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Ultimate Roundup: The xx See You

Ed Sheeran Dominates, The Chainsmokers Start 2017 with Paris, U2 Celebrate The Joshua Tree’s 30th, A Darker Contribution from Halsey, Brantley Gilbert Eyes The Devil, Russ Knows What They Want

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran quickly completes his massive return with a #2-1 move

The Weeknd is #2

Bruno Mars claims #3

The Chainsmokers go #9-4 after dropping their new track, Paris, on Friday 1/13

Migos are Top 5 this week, at #5

Rihanna returns to the Top 10 at #8

The xx have released their 3rd album, and first in 5 years, I See You, and come in at #15 for their highest ranking since Coexist was released in September 2012

A year after his death, David Bowie once again surges on the charts, re-entering at #35 as he is all over music news, is nominated for 2 BRIT Awards, Blackstar vinyl is hot, and it is the 40th anniversary of Low

The Joshua Tree turns 30 in March and #43 U2 will embark on a tour celebrating the classic album, starting in Vancouver on May 12th

Halsey re-enters the Top 100 at #52 with the release of her Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack contribution, Not Afraid Anymore

His The Devil Don’t Sleep album hits streets on 1/27 and pre-release samples along with The Weekend, Tried to Tell Ya, and Rockin’ Chairs lift Brantley Gilbert to #75; his tour with Emerging Artists Tucker Beathard and Luke Combs launches on February 2nd

Romeo Santos once again visits the Top 100, this time at #80, and there is news swirling of a new album coming this year…

Run the Jewels re-enter at #84 as Run the Jewels 3 continues to sell and stream well, keeping heads nodding from coast to coast

The LumineersCleopatra World Tour Continues is on now, sales and streaming are up, and they climb to #89

The new video for Black is making an impression as is the What the Hell World Tour, lifting Dierks Bentley to #91 on the main chart and #13 on Ultimate Country Artists

Phil Collins (#92) is reportedly taking things to a whole new level in order to embark on his Not Dead Yet tour later this year

Train re-enter at #95 as Play That Song does well at Hot AC radio and downloads prior to the 1/27 release of their tenth studio album, A Girl, a Bottle, a Boat

Ultimate 100 Songs

It didn’t even take two full weeks of activity for Ed Sheeran’s new track, Shape of You, to grab #1

Migos Bad and Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert) remains hot at #2

Ed Sheeran’s other new song, Castle on the Hill, takes #3 and solidifies his hold on the chart this week

I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) from super-duo Zayn & Taylor Swift is #4

The Chainsmokers Paris Debuts #5 on the main chart with only 3 days of activity and Debuts #1 on Ultimate EDM Songs, ending their own awesome run at #1 with Closer (ft. Halsey)

iSpy (ft. Lil Yachty) from KYLE Debuted #66 last week and surges +30 to #36 this week…without any radio airplay…yet…

A kinda nutty new video for The Weeknd’s Party Monster brings the cut up 31 spots to #38; his world tour kicks off next month and it is a safe bet that the visuals will be strong

Another song from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack is climbing, this time it is Halsey’s Not Afraid Anymore which Debuts #45

Clean Bandit Rockabye (ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) is officially hot in America, it is this week’s top Big Mover, up 38 to #48

Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud gets a spillover boost from the two new songs, moves #94-61

Sam Hunt’s surprise new one, Drinkin’ Too Much, Debuts #70 here after Debuting on Ultimate Country Songs last week

No time wasted, Migos continue their assault with T-Shirt Debuting #72

Future Used to This (ft. Drake) is +25 to #75

Bebe Rexha has been making waves as a collaborator and featured artist of late, now she sees her I Got You Debut #78

EDM’s latest giant head-wearing beat-dropper Marshmello gets his first Top 100 track with Alone Debuting #97; it is #9 on Ultimate EDM Songs and joined there by Summer which Debuts #20

Rae Sremmurd Swang Debuts #99

Emerging Artist

Rapper, singer, and producer Russ (#4) has lived many places in his 24 years but scalding-hot Atlanta has been the base from which he launched his career. Beginning in 2012 Russ generated a lot of success independently, dropping track after track after track mainly via SoundCloud as part of the Diemon crew.

Columbia Records did not miss the memo and signed him up in 2016, helping push the single What They Want further into the world. Streaming remains Russ’ main vehicle but What They Want did well at Rhythmic radio where it peaked at #10 last November. Losin Control is also starting to gain some ground both online and across the airwaves.

In February and March Russ has club gigs on the calendar for The Real Fans Tour Pt. 1 (including Beirut, Lebanon!) along with Air + Style 2017 in LA and a support slot with Lil Wayne in Spokane. Festivals are lining up nicely as he’ll be at Hangout and Boston Calling in May and Bonnaroo in June. We should see a major label mixtape or EP in 2017.

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