Ultimate Roundup: So Yeah, Adele is Kind of a Big Deal

Sam Hunt Marks an Anniversary, Ariana Grande in Focus, G-Eazy Reaches New Heights, Elle King Scores First Top 5 Song, The Chainsmokers Coming Up Roses, ZHU Emerging His Way

Ultimate 100 Artists

No surprise, Adele takes #1 this week and will likely remain at the very top for a while

Justin Bieber holds on to #2, Drake steps into #3, The Weeknd is #4, and Fetty Wap is #5

To mark the first anniversary of his major label debut album release, former UAB quarterback Sam Hunt moves from #25 to #7 by reissuing his Between the Pines acoustic “mixtape”, the precursor to Montevallo; currently has interesting live dates scattered from now into the spring, including a cruise, Vegas, a stint on the Mexican Riviera, and UK gigs [Tickets]

With new material out and a solid handling of a couple of radio DJs among her latest press-worthy moments,  Ariana Grande defines “BigMover”, up 56 spots to lucky #13; an Abu Dhabi date and two Japanese dates in December [Info]

G-Eazy makes it look…well, you know…and doesn’t disappear from the chart after just one week as preorders of When It’s Dark Out grow and move him up a whopping 54 places to #27; boarding the Mad Decent Boat Party in a couple of weeks [Info]

We see Bryson Tiller continue to climb, up to #28  this week; a few dates with Travi$ Scott upcoming [Tickets]

The Kidz Bop Kids bow at #54 with the release of the franchise’s thirtieth installment

Once Luke Bryan’s merch guy, now the Academy of Country Music’s reigning New Artist of the Year, Cole Swindell streets his Down Home Sessions II EP and hits the chart at #55; touring U.S. clubs and theaters now [Tickets]

Dreamy, soulful Southern California alternative outfit The Neighbourhood release their sophomore effort Wiped Out! and come in at #84; currently in Europe before some radio shows in December [Tickets]

Metal gods Metallica need merely think about new material and headbangers everywhere raise their ears to the sky; add to that an upcoming massive 16-disc live vinyl box set, a website and fan club overhaul, and the announcement that they will be headlining “The Night Before” concert on the eve of Superbowl 50 at AT&T Park (home of the San Francisco Giants) and crazy #88 is an easy maneuver

After 10 years on the big stage Jeezy is set to release his 6th studio album (not to mention his legendary mixtapes) Church in These Streets on 11/13, reflected by his #93 spot on the chart; U.S. club and theater tour on now [Tickets]

Recent Emerging Artist Post Malone debuts at #96; let’s see where he goes from here…; playing some European dates at this time, then U.S. radio shows [Tickets]

Ultimate 100 Songs

Adele Hello moves into the #1 spot, as with the Artist chart, expect this to hold for some time

Sorry from Justin Bieber moves from #7 to #2 and if it weren’t for the Queen of Pop would probably have taken #1

Drake Hotline Bling is #3 and should hold high with the rare official Drizzy video out now

What Do You Mean? is up 4 spots to #4, giving Justin Bieber two of the Top 5

With a quick move from #11 to #5 recent Emerging Artist Elle King gets her first Top 5 track with EX’s & OH’s a bona fide hit

Ariana Grande’s new one, Focus, debuts at #9

The Chainsmokers prove they are not just a one-hit-wonder act with a fun novelty song as Roses (ft. ROZES) debuts at #67

The Canadian Invasion of new era hip-hop/R&B continues as Tory Lanez debuts Say It at #85

Kiwi-born, Aussie-bred Country music superstar Keith Urban sees his latest single Break On Me debut at #95 on the main chart while it is up 19 spots to #13 on the Country Songs chart

Emerging Artist

Electronic producer and singer ZHU (Debut #6) has been on the scene for less than two years and is already poised to go big. For a good chunk of this time Los Angeles-based Steven Zhu was quite enigmatic, preferring that his music spoke for itself…and it sure did. In less than twelve months things went from a mashup of Outkast songs to The Nightday EP to the sultry, addictive, down-tempo single Faded being nominated for a Best Dance Recording Grammy. First signed to UK label Mind of a Genius there has been early international exposure and acceptance, as reflected by YouTube plays for example. Quickly snapped up by Columbia Records tracks from the Genesis Series have started to make their way into the world and include diverse collaborations with superstars like Skrillex (Working for It, currently #10 on the Ultimate EDM Songs chart), classic acts like Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, and developing artists such as Gallant and Vancouver Sleep Clinic. Expect ZHU to continue doing things his way, and why not? It has gotten him this far.

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