Ultimate Roundup: The Weeknd Sees Stars

Hailee Steinfeld & Grey Definitely Not Starving, Niall Horan Surges, Green Day is Still Breathing, Next Challenger: DJ Suede the Remix God, Moana Makes a Mark, Nick Grant Gets Up

Ultimate 100 Artists

Bruno Mars takes over the #1 spot as 24K Magic and related singles do well, 2017 tour dates on sale

Rae Sremmurd are a strong #2

The Weeknd is up to #3 and has a real shot at #1 next week as Starboy fully rolls out

Metallica remain in the Top 5 at #4 on Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

Pentatonix move #7-5, just crushing the holiday music front

Lady Gaga surges #35-15

Michael Bublé makes a strong #52-23 jump on solid airplay, streaming, and sales

Starving (ft. Zedd) propels Hailee Steinfeld & Grey 34 places to #24

Bursting back into the Top 100 at #30 is Niall Horan, led by strong social growth and streaming as well as exposure from a Mercy duet with Shawn Mendes and a recent proclimation that One Direction will be back

We weren’t joking last week about Christmas time being Mariah Carey’s wheelhouse: she is a Big Mover +30 to #32

The Voice winner Jordan Smith’s first Christmas album, ‘Tis the Season, sells well as he makes the televised holiday event circuit

Green Day won’t stay down as Still Breathing does well at Alternative and Active Rock radio, Revolution Radio sales pick up, and they show good social growth

Alessia Cara was already doing well and is now boosted to #42 by her Disney Moana song, How Far I’ll Go, penned by the red-hot Lin-Manuel Miranda

The recent CMAs were good to Eric Church, who comes in at #47 on the main chart while entering the Top 5 on Ultimate Country Artists this week, and Kill a Word (ft. Rhiannon Giddens) climbs at Country radio; his Holdin’ My Own tour kicks off in January

Machine Gun Kelly returns to the Top 100 for the first time in over a year, at #49, as Bad Things with Fifth Harmonizer Camilla Cabello shows no sign of slowing with an official video drop nearing

OneRepublic makes a nice #83-57 move

Blake Shelton gobbles up Country radio airplay with A Guy With A Girl, goes #86-61 on the main chart and #12-9 on Ultimate Country Artists; Doing It to Country Songs tour kicks off at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on 2/17

Re-entering the Top 100 at #71 is Andy Grammer

The first posthumous Prince release, 4Ever, including previously unreleased material, brings The Purple One back into the chart at #78

It wouldn’t be December without a chart appearance by Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they bring their live experience city-to-city, boosting streaming, sales, and radio play

Train is back in at #90, their first appearance since October 2nd, 2014, just after they played the 4th annual iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas

Another collaborative duo with a hot single, Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha, join the Top 100 with a squeaker #100 Debut

Ultimate 100 Songs

Rae Sremmurd’s #MannequinChallenge-powered Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) is #1 for the 3rd week in a row

Bruno Mars 24K Magic takes #2

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) is #3

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) is #4 again this week while maintaining #1 on Ultimate EDM Songs for the seventeenth week in a row

Maroon 5 Don’t Wanna Know (ft. Kendrick Lamar) rounds out the Top 5 at #5

Starving (ft. Zedd) by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey enters the Top 10 after going #14-8

Niall Horan’s This Town vaults #53-10 for the best showing since its 2nd week on the chart in October, is the top Big Mover for the week

Going #41-16 is Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello) from Machine Gun Kelly, which is gaining at Top 40 and Rhythmic radio, selling well, and has an official video teaser out now

Andy Grammer Fresh Eyes is the 2nd-largest Big Mover this week as it is up 39 to #18 and into the Top 20 with ease

Shawn MendesMercy climbs #48-23 after a new duet version with Niall Horan

The #IGotSkillsChallenge is the latest to tear through YouTube, blowing up DJ Suede the Remix God’s I Got Skills #61-25

