Ultimate Roundup: Future is Now

Rihanna Takes #1, Drake Ramps Up (Again), Coldplay’s Superbowl Afterglow, Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White Passes On, Elton John’s Wonderful and Crazy Milestone, The Strumbellas Emerge from the North

Ultimate 100 Artists

Rihanna rides a strong wave of activity following the release of Anti, taking over the #1 spot this week

Drake is also very active, moving #5-2, with the release of his latest single and hype beginning to build for the April release of Views from the 6

Justin Bieber’s run at #1 ends but he remains Top 5 at #3

Adele comes in at #4

twenty one pilots are #5

Future moves into the Top 10 at #7 as his EVOL album drops

Following their Superbowl halftime performance, Coldplay moves #25-9

Wiz Khalifa continues his streak, moving #21 to #12 and eyeing the Top 10 for next week

What is going on these days?! Yet another legend has passed, this time it is founding member of Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White, bringing his seminal act into the Top 100 at #48

#66 Elton John is back with his 30th solo studio LP, Wonderful Crazy Night, and news that he is collaborating with The Killers on their next album…now that should be interesting!

Missourian Nelly covers Thomas Rhett’s Country hit, Die a Happy Man, and re-enters the Top 100 at #72

Danish act Lukas Graham continues to grow his U.S. audience, moves up to #80 this week

First it was The Wiz, now we have Grease Live! Debuting at #83 after making an impression on viewers who buy and stream the Original Television Cast recordings after the airing

Britney Spears takes a short break from her Piece of Me Vegas residency but never from the eyes and ears of fans everywhere…is back at the top of the chart at #92

Boosie Badazz is cancer-free and dropping new material like crazy, he climbs the chart to #95

Ultimate 100 Songs

Drake Summer Sixteen is hot stuff and easily takes #1 with a big 11-place move over major releases

Flo Rida My House remains strong at #2

Zayn’s solo debut track Pillowtalk goes #4-3

twenty one pilots had a great run at #1 with Stressed Out, which only slips a little bit, to #4

Rihanna Work (ft. Drake) rounds out the top of the chart at #5

One Call Away from Charlie Puth goes Top 10 at #9

The release of Islah propels Kevin Gates 2 Phones from #39-18

Superbowl exposure gives expected Big Mover status to Coldplay’s Adventure of a Lifetime, it moves #54-19

Mike Posner I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB Remix) is up 23 to #46

Future Debuts two new cuts around his album release: Fly Shit Only at #56 and Low Life (ft. The Weeknd) at #66

Rihanna Debuts another new one, Needed Me, at #68

Chase Rice Whisper s his way to a #69 Debut, and it hits the Country Songs chart up at #7

Let it Go from James Bay pops back into the Top 100 at #91 ahead of his Grammy Awards performance next week that is sure to gain him new fans

Sugar (ft. Francesco Yates) by Robin Schulz is another track that has been teasing its way into and out of the chart lately…it is back at #92 this week

Florida Georgia Line’s latest single, Confession, Debuts at #93; it is up to #13 on Country Songs

Emerging Artist

Canadian Alt-Country outfit The Strumbellas make their Debut on the Emerging Artists chart at #39 this week. For fans of the genre and those north of the border this is not a revelation, but they are surely new to the vast majority of U.S. listeners. Their first two albums found success in their home country, earning 2 Juno Award nominations, winning one. They have now signed with the influential Glassnote Records for the release of their third album, Hope, which is due out in April. The lead single, Spirits, is off to an amazing start at Alternative Radio where it is currently #16 and has already racked up over 14 million in audience to date across all formats. Live dates run across Canada in February before a few U.S. dates…but look for bigger tour announcements to come in short order.

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