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Ultimate Roundup: Ed Sheeran Floods Streams

Halestorm Rains Covers, Sobering Stories from Dropkick Murphys, The Charts Won’t Let Go of James Arthur, Noah Cyrus + Labrinth = Big Mover, iSpy KYLE Breaking Out, Ayo Jay’s Lucky Number

Ultimate 100 Artists

Bruno Mars holds #1 again this week

Ed Sheeran rockets up the chart from #79-2 following the release of two new tracks that are toppling streaming records across the board

The Weeknd returns to the Top 5 at #3

Drake comes in at #4

twenty one pilots are #5

Zayn & Taylor Swift jump just about the entire chart #98-6 while their Fifty Shades Darker cut is front and center with the full soundtrack details being released

Sia climbs towards the Top 10, #30-14

Machine Gun Kelly rises from #32 to #17

A viral cover of Tennessee Whiskey adds fuel to Chris Stapleton’s fire and he moves #52-22 this week

Reanimate 3.0: The Covers EP is the third installment from Halestorm and brings them into the Top 100 at #30, their first visit since April, 2015 when Into the Wild Life came out

Following the release of 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory Boston punks Dropkick Murphys have their best Ultimate Chart showing, at #38, since March 2011; their St. Patrick’s Day Tour kicks off 2/21

John Legend gets a La La Land boost to #44 and will likely ride that wave a bit more next week

George “Joji” Miller is the man behind internet absurdist Filthy Frank, who in turn is the man behind Pink Guy, who just released an album called Pink Season that brings him in for a #54 Debut this week

We’ve been seeing Say You Won’t Let Go grow and grow in recent weeks and now that activity is enough to Debut James Arthur at #58

Sam Hunt re-enters the Top 100 at #67 with the release of his new single, Drinkin’ Too Much, while he is +8 to #9 on Ultimate Country Artists

Thomas Rhett is a Big Mover from #92-71

Jon Pardi re-enters at #82 as Country radio airplay spurs streaming and sales

Ultimate 100 Songs

Bruno Mars 24k Magic returns to #1

Zayn & Taylor Swift I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) crushes into the Top 5 at #2 as news focuses on the full soundtrack track listing

Migos Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) slips a bit to #3 but remains strong, still ruling YouTube plays

Ed Sheeran has returned with a flourish as his two new songs break streaming records all over the place: Shape of You comes in for a #4 Debut and Castle on the Hill Debuts #10

Shawn Mendes Mercy holds in the Top 5 at #5, with continued activity from his live in an empty Madison Square Garden version

Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello) from Machine Gun Kelly is back in the Top 10 at #8

James Arthur’s Say You Won’t Let Go is earning hit status with an impressive #56-24 jump in a busy week on the chart

The Weeknd’s 2nd Daft Punk-featuring track on the chart, I Feel It Coming, is a Big Mover +33 to #31

Better Man by Little Big Town goes #54 -33 on the main chart and #4-2 on Ultimate Country Songs

This Texas man’s pretty amazing homemade carpool karaoke cover of Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey spurs the song back into the Top 100 at #38 here and all the way up to #3 on Ultimate Country Songs

Jon Pardi Dirt On My Boots is +26 to #44

Noah Cyrus’s very British pop/soul-sounding Make Me (Cry), featuring and produced by UK singer Labrinth who clearly made his mark, is a hot Big Mover from #85-45

Fans are taking the title literally as Train’s Play That Song is another very strong Big Mover from #88-48

Both (ft. Drake) from Gucci Mane re-enters the chart at the halfway point, #50

Auli’I Cravalho’s in-movie version of How Far I’ll Go from Disney’s Moana gets a big #90-51 Golden Globes boost

Fitz & The Tantrum’s more than a little danceable HandClap returns at #64

Ventura, California rapper KYLE breaks out in a big way with winter-breaking vibes of iSpy (ft. Lil Yachty) Debuting #66

The Weeknd Party Monster moves #89-69

Emerging Artists chart grads Kaleo see Way Down We Go rise back into the Top 100 at #70

The latest from Tyga, Feel Me (ft. Kanye West) Debuts #80

Clean Bandit’s Rockabye (ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) has been Top 10 on Ultimate EDM Songs and now Debuts on the main chart at #86

Fifth Harmony’s Camila Cabello-less version of That’s My Girl draws interest, and draws the cut back in at #90

Emerging Artist

UK-born, currently New York-based Nigerian singer Ayo Jay (#21), aka “Boy Wonder”, has been riding the Emerging Artists chart since his Debut early last June. His afropop vibes have been catching on with American audiences via his track, Your Number, which was originally released in 2013.

Things heated up in 2015 with the release of a version featuring Fetty Wap which was followed by a remix with Chris Brown and Kid Ink.

With an international deal signed with RCA Records last year his aptly-titled Coming to America EP is slated to drop soon.

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