Ultimate Roundup: The Rolling Stones Get the Blues

Machine Gun Kelly On Full-Auto, Childish Gambino Awakens His Love, The Voice Is Back and Loud as Ever, Yin and Yang with John Legend, Grace VanderWaal is Her Name, Khalid’s Location Emerging

Ultimate 100 Artists

No surprise: The Weeknd takes over the #1 spot following the full rollout of Starboy

Rae Sremmurd hold #2

Pentatonix’s holiday game is strong, the a capella quintet moves #5-3

Bruno Mars only cools off a little bit, comes in at #4

Drake wasn’t away from the Top 5 for long after a #7-5 move

Blue & Lonesome is The Rolling Stones’ 25th American studio album and the first to feature all cover songs (including some guest guitar from Eric Clapton), bringing the legends in at #12

Machine Gun Kelly is on full-auto right now, is a Big Mover +36 to #13, which is his best showing since he hit the same lucky #13 in October 2012

Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) re-enters the Top 100 with a nice showing at #15 following the release of “Awaken, My Love!”

Let’s take a moment to talk The Voice: three contestants have made their Debut this week: Sundance Head (#19), Brendan Fletcher (#67), and Billy Gilman (#95)

John Legend (#65-27) has released Darkness and Light, has a hit single, stars in the upcoming film, La La Land, and cannot be missed on TV and in the press these days

Holiday stalwarts Trans-Siberian Orchestra are on the road doing their thing, selling and streaming well, and make a huge +56 move to #29 this week

5 Seconds of Summer turns 5 years old and grabs a big Instagram followers bump to power back into the Top 100 at #40

Gnash’s follow-up to I Hate U I Love U (ft. Olivia O’Brien), home (ft. johnny yukon), piles on the activity to send him #83-41

Nicki Minaj returns to the chart at #44 with after her Black Barbies freestyle over Rae Srummurd’s hit went up on iTunes and Twitter freaked out

Her single, I Don’t Know My Name, Debuted on the 11/24 Ultimate 100 Songs chart, now the 12-year-old America’s Got Talent Season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal makes her Debut as an artist at #47 following the release of her debut EP, Perfectly Imperfect

J. Cole moves #96-57 after breaking relative silence by dropping the fiery Everybody Dies track and announcing the 12/9 drop of the 4 Your Eyez Only LP; expect a further rise next week

OOOUUU + OOOUUU (Remix ft. 50 Cent) = Young M.A re-enters at #63

Sarah McLachlan joins the holiday fray with sales of Wonderland and streaming of various tracks, grabs the #64 slot

Brett Eldredge moves #87-66 for Big Mover status

Kane Brown has released his self-titled debut album and earns the #75 space this week as well as #10 on Ultimate Country Artists

Fans are loving Moana star Auli’i Cravalho, she Debuts #86

Ultimate 100 Songs

The Weeknd Starboy (ft. Daft Punk) reaches #1 for the first time and 3 Debuts give him 5 more in the Top 100:

Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) slips to #2 after 3 consecutive weeks in the top spot

Bruno Mars 24K Magic is #3

Maroon 5 Don’t Wanna Know (ft. Kendrick Lamar) goes #5-4

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) is #5 here while maintaining #1 on Ultimate EDM Songs for the eighteenth week in a row

As expected, the release of the official video for Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello) from Machine Gun Kelly adds to still-growing radio airplay and sends the song into the Top 10 at #6

Count ‘em: we have FIVE The Voice Performances Debuting this week:

Emerging Artist chart graduate D.R.A.M.’s #14 Broccoli (ft. Lil Yachty) has been nominated for a Best Rap/Sung Performance Grammy Award!

Lady Gaga’s Million Reasons re-entered the Top 100 at #51 last week and jumps to #24 this week

Black Barbies, Nicki Minaj’s freestyle over Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles, became official (an unmastered version had been up on Soundcloud) and Debuts #30

Your Moana Moment:

Big Sean Bounce Back climbs to #56

Young M.A OOOUUU (Remix ft. 50 Cent) Debuts #58 while the OG version is at #40

Emerging Artist chart graduate Desiigner’s Panda (currently #47 after peaking at #2 this spring) has been nominated for a Best Rap Performance Grammy Award!

British singer James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go makes a nice #96-74 jump in its 3rd week on the chart

Chantaje (ft. Maluma) by Shakira Debuts #87 while holding #1 on Ultimate Latin Songs for a 2nd week in a row

G-Eazy gets another one in the Top 100 with the #88 Debut of Bone Marrow (ft. Danny Seth)

This collab has legs: 21 Savage & Metro Boomin see No Heart Debut #94 to join #68 X (ft. Future)

Emerging Artist

This summer a pleasant surprise hit our early warning radar in the form of 18-year-old R&B/soul singer Khalid. The El Paso, Texas native then Debuted on our Emerging Artists chart at #30 on October 20th; he resides at #15 this week.

Khalid teamed up with producers Syk Sense (Drake), Tunji Ige & Smash David in L.A. and independently released the infectiously danceable Let’s Go and the deep-flowing Location, which quickly got him a deal with RCA Records.

Location has been steadily building activity and is now getting worked for significant airplay at Urban radio, where it is currently #35, and Rhythmic radio where should chart soon. Support is already building in markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia…and that’s just in the Top 10!

The Location Tour kicks off in January and it looks like the sky is the limit for this kid.


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