Hand Clap by Fitz & The Tantrums has been doing consistently well for some time now, and this week surges #62-34

Play That Song by Train Debuts up at #36

The young star of Disney’s Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, sees her in-movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s How Far I’ll Go Debut #40 while Alessia Cara’s official credits version Debuts #98

The release of the Starboy LP brings two more songs from The Weeknd into the Top 100: Party Monster Debuts #42 and I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk) Debuts #55

Lady Gaga’s Million Reasons re-enters the Top 100 at #51

That’s My Girl, the third single from Fifth Harmony’s second album, 7/27, Debuts #54

Emerging Artist graduate Daya’s Sit Still, Look Pretty grabs a lot of chart to take #56

After Debuting #87 last week, Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) moves up to #60 for Migos

We have our first two The Voice performances from the current season Debuting in the Top 100 this week: Sundance Head No One at #64 and Billy Gilman All I Ask at #95

Eminem’s 20th anniversary remaster of Infinite, the title cut from his debut album, Debuts #67

How quickly they grow up: 16-year-old Noah Cyrus Debuts the unique and unexpected UK-style pop/NuSoul collab, Make Me (Cry) (ft. Labrinth), at #71; it will be interesting to see what this one does…

Bounce Back by Big Sean does just that by re-entering at #78

Emerging Artist

Once again we feature an Atlanta-based rapper: this week it is Nick Grant (Debut #35). Nick first hit our radar over the summer and has seen his Total Fans increase about 42% in less than 4 months, 65% of those coming via Instagram.

In 2015 the virtually unknown rapper linked up with Jason Geter (Grand Hustle, Culture Republic) and in early 2016 put out the ’88 Among many songs, he followed this with the very cool cut The Game (ft. Like & Tessa Evans), the thought-provoking Black Boy, White Boy, and Get Up (ft. Watch the Duck), which is now getting some attention at Urban and Rhythmic radio via the team at Epic Records.

Nick grabbed an opening slot on Dave East’s Hate Me Now tour this past spring and played a gig at S.O.B.’s in New York with now-fellow Emerging Artist, Rob $tone…it is a safe bet that in addition to keeping warm in the studio this winter we’ll see bigger tour plans in the new year.


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Ultimate Roundup: Metallica… Hardwired to the Top

Bruno Mars Waves Magic Funk Wand, Miranda Lambert Gets Some Weight Off Her Wings, John Mayer’s Weekender, Glory Days for Little Mix, Boyce Avenue Ups Covers Game, Nebu Kiniza Gasses Up

Ultimate 100 Artists

Rae Sremmurd hold the #1 spot for a 2nd week

The release of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct sends Metallica from #90 to #2

Bruno Mars maintains #3 on the release of his 24K Magic LP

The Weeknd steadily drops new tracks, stays at #4 again this week

We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service continues to do very well, attracting lots of positive attention, raising A Tribe Called Quest #17-5 in their 2nd week in the Top 100

Miranda Lambert jumps 66 spots to #17 on the main chart and takes #1 on Ultimate Country Artists following the release of her very personal, 24-track 6th LP, The Weight of These Wings

John Mayer returns with his first new song in 3 years, Love On the Weekend, along with announcing a 2017 LP and tour, bringing him back to the Top 100 at #26

Ah, yes…Melanie Martinez drops yet another perfectly Melanie Martinez video, for Pacify Her, and jumps #67-28

Portland rapper Aminé continues to heat up with the Caroline single, is a Big Mover +30 to #42

Disturbed release their second live LP, Live at Red Rocks, gaining 29 to #45

Little Mix’s 4th album, Glory Days, does pretty well in the U.S. as they are back in the Top 100 at #56

Hailee Steinfeld & Grey are hardly Starving for activity as their collab sends them up #81-58

No more comeback talk, thank you very much: Britney Spears steadily cranks out new material and might just have a bona fide hit on her hands with Tinashe and Slumber Party

Christmas time is Mariah Carey time and don’t you forget it: the superstar surges to #62

