Ultimate Roundup: Country Debut 4-Pack: Chris Stapleton, Thomas Rhett, Jake Owen & Jon Pardi

Kelly Clarkson Catapult Continues, Lukas Graham Angles for the Top, Meghan Trainor’s Yes/No Answer,  Big Collab: 2 Chainz + Lil Wayne, R.I.P. Joey & Rory’s Joey Feek, Bas Not Too High to Emerge

Ultimate 100 Artists

Rihanna remains #1

Justin Bieber is up 1 to #2

Kelly Clarkson muscles into #3 on her Piece by Piece-powered surge

Adele cools off slightly to #4

Lukas Graham continues a meteoric rise, now in the Top 5 after a #21-5 jump

Macklemore & Ryan LewisThis Unruly Mess I’ve Made album continues to do well, the duo is up #25-12

With news of a sophomore album and lead single, No, Megan Trainor is a Big Mover from #60 to #25

Lady Gaga’s poignant Academy Awards performance of Til It Happens to You keeps her latest roll of high-profile appearances going as she is up 40 spots to #38

With a fun new video out for their latest single, Snapback, Old Dominion makes a big move up the chart from #94 to #50

The emotional saga of Joey & Rory has come to a head as, sadly, Joey Feek has passed away after a long battle with cancer and the husband and wife duo’s Hymns album is getting a lot of activity as they are #55 this week

2 Chainz has dropped the Collegrove collaborative album with Lil Wayne, bringing him back into the Top 100 at #63…expect him to rise further next week

British star Sam Smith re-enters the Top 100 at #64 and is now halfway to the rare EGOT after his Spectre theme, Writing’s on the Wall, won the Best Original Song Oscar

Granger Smith returns to the chart at #66 (his highest rank yet) on a flurry of activity around his new album, Remington, his Granger Across America Pledge of Allegiance Tour, and his Today Show debut (oh, and alter-ego Earl Dibbles, Jr. too…)

Guitar-slinging legend Bonnie Raitt releases her Dig in Deep LP for the #69 spot this week

Imagine Dragons make a 23-place move to #76 following the premier of their Imagine Dragons in Concert: Smoke + Mirrors live concert film

Their hit single Never Forget You debuted on the Songs chart last week, now Zara Larsson & MNEK debut at #87

Columbian superstar Shakira returns to the Top 100 at #98 this week on her role and original song, Try Everything, in Disney’s Zootopia

Ultimate 100 Songs

Rihanna holds #1 again this week with Work (ft. Drake)

Lukas Graham 7 Years takes its astounding run up the chart all the way to #2…can it claim #1 up against a cadre of superstars?

My House from Flo Rida is #3

Kelly Clarkson now has two versions of her flaming-hot single on the chart: Piece by Piece (Idol Version) Debuts at #4 and Piece by Piece is #7

twenty one pilots Stressed Out stays in the Top 5 at #5

Meghan Trainor’s new cut, No, Debuts at #15

After Debuting at #63 last week Zara Larsson & MNEK Never Forget You is a Big Mover up a whopping 43 rungs to #20

Following Lady Gaga’s Academy Awards performance of Til It Happens to You, the song re-enters the Top 100 at #39

Just in time for spring break, Dierks Bentley’s Somewhere on a Beach is a Big Mover to #48

DJ Snake Middle (ft. Bipolar Sunshine) keeps up the activity for a #76-56 move

Flo Rida sees his well-timed next single, Hello Friday (ft. Jason Derulo), Debut at #57

Troye Sivan’s Youth continues to get attention ad moves #78-58

Oscar nomination exposure keeps The Weeknd Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey) doing well, moving to #61 this week

Chris Stapleton now has three songs in the Top 100 as Fire Away Debuts at #65 after the release of the official video

Sam Smith’s Oscar-winning Writing’s on the Wall re-enters the top of the chart at #70

Chris Brown Back to Sleep (Remix ft. Usher & Zayn) Debuts #83

Thomas Rhett T-Shirt Debuts at #84

Jake Owen’s latest, American Country Love Song, Debuts #94

Completing our Country Debut 4-Pack is Jon Pardi Head Over Boots which comes in at #99

Emerging Artist

Queens rapper Bas (#1) takes the top spot on this week’s Emerging Artists chart with the release of his sophomore album, Too High to Riot, on J. Cole’s Dreamville Records imprint with Interscope Records. Bas came up via a familiar route: first dropping his own mixtapes, then appearing on cuts from artists like J. Cole and DJ Khaled, then getting in on compilation mixtapes. Bas’ first album, Last Winter, came out in the spring of 2014 and got him on the road for solo dates as well as a national tour with Ab-Soul. He then embarked as support on J. Cole’s 2015 tour alongside Big Sean, YG, and Jeremih. Jay Z once gave Bas 2 $2 bills that he said he would keep forever…we wonder if they are still in his wallet today. The new video for Night Job (ft. J. Cole) was just released as well, and he will be touring Europe this spring supporting J. Cole behind Jhené Aiko and Pusha T.


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