Ultimate Roundup: Chris Stapleton’s Nuclear-Level CMA Awards Afterglow

Eric Church is Mr. Misunderstood, Justin Timberlake’s Memphis Roots Are Showing, Coldplay’s Adventure Time, More than a Crush for Little Big Town?, Sara Bareilles Serves it Up, Old Dominion Emerges with Meat and Candy

Ultimate 100 Artists

Adele holds #1 for a second week (get used to this), Justin Bieber is #2, and Drake is #3

Chris Stapleton comes ROARING into the chart at #4 following his breakout CMA Awards performance and wins last week, he also easily goes straight to #1 on the Ultimate Country Artists chart

The Weeknd rounds out the Top 5

Eric Church is a Big Mover up 47 spots to #11 with the release of his 5th studio album, Mr.  Misunderstood, which was surprise-released the same day he performed on the CMA Awards

This CMA Effect is really proven as we see Justin Timberlake jump back onto the chart at #19 following his duet with Chris Stapleton…wow!

Coldplay is an act that rarely leaves the Top 100 but we see them surge big from #81 to #27 as they release new material…not Country, by the way

A special re-issue of In the Lonely Hour, the  Drowning Shadows edition, pushes Sam Smith up 38 spots to #41

Another big CMA Award winner and performer, Little Big Town comes in at #42

In case you are keeping score #44 Tim McGraw did not win an award or perform at the CMA Awards but he did release his new album, Damn Country Music, so let’s expect to see him there in 2016

Sia triumphed with her Saturday Night Live appearance as she releases a slew of new music, earning her #57

Kenny Chesney performs at the CMA Awards and jumps to #62…shocking, we know…

What is this rap music that you speak of? Jeezy gains 23 to #70 as he continues to build anticipation for Church in These Streets, with his “13 Days in November” campaign, a new mini-documentary, and press everywhere

Sara Bareilles releases What’s Inside: Songs from the Waitress and grabs #75

Because we need to get in some beats, beats, beats: David Guetta returns at #80

Another Emerging Artist has growed up! Old Dominion debuts at #87 on the release of Meat and Candy

Get Weird with Little Mix at #89

Jason Aldean plays the CMA Awards and…how’d you guess? Back on the chart at #95

Why not squeeze one more in? Dierks Bentley performs at the CMA Awards, with Lindsey Sterling no less, and closes out the chart at #100 this week

Ultimate 100 Songs

Adele Hello digs in at #1, Drake Hotline Bling is #2, Justin Bieber Sorry is #3

Chris Stapleton Tennessee Whisky debuts at #4 and Traveller debuts at #33; meanwhile he debuts FIVE on the Ultimate Country Songs Chart, including going straight to #1 with the aforementioned Tennessee Whisky

Meghan Trainor gets herself another Top 5 track as Like I’m Gonna Lose You (ft. John Legend) goes #8-5

Justin Timberlake once again rides Chris Stapleton’s coattails (LOL) as 2013’s Drink You Away is back on the chart all the way up at #12…and got serviced to Country radio this week…

Continuing the run up to his album release Justin Bieber gets a #14 Debut for I’ll Show You

The new one from Coldplay, Adventure of a Lifetime, Debuts at #50

Take Your Time from Sam Hunt is a Big Mover up from #90 to #54

Country newcomer Kane Brown gets another Debut with Last Minute Late Night at #59

Cole Swindell Debuts Should’ve Ran After You at #68

Winner of 3 CMA Awards, Girl Crush by Little Big Town is back at #25

Giving Mr. Bieber a run towards release day One Direction has another new song Debut, this time History at #75

Eric Church’s new album title track, Mr. Misunderstood, Debuts at #87

The CMA Awards glow warms Zac Brown Band’s Beautiful Drug up for a #90 debut

Thomas Rhett’s Crash and Burn is back at #93

As continued proof that G-Eazy’s popularity is snowballing we see Me, Myself & I (ft. Bebe Rexha) debut at #95

Emerging Artist

Sweedish-Gambian electro-soul pop singer Seinabo Sey (Debut #37) released her debut LP, Pretend, in October after quickly rising to prominence in her home country. Her debut single Younger helped propel her to a win for the 2014 Best Newcomer Swedish Grammy Award. Norwegian producer, DJ, and recent up-and-comer himself, Kygo, remixed Younger which got very solid international attention earlier this year. With Universal Music Group’s international power behind her this could be an artist that slowly creeps up on American audiences, or might just break through with the right exposure at the right time.


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