Ultimate Roundup: Drake’s View from the Top

Merle Haggard Passes, The Lumineers’ Sophomore Delivery, Deftones Get Gore-geous, Kelsea Ballerini Graduates, American Idol Trent Harmon, Kaleo’s Volcanic Emergence

Ultimate 100 Artists

With a release date for Views from the 6 and two new singles, Drake moves from #9 to take the #1 spot

Rihanna holds #2

Lukas Graham only slips two places, to #3

With yet another awards show explosion, this time the ACMs, Chris Stapleton surges #20-4

Justin Bieber is #5

As more fans have access to The Life of Pablo, Kanye West continues to see activity growth for a move into the Top 10, #18-7

Outlaw countryman and key Bakersfield Sound progenitor Merle Haggard passed away on his 79th birthday, leading to a posthumous flurry of activity that brings him into the Top 100 at #11

The Lumineers’ sophomore effort, Cleopatra, has been released and they see a strong return to the top of the chart at #13

Desiigner continues his Panda-supported breakout, climbing to #22

Sacramento experimental rockers Deftones release their 8th studio album, Gore, for a showing at #24

Carrie Underwood also enjoys an ACM Awards-fueled spike as she is a Big Mover from #64-25

Tim McGraw is also on that ACM Awards wagon with a 27-place jump to #29

Chris Young follows the ACM Awards trend as he goes #75-50

The Guns N’ Roses reunification continued in Las Vegas with two huge shows last weekend, Coachella is next, they are up to #55

Another ACM Awards boost, this time for Keith Urban who hits #70

Kelly Clarkson re-enters the Top 100 at #72

Perhaps the biggest benefit of the ACM Awards goes to New Female Vocalist of the Year Kelsea Ballerini, who is now the latest graduate from the Emerging Artists chart as she makes her Top 100 Debut at #76

American Idol Season 15 winner Trent Harmon quickly Debuts at #97

Jennifer Lopez brings it back with new material and slips into the Top 100 at #96

Ultimate 100 Songs

Lukas Graham manages to hold off Drake’s new cuts, at least for this week, as 7 Years retains the #1 spot

Drake’s new jams Pop Style (ft. The Throne) and One Dance (ft. Wizkid & Kyla) debut at #2 and #3, respectively

Meghan Trainor No is #4

High Fives: Desiigner’s Panda goes Top 5 at #5 in its 5th week in the Top 100

Tim McGraw Humble and Kind moves #35-12…can it break into the pop-heavy Top 10 next week?

Die a Happy Man from Thomas Rhett is a Big Mover from #46 to #24

American Idol Season 15 winner Trent Harmon’s Falling immediately Debuts at #26

Taylor Swift’s New Romantics is up 23 to #27

Chris Young Think of You (ft. Cassadee Pope) moves #58-32

Bespectacled American Idol Season 15 finalist MacKenzie Bourg assimilates his single, Roses, into the chart with a #42 Debut

Keith Urban Wasted Time goes from #77 to #45 this week

Chris Stapleton sees a bunch of post-ACM Awards movement as Tennessee Whisky is up to #51, Fire Away re-enters at #58, and Nobody to Blame moves 32 to #65

Huntin’, Fishin’ and Lovin’ Every Day by Luke Bryan Debuts at #61

Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 from Kanye West re-enters the Top 100 at 67, he has a few other tracks lurking just outside the top of the chart as well

Jennifer Lopez is back with new material and some clarification that she Ain’t Your Mama, which Debuts #68

Eric Church gets a #84 Debut for Record Year

The lead single from The LumineersCleopatra LP, Ophelia, re-enters the chart at #88 (and that’s two Shakespeare characters for those keeping count)

Emerging Artist graduate Kelsea Ballerini gets her third single into the Top 100 as Peter Pan Debuts at #95

Another Emerging Artist, Chicago’s Dreezy, gets a #98 Debut for her first single, Body (ft. Jeremih)…will she be our next graduate?

Emerging Artist

Icelandic alternative rock act Kaleo (#19) began in their home country in 2012. They quickly created success there and by early 2015 signed a record deal with Elektra/Atlantic Records in the U.S. and relocated to Austin, Texas (totally similar to Icleand). This move was just in time for South by Southwest and they made the most of it, marking themselves as a standout act.

The single, All the Pretty Girls, did well at Triple A radio, peaking at #10 in September, 2015. Their current single, Way Down We Go, is #17 and Alternative radio and #12 at Triple A (having peaked at #8); the accompanying video was filmed in a volcano…something a little different and quite Icelandic.

They’ve been touring extensively, mainly with headlining club dates but also supporting Vance Joy in spring 2015; they just finished a club swing in the U.S. and Bluesfest in Australia. Last month they performed on Conan for some solid late night TV exposure.

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