Brotherly trio Boyce Avenue has sure made a thing of streaming covers, and now by teaming up with Modern Family star (and huge voice-haver) Sarah Hyland they are taking it to another level and Debuting at #68

Shakira surges with Chantaje (ft. Maluma) doing well and 2 Latin Grammy wins for her collaboration with Carlos Vives, La Bicicleta, and goes ##96-69 here while moving into the Top 5 on Ultimate Latin Artists

Childish Gambino returns as Donald Glover spaces his projects out nicely (his FX show, Atlanta, was a standout this summer), slipping into the Top 100 for the first time since March, 2015, at #97

Ultimate 100 Songs

Rae Sremmurd’s #MannequinChallenge-powered Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) holds numero uno for week #2…and likely counting…

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) moves #4-2

Bruno Mars 24K Magic comes in at #3

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) is #4

Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) remains in the Top 5 at #5

John Mayer’s first new track in 3 years, Love on the Weekend, Debuts very strong at #11

The banging, hectic lead track from A Tribe Called Quest’s final album, We the People…, Debuts #38

Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello) from Machine Gun Kelly rocks up 40 spots to #41

Boyce Avenue’s cover of Maroon 5’s Don’t Wanna Know (ft. Sarah Hyland) with their Modern Family friend Debuts #49

Niall Horan This Town is a Big Mover going from #76-53

Melanie Martinez brings yet another more than slightly odd video to bear as Pacify Her Debuts #54

Avalanche: the latest YouTube-based challenge comes from DJ Suede the Remix God and I Got Skills (#IGotSkillsChallenge), which Debuts #61

The vibe is strong on this one: Britney Spears Slumber Party (ft. Tinashe) Debuts #78 and should easily rise next week

12-year-old ukulele-playing America’s Got Talent winner, Grace VanderWaal, sees I Don’t Know My Name Debut #83

Migos team up for Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) and a #87 Debut

18-year-old Swede, Zara Larsson, Debuts Ain’t My Fault at #90 as her starpower continues to build in the U.S.

British singer-songwriter, and 2012 UK X Factor winner, James Arthur, kind of sneaks up on America with Say You Won’t Let Go coming in at #94 for a Debut

Emerging Artist

Rapper Nebu Kiniza (#11) was born Corey Orville Reid in Queens, New York and raised in the Atlanta area, currently residing in Conyers, Georgia. He has been putting out original music for about two years including the mixtapes 2 Peace Signs, The Honor Roller, and Hypnosis, all via his own independent label, On Some Hippie Shit (OSHS).

His single, Gassed Up, has been getting attention online and is starting to build spins at Urban and Rhythmic radio, including plays in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Detroit, Baltimore, and St. Louis, just to name the biggest ones.

He hasn’t yet played a lot of shows but did perform at the Day N Night festival in Orange County in August. Expect him to keep dropping new music, labels to be sniffing around, maybe a SxSw run, and some actual touring as airplay lays the market-level groundwork.


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Ultimate Roundup: #MannequinChallenge FTW: Rae Sremmurd Are Tops

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen, A Tribe Called Quest’s Swan Song, Justin Timberlake Trolls up the Chart, Sting’s Rock Revival, Future Is Getting Used to This, Emerging Debut for Louis the Child

Ultimate 100 Artists

#MannequinChallenge FTW: Rae Sremmurd move up 5 spots to take over #1

The Chainsmokers only lose one notch, coming in at #2 and will easily contend for the top spot again next week

Bruno Mars bounces up to #3 and will be strong next week with the 11/18 release of his 24k Magic LP

The Weeknd is #4

twenty one pilots continue their huge run at the top of the chart, taking #5

The influential singer, songwriter, and poet, Leonard Cohen, passed away last week, shortly after the release of his album, You Want It Darker, re-entering the chart at #8 as fans across the country pay homage to his works

With their latest Christmas album doing well, which includes the already popular cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, Pentatonix is back I the Top 10 after a #19-9 move

