Ultimate Roundup: George Michael, Another Gone Too Soon in 2016

Shawn Mendes’ Mercy-full Ascension, Migos Shake Up the New Year, Jon Bellion’s Breakout Continues, Run the Jewels’ 3rd Installment Is No Joke, Selfish Debuts for PnB Rock, Calum Scott Emerging On His Own

Ultimate 100 Artists

Holiday sales were kind to Bruno Mars, airplay is strong, he is back at #1

The untimely passing of George Michael gave one more posthumous surge for 2016 as fans spiked social, streaming, and sales activity, bringing him in for a Debut at #2

Live at Madison Square Garden and yet another feels-chocked version of Mercy send Shawn Mendes #14-3

twenty one pilots again inhabit the Top 5, this time at #4

Drake holds #5 again this week

Migos are hitting an unprecedented high on Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert), jump #17-6 and look like they can make a move at the Top 5 next week

Niall Horan is picking up some serious solo steam, is this week’s top Big Mover, gobbling up 29 spots to #17

The Jon Bellion train keeps on chugging along, he slides #45-24

George Michael fans have also surged activity for Wham!, his original duo with Andrew Ridgeley, which Debuts #35

Katy Perry may have gotten lost in Tokyo on New Year’s Eve, but she’s finding her way back up the chart #64-42

The first Emerging Artist graduate of 2016, Daya, surges back into the Top 100 at #49

Rap duo Run the Jewels release Run the Jewels 3 and go bigger than ever, making their Debut at #50

Meghan Trainor had to cancel holiday shows for vocal rest but her duet of Baby, It’s Cold Outside with Brett Elderidge was a holiday smash, she is a Big Mover up 27 to #55

Travi$ Scott goes #79-58 with biebs in the trap video, Astroworld album announcement on New Year’s Eve, a slot at Coachella, and even did the mixing himself after a NYE DJ fiasco

The final Emerging Artist graduate of 2016, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, re-enters the Top 100 at #68 riding a streaming surge

Fall Out Boy are back up to #72 after a 26-spot move

Major Lazer also surge back up the chart 23 places to #74

Ultimate 100 Songs

Migos Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) makes a killer #6-1 move to shake things up for the New Year

Bruno Mars 24k Magic holds #2

Shawn Mendes Mercy crashes into the Top 5 after going #15-3, spurred on by his live in an empty Madison Square Garden version

Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane) from Rae Sremmurd ended 2016 in the top tier, starts 2017 still strong at #4

The Chainsmokers Closer (ft. Halsey) is #5

This Town by Niall Horan cracks the Top 10 with a #17-7 maneuver

Jon Bellion’s breakout All Time Low threatens Top 10 status after a #20-11 showing this week

Daya’s Sit Still, Look Pretty is a Big Mover from #51 to #29

George Michael fans streamed and downloaded his music in droves after his unfortunate passing on Christmas, here’s the scoop:

Philadelphia’s PnB Rock first hit our Emerging Artists chart just about 1 year ago, now his cut, Selfish, Debuts strong at #55

Daya also sees Hide Away get some fresh fire, it re-enters at #61

Gnash had a breakout hit last year with i hate u I love you featuring Olivia O’Brien, now it is the 17-year-old singer’s turn to break out as her hate u love u Debuts #66

Charlie Puth We Don’t Talk Anymore (ft. Selena Gomez) goes #93-69

Lucky Sevens: Flume Never Be Like You (ft. Kai) re-enters at #77 and holds #7 Ultimate EDM Songs

In addition to his collab cuts with Metro Boomin, 21 Savage gets Red Opps into the Top 100 with a #93 Debut

Rae Sremmurd just about bookends this week’s chart as Real Chill, featuring current #3 Emerging Artist Kodak Black, Debuts in the #100 spot

Emerging Artist

In his early 20s British singer Calum Scott (#11) won a local talent completion, toured with a Maroon 5 cover band, and got some good experience as part of an electronic duo called The Experiment.

This set the stage for a fast rise in spring 2015 when he auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent covering Robyn’s Dancing On My Own as a slower, emotional pop ballad. He directly followed his sister who had just gotten rejected, Simon Cowell freaked out (in a good way), Calum was off directly to the semifinals, and fans went nuts streaming it. He eventually finished 6th but dove straight into his career, independently releasing an official recording of Dancing On My Own.

The song went on to do very well in the UK and he inked a deal with Capitol Records, who are now helping him break in the U.S. The single is currently #35 at Hot AC radio, #17 at AC, and will soon debut on the Top 40 chart.

He has appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers and Good Morning America, which in addition to airplay is starting to drive YouTube streaming and iTunes downloads. His second single is Rhythm Inside, chances are more material is in the works, and be on the lookout for American tour plans in 2017, likely anchored around a choice support slot.


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