Ultimate Roundup: J. Cole Drops the Mic on 2016 Releases

Zayn & Taylor Swift’s Darker Duet, Post Malone Hot Boxes Chart, Tech N9ne: Eminent Independent, Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson Hold On, 21 Savage & Metro Boomin Put the “Amp” in Ampersand, Lil Yachty Floats His Boat

Ultimate 100 Artists

J. Cole only recently announced the 12/9 release of 4 Your Eyez Only and with just a few days in the books he easily vaults 56 spots to take #1 in a big, big way

The Weeknd doesn’t go far, takes #2 this week

Pentatonix hold on to #3 and will probably remain Top 5 through the end of the year as they rule Christmas

Bruno Mars retains #4 again this week

Rae Sremmurd are cooling off a bit but remain in the Top 5 at #5

Machine Gun Kelly is gunning for the Top 5 after a #13-6 move

Blue & Lonesome continues to do well for The Rolling Stones, they show all these kids what’s up by sliding into the Top 10, #12-8

What a duet: Zayn & Taylor Swift have the 50 Shades Darker lead single and hit the chart at #10

John Legend moves into the Top 20 at #19 on Darkness and Light, a hit single, and La La Land

Billy Gilman has a final surge on the chart, with a massive +74 Big Mover jump to #21, with activity from before he came in as runner-up on The Voice

Former Emerging Artist Post Malone has released his debut album, Stoney, to a good showing at #30

Independent rapper Tech N9ne does it again, releasing The Storm, the sequel to his 1999 debut LP, The Calm Before the Storm, and nabs #33

Train’s Play That Song lifts them back into the Top 100 at #53

OneRepublic moves #92-55, seeing good activity around Let’s Hurt Tonight, which is approaching a Ultimate 100 Songs Debut, as well as Kids and Counting Stars

Guccie Mane keeps it coming, goes #80-58

The second big-time collab to debut this week is Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson at #72 following the release of Just Hold On as yet another OneDirection-er officially goes solo

Migos are up across the board as Bad and Boujuee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) takes off, they re-enter at #76

The Hamilton Mixtape, The Voice, and the annual holiday music surge all help lift the original TV singing competition star, Kelly Clarkson, to #80 this week

Bounce Back is bolstered by an official video, Big Sean sneaks in at #98

Their collab tracks, X (ft. Future) and No Heart, have been doing well on Ultimate 100 Songs, now 21 Savage & Metro Boomin squeak out a #100 Debut on the artist side

Ultimate 100 Songs

Rae Sremmurd’s Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) moves back into the #1 spot

Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello) from Machine Gun Kelly rides a big wave, moving #6-2

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

Bruno Mars 24k Magic is #4

Zayn & Taylor Swift’s duet, I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker), from the upcoming movie sequel, makes a superstar-worthy Debut at #5

Billy Gilman’s I Surrender (The Voice Performance) Debuts very strong at #8, from the week prior to his coming in 2nd

Last week it was The Weeknd who had a bunch of new album tracks pepper the chart, this week J. Cole goes big in a Drake-like way with 5 Debuts:

Sundance Head, who won The Voice this week, has Love Can Build a Bridge (The Voice Performance) from last week Debut #23

Pop and EDM mind-meld with Steve Aoki & Louis Tomlinson Just Hold On, which Debuts #24

Mercy from Shawn Mendes goes #59-34

Christian Cuevas To Worship You I Live (Away) (The Voice Performance) Debuts #37

Josh Gallagher Danny’s Song (The Voice Performance) Debuts #49

No joke: James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go continues a steady climb, reaching #59 this week

Gnash doesn’t waste any time getting a follow-up track bubbling, home (ft. johnny yukon) Debuts #67

Shakira Chantaje (ft. Maluma) climbs to #71 on the main chart and holds #1 on Ultimate Latin Songs for the 3rd week in a row

21 Savage & Metro Boomin No Heart chases #65 X (ft. Future) on a #94-78 lift

Not to be outdone by The Voice contestants, Blake Shelton A Guy with a Girl Debuts #82 on the main chart while moving #15-6 on Ultimate Country Songs

Grammy nominations lift Lukas Graham’s 7 Years back into the Top 100 at #83

The White Stripe’s increasingly classic, and sporting event favorite, Seven Nation Army, hits #90 this week after featuring in a new all-star filled Beats by Dre commercial

Chunky becomes Bruno Mars’ 2nd Top 100 song following a #91 Debut

Emerging Artist

Atlanta, the city that shows absolutely no sign of slowing the insane flow of creative hip-hop output, has yet another up-and-coming rapper hit the Emerging Artists chart in a big way. Lil Yachty has been building his activity for a while but was statistically elusive in making this chart until now, as he does it big by Debuting at #1.

He is featured on Emerging Artist graduate D.R.A.M.’s Grammy-nominated Broccoli, currently #17 on Ultimate 100 Songs, and his single, 1 Night, currently sits at #84 after hitting #37 in early November. Streaming numbers for 1 Night remain steady and it peaked at #18 at Urban radio in October, and #22 at Rhythmic in November.

Lately his live events have included headline gigs as well as radio shows and other bills with T.I., Rae Sremmurd, Young M.A, and G-Eazy just to name a few. Next he’ll head across the Atlantic for some European dates in February and March.


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