Here is #11 after a 12-spot move for The Voice coach Alicia Keys

Maroon 5 flirt with the Top 10 at #12

Seminal hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest has released We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, their first album in 18 years, and following the untimely death of Phife Dawg it will be their last, and come in for a Debut at #17

Justin Timberlake Trolls his way to a #61-36 Big Mover jump

Hamilton – Original Broadway Cast just won’t cool down, surges back #85-51 on sales

Green Day re-enters at #65

Jon Bellion’s rise still has plenty of momentum as he re-enters at #68

Album reissues have been pushing Pink Floyd into the Top 100 recently, now it is the 27-disc (yes, TWENTY-SEVEN…but not to worry there is a 2-disc “sampler” release as well) The Early Years 1967-1972 Cre/ation that brings them in at #70

Sting’s 12th studio album, and his first rock set in 13 years, 57th & 9th, has hit the streets and gives Mr. Sumner the #75 slot this week

Ultimate 100 Songs

We repeat… #MannequinChallenge FTW: Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) from Rae Sremmurd handily takes the #1 spot here as well

Bruno Mars 24k Magic moves #4-2

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) falls out of the #1 spot after an incredible 12-week run, but remains very strong at #3

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) is #4

Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) from Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall is back in the Top 5 at #5, showing just how big this viral hit is as it holds its own with the big dogs

Blue Ain’t Your Color continues to hold strong for Keith Urban at #8 while taking over the #1 spot on Ultimate Country Songs

Future Used to This (ft. Drake) is this week’s top Big Mover, up 67 to #16 just like that

Jon Bellion All Time Low makes another push for its highest ranking yet at #20

Many Leonard Cohen songs are registering posthumous activity, but none like the classic, Hallelujah, which Debuts #42

The official video and good publicity bring John Legend’s Love Me Now back into the Top 100 at #51

Because The Chainsmokers don’t have enough hits going right now, Setting Fires (ft. XYLØ) Debuts #53 here after Debuting on Ultimate EDM Songs last week

Shawn Mendes’s performance of Mercy at the MTV VMAs brings the track a lot of attention, it re-enters the chart at #54

Collateral action brings Rae Sremmurd’s Look Alive in at #55

Fresh Eyes from Andy Grammer re-enters at #56

Radio leads the way for Rihanna Love on the Brain’s 32-rung Big Mover climb to #61

Big Sean’s latest, Bounce Back, Debuts #77

AMC’s The Walking Dead once again breaks a song, but this time it is a very deep music supervision dig for The Collapsable Hearts Club Easy Street (ft. Jim Bianco & Petra Haden), which Debuts #90 as fans can’t get the mega-happy tune, nor it’s unsettling placement, out of their heads

California-born Country artist Jon Pardi’s Dirt on My Boots Debuts #93 on the main chart while going +5 to #14 on Ultimate Country Songs

No surprise: Mac Miller’s 2011 cut, Donald Trump, revisits the Top 100 at #94 (and this year happens to be the 5th anniversary of the Best Day Ever mixtape from whence it came)

Emerging Artist

Nary a week goes by without a cool debut on the Emerging Artists chart. This time it is Chicago electro duo Louis the Child. The youngsters were making serious jams while still in high school and by 2015 they had a deal with dance mega-label Ultra Music.

Their song, It’s Strange (featuring fellow Chicagoan K. Flay), got enough attention to land on one of Taylor Swift’s playlists and make the FIFA 16 This led to gigs opening for The Chainsmokers and Madeon, then their own tour and slots at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Electric Forest, and Electric Zoo.

This year they released the singles Weekend (ft. Icona Pop) and Fire (ft. Evalyn) to keep things moving along. They’ve also done notable remixes for Miike Snow, Ty Dolla $ign, Magic Man, and more while dropping mixes like their October Diplo & Friends set.

