Ultimate Roundup: Anti Release Turns Heads

Zayn’s Own Direction, Kevin Gates’ Reformative Debut LP, Great Danes Lukas Graham, Bobby Bones Catapults Love and Theft, Maren Morris Trending Big Time, Aubrie Sellers and the Garage Country Emergence

Ultimate 100 Artists

Justin Bieber retains the #1 spot

Adele holds #2

With the unorthodox release of Anti, Rihanna is a Big Mover up #31-3

twenty one pilots remain strong at #4

Drake quickly returns to the Top 5 at #5 with the release of new material

The Islah LP is out, sending Baton Rouge rapper Kevin Gates up 22 slots to #7

Zayn begins his own direction in earnest, Debuting at #13 as a solo artist

Sia is up a big 57 spots to #24 on the release of This is Acting, a collection of songs originally written for other artists

R&B vet Tank isn’t done riding his new release wave, is up for a second week in a row, this time to #49 as Sex, Love & Pain II continues to warm things up for Valentine’s day

Because just being an all-time great prog-rock band isn’t always enough, Dream Theater has released a 34-track double-disk rock opera entitled The Astonishing, bringing them into the Top 100 at #56

Felt Like Cappin’2 Chainz releases the surprise mixtape, jumps back into the chart at #66 this week

Chris Young is hot: duet with Cassadee Pope doing well, NHL All-Star Weekend performance, and 4 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards nominations…that earns 23 spots to #71

Hamilton continues to crush the competition on Broadway and it has been announced that the Grammy Awards will broadcast the opening number on 2/15, the Original Cast debuts at #91

We have been monitoring the impressive ascent of Danish act Lukas Graham, who has rocketed to a #97 Debut this week as their single starts to become a true hit in the U.S.

Ultimate 100 Songs

twenty one pilots Stressed Out holds off an onslaught of new superstar releases to retain #1 this week

Justin Bieber Love Yourself remains #2

Rihanna Work (ft. Drake) is the lead single off Anti and debuts all the way up at #3

Zayn’s Pillowtalk is off to a great start with a #4 Debut, powered by sales to loyal fans and a sexy-time video

Flo Rida flexes, keeps My House in the Top 5 at #5

Summer Sixteen continues Drake’s prolific tendency, Debuts #12

Must be something in the brownies: Wiz Khalifa Bake Sale (ft. Travi$ Scott) is a Big Mover to #25

The addition of Demi Lovato has sure made Fall Out Boy’s Irresistible, well…irresistible: it is a Big Mover to #33

Lukas Graham 7 Years is catchy and pulls the heart strings…U.S. audiences are totally down as the debut track moves up a whopping 53 spots to #34 in just its second week in the Top 100

Kevin Gates 2 Phones gets a 22-spot bump on the LP release, is now #39

2 Chainz Watch Out is a Big Mover up from #88 to #51

Jeremih’s new cut, oui, eases up 36 rungs to #62

Back to Sleep from Chris Brown is wide awake on the chart as it moves #90-63

Love and Theft’s Whiskey on My Breath, a powerfully messaged track, has been out for a while and struggled to get attention from Country radio…and now with one nod from Bobby Bones on his syndicated show it has exploded, Debuting at #68 (and all the way up at #6 on Country Songs)…it will be interesting to see where this goes next

Yet another fast-rising Country artist, Maren Morris (up 13 to #16 on the Country Artists chart) quickly Debuts a lead single as My Church comes in at #71 (it is up 18 to #7 on Country Songs)

Tim McGraw Humble and Kind Debuts #73

Coldplay Debuts their second single from A Head Full of Dreams, Hymn for the Weekend, at #83, just in time for their Superbowl halftime performance

This is just great: celebrity couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard create their own tribute video for Toto’s 1982 classic, Africa, blowing up the mega-smooth song on YouTube for a #91 Debut (yeah, it came out nearly 30 years before our chart was born!)

Sia Debuts Unstoppable at #95

Emerging Artist

Pay attention because Aubrie Sellers (#4) is moving quickly! The “Garage Country” singer/songwriter, the talented progeny of Lee Ann Womack and songwriter Jason Sellers, has been working her way up in Nashville leading to the release of her debut album, New City Blues. She hit our early warning radar last month and just like that is at the top of the Emerging Artist chart. She made her national television debut on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last week, will be opening for Chris Stapleton at the classic Ryman Auditorium on February, 20th, and is slotted to appear at the Stagecoach festival in late April. The project is currently being worked independently via Thirty Tigers and Country radio is starting to dabble with the singles Light of Day and Sit Here and Cry…we’ll see if any of the big dog labels come sniffing around soon.

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