Ultimate Roundup: King Prince

Desiigner goes Top 10, James Bay Makes Big Airplay-Driven Move, A$AP Ferg Debuts, Ariana Grande Collabs with Lil Wayne, The Voice Raises, Niykee Heaton Re-Emerges Off-Script

Ultimate 100 Artists

The shocking death of Prince continues a string of losses in the music world this year, but this one has played out differently as fans immediately swarmed to his music, driving him into the #1 spot on just 4 days’ worth of data…and the activity is simply dominating the rest of the chart, putting him far out ahead of the pack

Rihanna holds #2

Drake only slips to #3

Lukas Graham is #4

Future moves up two to take #5

As predicted, Desiigner continues to flourish on Panda, moving up three to #7

Former Emerging Artist Sturgill Simpson sees a 2nd week of strong sales of his new album, A Sailor’s Guide to Earth, which moves him up from #18 to #12

Radio airplay is getting more exposure for James Bay, with streaming and sales following, making him a Big Mover up 22 to #40

Harlem rapper A$AP Ferg drops Always Strive and Prosper and grabs his Debut in the Top 100 at #48

Ultimate 100 Songs

Let’s talk about the effect Prince’s music is having on the Songs chart this week: he puts fifteen tracks into the Top 100 on just 4 days’ of activity…unprecedented and a testament to the impact his career had on music and people everywhere; it could take a few weeks for the chart to recover

Lukas Graham 7 Years manages to hold #1

Desiigner Panda remains at #3

Drake One Dance (ft. Wizkid & Kyla) is #4

The Chainsmokers Don’t Let Me Down (ft. Daya) goes Top 10 at #10

Wicked from Future is a Big Mover up 20 to #42

A new one from Ariana Grande, Let Me Love You (ft. Lil Wayne), Debuts #43

Fat Joe & Remy Ma see All the Way Up (ft. French Montana) move #77-68

Body (ft. Jeremih) by current #1 Emerging Artist, Dreezy, goes #85-80

Two fresh The Voice performances manage to Debut on the Prince-dominated chart:

Emerging Artist

Illinois-raised Floridian singer and model Niykee Heaton (#24) re-enters the chart this week. While in high school, the now  21-year-old began posting acoustic covers of current popular hits, many of the urban and rap genres, on her YouTube channel, many of which went viral. She signed with All Def Digital (Capitol Records) and released the Bad Intentions EP and worked with Russell Simmons and Migos along the way. In fall 2015 she embarked on the 20-city Bedroom Tour as headliner; in March of this year Capitol released The Bedroom Tour Playlist mixtape.

A different type of emerging act than what we generally see on the chart, it will be interesting to see how this artist and her team continue to parlay her online popularity into touring, recording, and other marketing endeavors (she has her own Naturyl Born Killers brand) in order to continue growing her career beyond being an Internet-breaking bombshell.


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