The pair is currently on the road headlining North American club and theater dates all the way into spring; their current swing exhibits a tastemaker support lineup of Quinn XCII, Bearson, Pham, Elohim, and Pell.


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Ultimate Roundup: 50th CMA Awards Rock the Charts

Rae Sremmurd #MannequinChallenge, Alicia Keys Here All Along, Real Estate Not Bon Jovi’s Forte, A$AP Mob Gets Cozy, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie Graduates, Hey Violet Don’t Act Their Age

Ultimate 100 Artists

Well, that wasn’t long: The Chainsmokers are back at #1 after just one week…can they make another run like their previous 10-week stint?

Drake slips to #2

The Weeknd is back up to #3

Twenty one pilots remain #4

Kenny Chesney has another terrific week after the release of Cosmic Hallelujah, moving #15-5 and retaining #1 on Ultimate Country Artists

Rap duo Rae Sremmurd are suddenly on FIRE thanks to #MannequinChallenge, move #18-6, which is no easy feat these days

DC4 pushes Meek Mill into the Top 10 at #8

Trap or Die 3 lifts Jeezy #16-11

Big-time CMA Awards bumps for some of Country music’s brightest stars:

Songstress Alicia Keys presents her 6th album, Here, for a #23 re-entry to the Top 100

Bon Jovi has released This House is Not for Sale, the first album without former lead guitarist Richie Sambora, and comes in at #60

As we draw nearer to the 11/18 release of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct and more singles are released to the public, Metallica again cracks the Top 100, this week at #63

A$AP Mob, the massive Harlem, NY collective, drops their first studio LP, Cozy Tapes Vol. 1: Friends and makes a Debut at #79

Bronx, NY rapper A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie is now our twelfth Emerging Artists Chart graduate of the year! He Debuts #82 on Ultimate 100 Artists this week.

With Lady Wood out for a couple of weeks now, Tove Lo is back in the Top 100 at #88

Ultimate 100 Songs

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) stays at #1 for the 12th week in a row, all comers being held off

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) goes #3-2

Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) from Rae Sremmurd surges big-time, #13-3 in a very competitive environment, thanks to #MannequinChallenge

Bruno Mars 24k Magic returns to the Top 5 at #4

Lots of CMA Awards activity increases for some of the last years’s biggest Country songs:

Aminé Caroline takes a steady climb into the Top 20 at #18

In a very rare occurance (sound familiar?), Steve Goodman’s Go Cubs Go blasts into the current pop music pantheon for a #55 Debut as it sound tracked the team’s incredible World Series run

Fooled you: after dropping out of the Top 100, Piko-Taro Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen jumps back in at #61 with the Ultra Music release of the “long version”

Meek Mill Litty (ft. Tory Lanez) Debuts #69

Can you find the pattern in this quartet of Debuts?

Emerging Artist

L.A. pop-punk band Hey Violet enters the Top 10 this week as their single, Guys My Age, starts piling up some significant spins and streams. Formed in 2008 when the original members were still in middle school, the band was initially called Cherri Bomb. This first iteration did pretty well, including touring with Foo Fighters, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, and Staind to name just four.

With a tweaked lineup the band changed their name in February 2015 and signed to 5 Seconds of Summer’s Capitol Records imprint, Hi or Hey Records. A few stretches of tour support for 5SOS over the last 18 months set the band up nicely, exposing them to throngs of new fans, including via the cool idea of playing acoustic sets outside of the venues.

With a video now out for Guys My Age and a surging social following this young outfit looks to be ready to tip the scales and break big.


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Emerging Artist of the Month: Bishop Briggs

#14 Emerging Artists chart

#1,380 Ultimate 100 Artists chart

Bishop Briggs debuted on our Emerging Artists chart in May and has been one of the most consistent entries ever since on the strength of her soulful, rhythmic, and rather dark electro-pop sound. Born in London, steeped in Japan and Hong Kong, and residing in Los Angeles, the initially enigmatic singer has been evolving in our sights for some time now. First it was karaoke in Tokyo as a child, then more formal training in Hong Kong, and finally honing her skills at Musician’s Institute and playing any and every gig she could land around LA.

