduates Marian Hill’s Down regains some footing, #21-14) as airplay builds following the huge Apple commercial placement breakout

I Got You by Bebe Rexha goes #60-38

Stay from Zedd & Alessia Cara Debuts #39 here and #6 on Ultimate EDM Songs

Calvin Harris picked two great partners for his non-EDM jam, Slide (ft. Frank Ocean & Migos), which gets a #42 Debut

Linkin Park Heavy (featuring June 2016 Emerging Artist of the Month, and Emerging Artist chart graduate, Kiiara) is up to #45 after Debuting #70 last week

With back-to-back new Future albums it is raining singles with FOUR Debuts:

A new video sees Florida Georgia Line God, Your Mama, and Me (ft. Backstreet Boys) back into the Top 100 at #62 and up a whopping 32 spots on Ultimate Country Songs

Just over a year ago a Honda commercial placement brought Australian duo Empire of the Sun’s 2008 song Walking On a Dream back in a huge way, now a viral video meme has brought Australian duo Bag Raiders’ 2009 song, Shooting Stars, back into the mix for a #79 Debut

Sabrina Carpenter looks to be the latest Disney star to leave the nest, modeling at New York Fashion Week and releasing a growed-up video for Thumbs, which nabs a #98 Debut

Bryan Tyree Henry’s This Is Us performance of We Can Always Come Back to This strikes a chord with viewers, who follow-up and drive it to a Debut in the #100 closing slot

Emerging Artists

Mark it on the big board! Julia Michaels becomes our 4th Emerging Artists chart graduate of the year with her #70 Debut on Ultimate 100 Artists! Her song, Issues, is now up to #34 on Ultimate 100 Songs as streaming builds behind radio airplay

DJ Suede the Remix God is our new #1 with Cash Me Outside How Bout Dah (#CashMeOutside) up to #54 Ultimate 100 Songs on big-time YouTube viral activity

Russ is very close behind at #2 as his second big single, Losin Control, is creeping up on Ultimate 100 Songs at #117 this week

Luke Combs makes a nice #8-3 move here and is #20 on Ultimate Country Artists while Hurricane is #84 on Ultimate 100 Songs and enters the Top 10 on Ultimate Country Songs

Maggie Rogers is still feeling the effect of her debut EP release and The Tonight Show performance, entering the Top 10 at #9

The release of their debut album, Landmark, spikes St. Paul’s Hippo Campus to a #11 Debut

New wave R&B duo THEY. Debut #20 due to the release of their debut album, Nü Religion: Hyena

Jess Glynne returns to the chart at #25

Ocean Park Standoff slips in for a #40 Debut

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