Ultimate Roundup: Unbreakable Janet

Panic! At the Disco makes the playoffs, Elle King crossing over, Bryson Tiller is for real, Sam Hunt takes it up a notch, Rudimental and Daya make for interesting song debuts

Ultimate 100 Artists

Drake holds #1 for a second week in a row

The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Drake & Future, and Taylor Swift round out the Top 5

Panic! At the Disco returns with a very strong showing at #17

Elle King’s crossover to Top 40 radio has fans strongly engaging, she takes #29 this week

Disclosure doesn’t fade after the album release thanks to multiple tracks with well-known guest vocalists, moving up to #34

Bryson Tiller is a Big Mover up 46 places to #37, riding the recent release of T R A P S O U L

X Ambassadors are showing impressive staying power as they move back up the chart to #67

Chvrches are building momentum now as they move from #97 to #70

Empire Cast is back as the new season begins, picking up momentum right where things left off, back to the chart at #80

Notable new album release spikes:

  • Janet Jackson (Unbreakable) – #7 – U.S. tour on now, save for some postponed dates to rest her vocal chords [Tickets]
  • Tamar Braxton (Calling All Lovers) – #39 – A few dates opening for Mary J. Blige later this month then a U.S. theater tour supporting Kem in November [Tickets]
  • Clutch (Psychic Warfare) – #81 – Club tour (with Corrosion of Conformity supporting) on now, playing Knotfest at the end of the month [Tickets]
  • Sevendust (Kill the Flaw) – #94 – Touring into the fall supporting Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin [Tickets]

Ultimate 100 Songs

Drake Hotline Bling remains #1

The Weeknd The Hills, Justin Bieber What Do You Mean?, Taylor Swift Wildest Dreams, and Fetty Wap 679 (ft. Remy Boyz) complete the Top 5

Drake & Future continue to see multiple songs from What a Time to Be Alive get action as Digital Dash (#63), Scholarships (#89), and Live from the Gutter (#97) all debut this week, joining Big Movers Big Rings (#49) and Diamonds Dancing (#53) as well as #20 Jumpman to give them 7 tracks in the Top 100

Panic! At the Disco release the new song Victorious which instantly sells big on iTunes for a Top 10 debut at #8; listen for the song in MLB Network playoff promos through October

EX’s & OH’s from Elle King flirts with the Top 10 as it moves from #23 to #11 this week

iHeartMemphis sees Hit the Quan move from #21 to #13…will it match the success of Silento’s Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae)?

Sam Hunt’s Break Up in a Small Town is familiar to Country fans but now that it is the fourth official single from his debut album, Montevallo, it is taking off on the main chart as it debuts at #75

Disclosure debuts Magnets (ft. Lorde) at #96, a catchy cut with a heavy vibe as evidenced in the sexy and dark video

UK EDM act Rudimental make a mainstream run with their new track Lay It All On Me (ft. Ed Sheeran) as it sneaks in a #98 debut

Teenage up-and-comer Daya makes use of the wiggle room in the chart as Hide Away debuts at #100…can it stay on the chart next week?

Emerging Artists

Jess Glynne (#18) first entered American ears as the voice of Clean Bandit’s smash hit Rather Be. The British singer is signed to Atlantic Records after getting her start with influential UK label Black Butter. She is making a solid run at U.S. audiences as her single Hold My Hand is getting some support at radio and spent three weeks in the Ultimate 100 Songs chart before slipping out this week, but look for it to make a resurgence.

No stranger to the UK charts she is only the second female British artist to have five #1 singles there, and where her debut album I Cry When I Laugh debuted at #1. It has just been announced that she is nominated for Best New, Best Push, and Best UK & Ireland Act at this year’s MTV EMAs. After playing a few select North American dates in September she is slated for a run of UK shows from late October into November.

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