Her first spike in activity caught our attention when the head-bobbing cut, Wild Horses, was quite appropriately featured in an Acura commercial in late 2015 and viewers wanted to hear more of that powerful voice.

After signing with Teleport Records in a deal with the iconic Island Records, her single, River, went to Alternative radio where it did very well, making it to the Top 5. Wild Horses is now coming back to the forefront as it is already in rotation at thirty stations (including in big markets like Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, San Diego, Denver, and Portland) and will soon crack into the Alternative chart where another solid showing is more than likely.

Bishop Briggs (named after her family’s Scottish hometown, Bishopbriggs) made her television debut in a big way, performing River on The Tonight Show at the beginning of August; she then brought Wild Horses to Late Night with Seth Myers in October. She has also received positive coverage from Paste, Idolator, The Fader, and Noisey, where a view of the focused, emotionally plugged-in creator behind the music becomes clear.

The singer played live consistently through spring and summer including radio shows, festivals, headline club gigs, and dates with Passion Pit. All of this culminated with some mega-choice opening slots for Coldplay in August and September along with Alessia Cara. She is currently in the final leg of a swing with Kaleo and The Wind + The Wave and will cap the year off with Untapped Music Festival in Dallas and a couple of holiday radio shows in Tampa and San Diego. Look for her to be even more active next year.

With three other “trap-soul” gems for fans to dive into, Pray (Empty Gun), The Way I Do, and Be Your Love as well as a full album on the horizon, there is no doubt that Bishop Briggs will be doubling down in 2017!

  • River hit #3 at Alternative Radio in September
    • 59,200 spins to date, 244 million audience to date
    • Top airplay markets include Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, San Antonio, Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Honolulu
  • 3.4 million YouTube plays in the U.S.
    • Averaging ~366k/week over the last 4 weeks
    • River = 72.4%, Wild Horses = 15.7%, The Way I Do = 12% of Total Plays
  • 5.4 million YouTube plays globally
    • Averaging ~473k/week over the last 4 weeks


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Ultimate Roundup: Cosmic Kenny Chesney

Drake Takes #1 for His 30th, Meek Mill Continues Dreamchasing, Jeezy or Die, Avenged Sevenfold Set The Stage, Phil Collins Assures He’s Not Dead Yet, Era Istrefi Brings BonBon Stateside

Ultimate 100 Artists

With his 30th birthday announcement of his upcoming More Life “playlist” release along with four new songs, Drake has ended The Chainsmokers’ 10-week run at #1!!!

Lady Gaga moves #4-2, taking over the spot long-held by twenty one pilots as her Joanne release does well

The Chainsmokers don’t go far, coming in at #3

…and neither does twenty one pilots who now sit at #4

The Weeknd takes #5

Pentatonix move #20-6 on the energy from A Pentatonix Christmas and their very popular cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

After nearly 40 years, Los Temerarios remain hugely popular, and make a big #32-10 move this week following a lot of recent activity leading up to their next album release

Philly rapper Meek Mill drops DC4 and hits #11 on the chart

Cosmic Hallelujah, the seventeenth studio album from Kenny Chesney, powers a +30 jump to #15

Another big drop in the rap world is Jeezy’s Trap or Die 3, plunking him down solidly in the #16 slot

Avenged Sevenfold weren’t away from the Top 100 for long, the surprise release of The Stage album earns them #24 (and there’s rumor of more music before the end of the year)

Michael Jackson gets his annual post-Halloween bump, moving #56-25, as all the ghouls and goblins bumped Thriller over the weekend

The Voice alum Melanie Martinez rides a big bump in YouTube plays and a 20% increase in New Fans & Followers to move #84-57 with the launch of her Cry Baby Perfume Milk and the kinda nuts commercial

Cole Swindell has been on a solid run for a while now, this week he surges once again, +27 to #62

