Ultimate Roundup: Mac Miller’s Matured Major Morning

Ellie Goulding speaks her mind, The Game does not play, Rock ‘n Roll ain’t dead, Rachel Platten follows up, Lady Gaga + Diane Warren = Pay Attention

Ultimate 100 Artists

The Weeknd spends his 8th week at #1

The rest of the Top 5 remains the same as last week: Justin Bieber #2, Drake #3, Taylor Swift #4, and Fetty Wap #5

Ellie Goulding is more than just gaining traction with American audiences as her new material takes her to #23

The Game is revving up for the release of what is now being billed as a 38-track double album, The Documentary 2, with a leaked Mexican drug lord themed track over a Frank Sinatra sample with Spanglish flows raising eyebrows and getting heads nodding

Notable new album release spikes:

  • Lana Del Rey is a Big Mover to #6 on the release of Honeymoon, her third album
  • Mac Miller is in the big leagues as he drops GO:OD AM and enters the Top 10 at #8 – Playing a few U.S. shows before heading to Europe in a week for a handful of dates and then returning to the U.S. for a proper club and theater tour [Tickets]
  • Shinedown continues a string of established rock acts having strong new release showings as Threat to Survival is released and they claim #17 – Some one-off dates lead into a U.S. arena tour with Breaking Benjamin in October [Tickets]
  • The unstoppable Keith Richards is at #61 with the release of Under the Influence
  • Christian hip-hop artist Andy Mineo always has a strong release week showing, the trend continues with Uncomfortable bringing him to the chart at #67 – The Uncomfortable Tour kicks off in October [Tickets]
  • Not one but two legendary British musicians release solo albums this week: we see David Gilmour grab #79 as Rattle That Lock streets – International dates will close out 2015 before some spring 2016 NA engagements [Tickets]
  • Amazing music and love from the likes of the Foo Fighters push Gary Clark, Jr. further into the spotlight with his new release The Story of Sonny Boy Slim and a spot in the Top 100 at #82 – Opening for the aforementioned Foos well into the winter [Tickets]

Ultimate 100 Songs

Justin Bieber holds #1 for another week with What Do You Mean?

The Weeknd has The Hills at #2 and Can’t Feel My Face at #5

Hotline Bling by Drake jumps into the Top 5 as it moves from #7 to #3 and Right Hand is a very Big Mover, up 51 spots to #28

At #100 is Lady Gaga’s poignant and powerful Til it Happens to You, penned with Diane Warren, for the important documentary The Hunting Ground

Another big week of debuts:

Emerging Artists

Andrew McMahon (#28) has found success as a key member of both Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. The release of his first solo album, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, has slowly built activity over the last year as the single Cecilia and the Satellite has garnered noteworthy attention, especially at Hot AC radio. The Wilderness Politics Tour presented by Journey’s will cover North America in October and November.

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