Ultimate Roundup: Metallica… Hardwired to the Top

Bruno Mars Waves Magic Funk Wand, Miranda Lambert Gets Some Weight Off Her Wings, John Mayer’s Weekender, Glory Days for Little Mix, Boyce Avenue Ups Covers Game, Nebu Kiniza Gasses Up

Ultimate 100 Artists

Rae Sremmurd hold the #1 spot for a 2nd week

The release of Hardwired… To Self-Destruct sends Metallica from #90 to #2

Bruno Mars maintains #3 on the release of his 24K Magic LP

The Weeknd steadily drops new tracks, stays at #4 again this week

We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service continues to do very well, attracting lots of positive attention, raising A Tribe Called Quest #17-5 in their 2nd week in the Top 100

Miranda Lambert jumps 66 spots to #17 on the main chart and takes #1 on Ultimate Country Artists following the release of her very personal, 24-track 6th LP, The Weight of These Wings

John Mayer returns with his first new song in 3 years, Love On the Weekend, along with announcing a 2017 LP and tour, bringing him back to the Top 100 at #26

Ah, yes…Melanie Martinez drops yet another perfectly Melanie Martinez video, for Pacify Her, and jumps #67-28

Portland rapper Aminé continues to heat up with the Caroline single, is a Big Mover +30 to #42

Disturbed release their second live LP, Live at Red Rocks, gaining 29 to #45

Little Mix’s 4th album, Glory Days, does pretty well in the U.S. as they are back in the Top 100 at #56

Hailee Steinfeld & Grey are hardly Starving for activity as their collab sends them up #81-58

No more comeback talk, thank you very much: Britney Spears steadily cranks out new material and might just have a bona fide hit on her hands with Tinashe and Slumber Party

Christmas time is Mariah Carey time and don’t you forget it: the superstar surges to #62

Brotherly trio Boyce Avenue has sure made a thing of streaming covers, and now by teaming up with Modern Family star (and huge voice-haver) Sarah Hyland they are taking it to another level and Debuting at #68

Shakira surges with Chantaje (ft. Maluma) doing well and 2 Latin Grammy wins for her collaboration with Carlos Vives, La Bicicleta, and goes ##96-69 here while moving into the Top 5 on Ultimate Latin Artists

Childish Gambino returns as Donald Glover spaces his projects out nicely (his FX show, Atlanta, was a standout this summer), slipping into the Top 100 for the first time since March, 2015, at #97

Ultimate 100 Songs

Rae Sremmurd’s #MannequinChallenge-powered Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) holds numero uno for week #2…and likely counting…

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) moves #4-2

Bruno Mars 24K Magic comes in at #3

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) is #4

Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) remains in the Top 5 at #5

John Mayer’s first new track in 3 years, Love on the Weekend, Debuts very strong at #11

The banging, hectic lead track from A Tribe Called Quest’s final album, We the People…, Debuts #38

Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello) from Machine Gun Kelly rocks up 40 spots to #41

Boyce Avenue’s cover of Maroon 5’s Don’t Wanna Know (ft. Sarah Hyland) with their Modern Family friend Debuts #49

Niall Horan This Town is a Big Mover going from #76-53

Melanie Martinez brings yet another more than slightly odd video to bear as Pacify Her Debuts #54

Avalanche: the latest YouTube-based challenge comes from DJ Suede the Remix God and I Got Skills (#IGotSkillsChallenge), which Debuts #61

The vibe is strong on this one: Britney Spears Slumber Party (ft. Tinashe) Debuts #78 and should easily rise next week

12-year-old ukulele-playing America’s Got Talent winner, Grace VanderWaal, sees I Don’t Know My Name Debut #83

Migos team up for Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) and a #87 Debut

18-year-old Swede, Zara Larsson, Debuts Ain’t My Fault at #90 as her starpower continues to build in the U.S.

British singer-songwriter, and 2012 UK X Factor winner, James Arthur, kind of sneaks up on America with Say You Won’t Let Go coming in at #94 for a Debut

Emerging Artist

Rapper Nebu Kiniza (#11) was born Corey Orville Reid in Queens, New York and raised in the Atlanta area, currently residing in Conyers, Georgia. He has been putting out original music for about two years including the mixtapes 2 Peace Signs, The Honor Roller, and Hypnosis, all via his own independent label, On Some Hippie Shit (OSHS).

His single, Gassed Up, has been getting attention online and is starting to build spins at Urban and Rhythmic radio, including plays in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Boston, Miami, Detroit, Baltimore, and St. Louis, just to name the biggest ones.

He hasn’t yet played a lot of shows but did perform at the Day N Night festival in Orange County in August. Expect him to keep dropping new music, labels to be sniffing around, maybe a SxSw run, and some actual touring as airplay lays the market-level groundwork.

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