Romeo Santos has been busy on the business front, signing new acts to Roc Nation Latin and inking a global publishing deal with UMPG, but his fans are still down with his tunes sending him up to #67 for his first Top 100 appearance since May

Phil Collins earns a #69 bow on this week’s chart following the release of his memoir, Not Dead Yet, a collection entitled The Singles, and a big publicity swing that included a rousing performance of In the Air Tonight with The Roots on The Tonight Show

We’ve known that Shakira had new music in the works and now it is here: her collaboration with Maluma, Chantaje, goes big fast and she comes in at #71 on the main chart and right into the Top 5 of Ultimate Latin Artists

Portland rapper Aminé Debuts #90 as his track, Caroline, is driving fans to check him out further…

Ultimate 100 Songs

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) manages to retain #1 for the 11th week in a row despite the 4-song Drake onslaught

2 of 10: Drake’s Fake Love Debuts big at #2 and Sneakin’ (ft. 21 Savage) Debuts #9

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) takes #3

This is impressive: Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall’s Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) makes it into the Top 5 at #4 in its 5th week on the chart despite all of the superstar activity happening

Heathens from twenty one pilots holds #5

Million Reasons, written with Father John Misty, is proving to be the standout track from Lady Gaga’s Joanne LP as it gobbles up half the chart, going from #54 to #7 while Perfect Illusion also makes a strong move +27 to #57

Pentatonix’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah (the non-cosmic type), from their new Christmas album, moves #50-11 in its 2nd week on

Just about always the top 2 Halloween songs, Michael Jackson Thriller and Ray Parker, Jr. Ghostbusters come in at #36 and #55 respectively after a weekend of costumed festivities

DJ Esco & Future Too Much Sauce (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) is a Big Mover up 37 to #40

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis deliver a poignant, topical, and controversial song and accompanying video: Drug Dealer (ft. Ariana DeBoo) Debuts #48

Alabama-born, Atlanta-raised trio Taylor Girlz see their cut, Steal Her Man, take off online for a Debut at #75

English singer Låpsley’s Operator (DJ Koze Radio Edit) Debuts #80, her first Top 100 entry

Atlanta just won’t stop: Key to the Streets by YFN Lucci Debuts #98

Reggaeton pioneer Daddy Yankee’s Shaky Shaky, already a staple on Ultimate Latin Songs, squeaks out a #99 Debut on the main chart this week

Emerging Artist

Era Istrefi is moving fast now, going from #29 to #20 in her 2nd week on the chart. The striking Kosovar Albanian singer quickly gained regional notoriety with the release of her single, Mani Për Money, in 2013 when she was just 19 years old.

Her latest single, BonBon, has a very Rihanna-esque vibe and did well enough that Ultra Music/Sony came calling just a month after its release in January of this year. An English version was released in June as well as a remix featuring former Emerging Artist Post Malone, and a remix by Marshmello.

Era has also been gaining a lot of attention for her fashion, primarily via her Instagram account. Coverage from Vogue, Noisey, The Source, Billboard, MTV, and Idolator will probably be just the tip of the iceberg. She is currently working on more material so it looks like 2017 will be a truly breakout year.


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BOO!!! Ultimate 13 Halloween Songs

Fire up those Halloween party playlists, kids…by the numbers here are the Ultimate 13 Halloween songs going into the big weekend.

  1. Michael Jackson – Thriller
  2. Ray Parker, Jr. – Ghostbusters
  3. AC/DC – Highway to Hell
  4. Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers – Monster Mash
  5. Rob Zombie – Dragula
  6. Charlie Daniels – The Devil Went Down to Georgia
  7. Hollywood Undead – Undead
  8. Marilyn Manson – This is Halloween
  9. Boney M. – Rasputin
  10. Van Halen – Runnin’ with the Devil
  11. Santana – Black Magic Woman
  12. Rockwell – Somebody’s Watching Me
  13. Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party

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