Ultimate Roundup: Drake > Drake & Future > Future

Infinity and at least a bit beyond, Sia is Alive, Thomas Rhett untangled, Cover album pièce de résistance, Cold Beer, Found: One Professional Rapper

Ultimate 100 Artists

Drake ends The Weeknd’s 8-week reign at the top as he takes #1

The Weeknd doesn’t go far as he holds #2

Fetty Wap is #3

One Direction is a Big Mover, up 26 spots, to #4

Drake & Future debut at #5 as their collaborative mixtape What a Time to Be Alive takes the scene by storm

Smith, Sam Smith is a very Big Mover as he goes from #83 to #13 on the release of his new James Bond theme song

Sia isn’t away from the Top 100 for long as her new single brings her back at #41

Carrie Underwood isn’t taking any smoke breaks in her promo cycle leading up to the release of Storyteller, moving up 30 places to #47

Professional rapper Lil Dicky is doing it his own way and engaging fans like never before as he debuts at #69

Notable new album release spikes:

  • Don Henley (Cass County) – #48 – Select live dates in October and early November [Tickets]
  • Disclosure (Caracal) – #57 – Touring the U.S. through October then some UK dates before a European tour in February [Tickets]

Ultimate 100 Songs

Drake takes over #1 on the Songs chart as well with Hotline Bling

One Direction debuts Infinity at #4

Sam Smith’s theme for the upcoming James Bond installment Spectre, Writing’s on the Wall, debuts at #10

Drake & Future debut 3 tracks from their new mixtape: Jumpman at #20 (along with a video game!), Diamonds Dancing at #77, and Big Rings at #91

Thomas Rhett brings Die a Happy Man in for a #36 debut, the track is also up 22 spots to #2 on the Country Songs chart

Sia’s new song Alive debuts at #43

Fetty Wap can’t seem to go a week without debuting a new track, this time it is Jugg (ft. Monty) at #63

Lil Dicky’s “epic rap video made for no money” does the trick as $ave Dat Money (ft. Fetty Wap & Rich Homie Quan) debuts at #96…and if you haven’t checked out his animated video for Professional Rapper (ft. Snoop Dogg) do your funny bone a favor and check it out

Emerging Artists

Andra Day (#28) first shared her seemingly effortless soul, R&B, jazz, and blues skills via YouTube with covers of artists such as Muse, Jessie J, Eminem, and Amy Winehouse / Lauryn Hill. This exposure led to her signing with Buskin/Warner Bros. Records and the release of her debut album Cheers to the Fall in August. She worked with an impressive list of collaborators on her album including Questlove, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and The Dap Kings as well as having the video for Forever Mine directed by Spike Lee. She has recently appeared on television performing at the 2015 BET Awards and 2015 Special Olympics World Games, and has been touring with Lenny Kravitz before a few club dates in October.

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