Ultimate Roundup: The Voice Is in Control

The Weeknd’s Night Is Not Light, All You Can Eat R. Kelly, August Alsina Sophomore Strong, Jeremih Open Late, This is Cam Country, The Eclectic Emergence of Raury

Ultimate 100 Artists

Adele continues to hold #1; her first North American tour in four years, 56 dates beginning in Minneapolis in July and ending in Mexico City in November, has been a literal frenzy [Tickets]

Justin Bieber remains #2; the Purpose World Tour kicks off in March [Tickets]

Selena Gomez makes a solid move from #8 to #3, bolstered by the Windows Store/Groove Music promotion mentioned below; arena starts in Las Vegas in May [Tickets]

The Weeknd is #4; just a couple Florida shows left before The Madness Fall Tour concludes, one last radio holiday show, and then a special Vegas date on January 2nd [Tickets]

Drake is #5

The Voice winner Jordan Smith is into the Top 10 at #8

In addition to Ms. Gomez above, all of these artists are doing quite well these days, but a special deal between Universal Music Group and Microsoft allowing Windows 10 users in the U.S. to download ten albums for no cost as a Christmas gift from the Windows Store and Groove Music has strongly contributed to spikes for these participating artists:

R. Kelly’s Buffet is open, his lucky 13th album, and he is up #72-38; closing out 2015 with a live show in Detroit, then a couple of dates on the Atlantic coast in February [Tickets]

August Alsina jumps into the chart at #39 on the release of his 2nd album, This Thing Called Life

Holiday album sales, solid touring, lots of appearances, and a move towards Broadway all aid Big Mover Josh Groban in his 33-place climb up the chart to #55; just a few holiday performances left, then a big North American swing begins at the end of February, many of the dates with Sarah McLachlan supporting [Tickets]

Chicago singer Jeremih drops Late Nights: The Album and moves up to #62; European and Australia/New Zealand dates coming up this winter [Info]

Breakout Country singer Cam releases her debut album Untamed for a #67 Debut; support dates, along with Eric Paslay, on Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It World Tour run from the end of January into February [Tickets]

The Voice contestant Madi Davis earns a #98 Debut this week

Ultimate 100 Songs

Adele Hello holds #1

The Voice winner Jordan Smith’s Somebody to Love (The Voice Performance) does incredibly well at the iTunes store and makes an astounding #2 Debut (his performance of Hallelujah cools off considerably this week but does hold #66…rare for a contestant to have two in the Top 100 in the same week)

Justin Bieber holds the next two spots with Sorry at #3 and Love Yourself at #4 (he also has What Do You Mean? at #8 for three of the Top 10)

Hotline Bling from Drake is #5

The latest single from The Weeknd, In the Night, wastes no time as it moves 59 places to #7

Leading into the final week of this season of the Voice, in addition to the aforementioned winner, we have lots of performances Debuting as fans download them like crazy:

It seems that the concept of dessert by a large body of water is popular as we see DNCE Cake by the Ocean move to #62

Memphis rapper Yo Gotti Debuts Down in the DM at #96

Blake Shelton’s Gonna is a hit at Country radio and gains new life around his much-publicized relationship with Gwen Stefani, it Debuts at #98 on the main chart and jams up 28 spots on Ultimate Country Songs for #8 there

Emerging Artist

Raury (#25) is a 19-year-old native of Stone Mountain, Georgia who delivers a unique blend of soul, hip-hop, alternative, and folk music. This mix has led to quick success: he released his first mixtape, Indigo Child, less than 18 months ago and has since been signed to Columbia Records, shortlisted for BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll, and invited by Lorde to contribute a track to the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. 

His debut album, All We Need, was released in October and could be one that gains momentum over time as fans discover him. You know the kid has something when that debut includes features by the likes of RZA, Tom Morello (his first single Friends), and Big K.R.I.T.. A video for his latest single, Trap Tears (ft. Key!) was just released and is getting some press this week.

Raury just finished a string of club dates in November and has scored some huge upcoming opening slots for A$AP Rocky that will add to his exposure.

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