Ultimate Roundup: The Weeknd Sees Stars

Hailee Steinfeld & Grey Definitely Not Starving, Niall Horan Surges, Green Day is Still Breathing, Next Challenger: DJ Suede the Remix God, Moana Makes a Mark, Nick Grant Gets Up

Ultimate 100 Artists

Bruno Mars takes over the #1 spot as 24K Magic and related singles do well, 2017 tour dates on sale

Rae Sremmurd are a strong #2

The Weeknd is up to #3 and has a real shot at #1 next week as Starboy fully rolls out

Metallica remain in the Top 5 at #4 on Hardwired… To Self-Destruct

Pentatonix move #7-5, just crushing the holiday music front

Lady Gaga surges #35-15

Michael Bublé makes a strong #52-23 jump on solid airplay, streaming, and sales

Starving (ft. Zedd) propels Hailee Steinfeld & Grey 34 places to #24

Bursting back into the Top 100 at #30 is Niall Horan, led by strong social growth and streaming as well as exposure from a Mercy duet with Shawn Mendes and a recent proclimation that One Direction will be back

We weren’t joking last week about Christmas time being Mariah Carey’s wheelhouse: she is a Big Mover +30 to #32

The Voice winner Jordan Smith’s first Christmas album, ‘Tis the Season, sells well as he makes the televised holiday event circuit

Green Day won’t stay down as Still Breathing does well at Alternative and Active Rock radio, Revolution Radio sales pick up, and they show good social growth

Alessia Cara was already doing well and is now boosted to #42 by her Disney Moana song, How Far I’ll Go, penned by the red-hot Lin-Manuel Miranda

The recent CMAs were good to Eric Church, who comes in at #47 on the main chart while entering the Top 5 on Ultimate Country Artists this week, and Kill a Word (ft. Rhiannon Giddens) climbs at Country radio; his Holdin’ My Own tour kicks off in January

Machine Gun Kelly returns to the Top 100 for the first time in over a year, at #49, as Bad Things with Fifth Harmonizer Camilla Cabello shows no sign of slowing with an official video drop nearing

OneRepublic makes a nice #83-57 move

Blake Shelton gobbles up Country radio airplay with A Guy With A Girl, goes #86-61 on the main chart and #12-9 on Ultimate Country Artists; Doing It to Country Songs tour kicks off at The Forum in Inglewood, CA on 2/17

Re-entering the Top 100 at #71 is Andy Grammer

The first posthumous Prince release, 4Ever, including previously unreleased material, brings The Purple One back into the chart at #78

It wouldn’t be December without a chart appearance by Trans-Siberian Orchestra as they bring their live experience city-to-city, boosting streaming, sales, and radio play

Train is back in at #90, their first appearance since October 2nd, 2014, just after they played the 4th annual iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas

Another collaborative duo with a hot single, Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha, join the Top 100 with a squeaker #100 Debut

Ultimate 100 Songs

Rae Sremmurd’s #MannequinChallenge-powered Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) is #1 for the 3rd week in a row

Bruno Mars 24K Magic takes #2

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) is #3

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) is #4 again this week while maintaining #1 on Ultimate EDM Songs for the seventeenth week in a row

Maroon 5 Don’t Wanna Know (ft. Kendrick Lamar) rounds out the Top 5 at #5

Starving (ft. Zedd) by Hailee Steinfeld & Grey enters the Top 10 after going #14-8

Niall Horan’s This Town vaults #53-10 for the best showing since its 2nd week on the chart in October, is the top Big Mover for the week

Going #41-16 is Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello) from Machine Gun Kelly, which is gaining at Top 40 and Rhythmic radio, selling well, and has an official video teaser out now

Andy Grammer Fresh Eyes is the 2nd-largest Big Mover this week as it is up 39 to #18 and into the Top 20 with ease

Shawn MendesMercy climbs #48-23 after a new duet version with Niall Horan

The #IGotSkillsChallenge is the latest to tear through YouTube, blowing up DJ Suede the Remix God’s I Got Skills #61-25

Hand Clap by Fitz & The Tantrums has been doing consistently well for some time now, and this week surges #62-34

Play That Song by Train Debuts up at #36

The young star of Disney’s Moana, Auli’i Cravalho, sees her in-movie version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s How Far I’ll Go Debut #40 while Alessia Cara’s official credits version Debuts #98

The release of the Starboy LP brings two more songs from The Weeknd into the Top 100: Party Monster Debuts #42 and I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk) Debuts #55

Lady Gaga’s Million Reasons re-enters the Top 100 at #51

That’s My Girl, the third single from Fifth Harmony’s second album, 7/27, Debuts #54

Emerging Artist graduate Daya’s Sit Still, Look Pretty grabs a lot of chart to take #56

After Debuting #87 last week, Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) moves up to #60 for Migos

We have our first two The Voice performances from the current season Debuting in the Top 100 this week: Sundance Head No One at #64 and Billy Gilman All I Ask at #95

Eminem’s 20th anniversary remaster of Infinite, the title cut from his debut album, Debuts #67

How quickly they grow up: 16-year-old Noah Cyrus Debuts the unique and unexpected UK-style pop/NuSoul collab, Make Me (Cry) (ft. Labrinth), at #71; it will be interesting to see what this one does…

Bounce Back by Big Sean does just that by re-entering at #78

Emerging Artist

Once again we feature an Atlanta-based rapper: this week it is Nick Grant (Debut #35). Nick first hit our radar over the summer and has seen his Total Fans increase about 42% in less than 4 months, 65% of those coming via Instagram.

In 2015 the virtually unknown rapper linked up with Jason Geter (Grand Hustle, Culture Republic) and in early 2016 put out the ’88 Among many songs, he followed this with the very cool cut The Game (ft. Like & Tessa Evans), the thought-provoking Black Boy, White Boy, and Get Up (ft. Watch the Duck), which is now getting some attention at Urban and Rhythmic radio via the team at Epic Records.

Nick grabbed an opening slot on Dave East’s Hate Me Now tour this past spring and played a gig at S.O.B.’s in New York with now-fellow Emerging Artist, Rob $tone…it is a safe bet that in addition to keeping warm in the studio this winter we’ll see bigger tour plans in the new year.

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