Ultimate Roundup: Lukas Graham Takes a Lot Less Than 7 Years to Reach #1

Kendrick Lamar Doesn’t Need Your Titles, Killswitch Engage Shred into Top 100, Flatbush Zombies Lace the Chart, Ray LaMontagne Psychs Out, Desiigner Panda, SxSw Emerging Artist Heaven

Ultimate 100 Artists

Rihanna holds #1 for the 3rd week in a row

Justin Bieber keeps #2 locked up

Lukas Graham continues to climb, this week #5-3, but it will be a real feat to overtake RiRi and Biebs

…but they hold of the surging Kendrick Lamar, who goes #14-4 on the surprise release of untitled, unmastered.

Future goes Top 5 as EVOL activity remains strong

Meghan Trainor’s new album cycle is firing up and she easily jumps back into the Top 10 after a #25-7 move

Also cracking the Top 10 this week is Kevin Gates at #8 who is definitely establishing himself as a top-tier artist

Season 10 of The Voice is picking up steam as is Blake Shelton’s romance via song with Gwen Stefani as he releases the first single, Came Here to Forget, from his upcoming album, If I’m Honest, launching the Country mega-star up a whopping 77 spots to #13

Ariana Grande is back with new material that sends her up the chart nearly as much as Blake Shelton, a massive 70-spot move to #14

The success of 2 Chainz’s collaborative album with Lil Wayne, Collegrove, continues to get a lot of attention and he is a Big Mover up 48 to #15

Shakira’s Zootopia exposure lifts her further up the chart, this week to #45

Stalwart metal vets Killswitch Engage release their new LP, Incarnate, to welcoming fans and bring a rare hard edge to the Top 100 at #47

Brooklyn rap trio Flatbush Zombies impressively Debut at #49 on the release of 3001: A Laced Odyssey

Bethel Music’s Have It All live album lifts the worship group to #55

Linkin Park have been busy: a free Hybrid Theory download, an upcoming Road to Revolution Record Store Day vinyl LP, a music contest with Open Labs and Intel, and endorsement from John Kasich of all people lift the group to #57

Troye Sivan isn’t slowing down as he moves #86-63

3 Doors Down releases Us and the Night, cracks Top 100 at #66

Mexican superstar Marco Antonio Solis, who recently helped launch a campaign to promote his home state of Michoacán, visits the Top 100 at #69

Ray LaMontagne is back with his new psychedelic release, Ouroboros, for a #85 showing

Ultimate 100 Songs

Lukas Graham has completed an amazing run by claiming #1 with the Debut single, 7 Years, over some very strong releases from established superstars…it wasn’t long ago that we first spotted them on our developing artist radar when the song was hitting it big in Europe

Rihanna takes #2 with Work (ft. Drake)

Meghan Trainor’s new single, No, jumps to #3 in its second week on the chart

Flo Rida My House is #4

Blake Shelton’s new relationship-referencing single, Came Here to Forget, Debuts big time at #5

Don’t let the good looks and small stature fool you: Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman makes a big Debut at #6

Shakira’s lead cut from the Disney Zootopia soundtrack, Try Everything, Debuts at #23

Youth from Troye Sivan is a hit, jumps up 29 to #29 and is likely to continue rising in the coming weeks

Heartthrob Zayn continues his slow-drip release of new material with Like I Would making a #36 Debut

It looks as if rapper Desiigner won’t be on the Emerging Artist chart for long as his breakout track, Panda, moves into the mainstream for a #60 Debut…will fans engage the new artist and help him “graduate” to the big time along with his song?

In its second week on the chart Jake Owen’s American Country Love Song moves up 25 to #69

R&B powerhouse Jeremih sees his latest single, You & I, Debut at #84

Former Emerging Artist Alessia Cara gets her next single, Wild Things, into the Top 100 with a #91 Debut

One hit wonder he is not: Long Beach, CA rapper O.T. Genasis follows up Coco with Cut It

The Quan continues to be hit as Hit the Quan from iLoveMemphis re-enters the top of the chart at #97

Along with Flatbush Zombies on the artist side we have another taste of something different as Hopsin’s Ill Mind of Hopsin 8 Debuts at #98

Emerging Artist

We are in Emerging Artist heaven down here in Austin at the 30th annual South by Southwest festival. We already caught former Emerging Artist Jidenna at Vevo House Tuesday night and then things really got rolling on Wednesday as we took in sets from John MorelandMothersGeographer, and saw Coast Modern‘s very first live show EVER!

Our eyes and ears are on a new wave of developing acts like Grace Mitchell, Elohim, PWR BTTMFrankie Cosmos, Broncho, Pell, Sharkmuffin, White Lung, Dilly Dally, Cardinox, Hinds, Sam Outlaw, Night Moves, and White Reaper just to name a few! It is so much fun to have data tip us off early to new artists and get a chance to gorge ourselves on their live experiences in this amazing whirlwind event. We can’t wait to see who the next to break will be!


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