Ultimate Roundup: Miranda Lambert Shows Heart

ACM Awards Lifts All Boats, The Chainsmokers: Memories Opened, Tracks Everywhere, Harry Styles’ Solo Sign, Joey Bada$$ Drives Dollar Sign Usage to 2-Year High, Halsey Channels the Power of Now, YFN Lucci Debuts

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran’s overall spread of activity keeps him at #1

Bruno Mars holds on to #2

Drake remains #3

Kendrick Lamar stays at #4 but will be the top contender on the 4/20 chart with Friday’s (4/14) release of

Miranda Lambert won two ACM Awards and gave an amazing performance on 4/2 ; with a full week of activity in the books she stakes claim to a huge #5 re-entry here and goes +20 to #1 on Ultimate Country Artists, ending Sam Hunt’s 9-week run

More than one person has opened Memories…Do Not Open and now there are The Chainsmokers tracks everywhere, propping the duo up at #6

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood always make for great duets and this year’s ACM Awards was no different, he moves into the Top 10 #19-9 and takes #3 on Ultimate Country Artists

Harry Styles becomes the latest One Directon-er to debut solo material and Debut #12 here; a big Saturday Night Live musical guest spot happens this weekend and he’ll hit the big screen in Dunkirk this summer

Bohemian Rhapsody is the latest classic to get the super-duper Pentatonix treatment, bringing the acapella group back in at #20

#33-21 Florida Georgia Line benefits from current music, ACM Awards wins and a performance with Backstreet Boys, and tons of live dates from now through the end of the summer

Kevin Gates channels Joan Osborne (you read that right, more below) for a nice #54-37 move

Emerging Artists chart graduate Julia Michaels jumps #53-41 as Issues continues to grow

In dollar sign news, Joey Bada$$ has dropped All-Amerikkkan Bada$$, earning a #42 re-entry, his first Top 100 appearance in over two years

Halsey returns with new material and returns to the chart at #48 this week

An ACM Awards nomination and performance were more than enough to guide Lady Antebellum into the #54 slot; the You Look Good tour is your chance to catch them live

ACM Awards Vocal Group of the Year and show performer, Little Big Town, is a +24 Big Mover to #60

Atlanta rapper YFN Lucci’s debut EP, Long Live Nut, delivers him a #64 Debut; he appeared on the Emerging Artists chart last spring

The ACM Awards were also good to Maren Morris, who is back in the Top 100 at #66

The Bulletproof LP from Memphis’ Young Dolph leads to a #79 Debut for the independent rapper

Recorded live on tour, Starlight, raises Bethel Music up to #82

The insanely prolific Tech N9ne releases his latest Collabos album, Dominion, grabbing #85; the Strictly Strange Tour is on now

Cole Swindell’s live ACM Awards pairing with Dierks Bentley boosts him to #89

With two singles and more and more info swirling around Melodrama, Lorde re-enters at #98

Ultimate 100 Songs

Kendrick Lamar’s HUMBLE. Debuted at #3 last week and now jumps Bruno and Ed to take over #1

Bruno MarsThat’s What I Like is not far behind in the #2 spot

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You is #3

Sign of the Times from Harry Styles Debuts big at #4

Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt holds down #5 on the main chart and a tenth week in a row at #1 (after Debuting at the top) on Ultimate Country Songs

As mentioned above, Miranda Lambert had a good ACM Awards, including a very notable performance of Tin Man, which Debuts #7 here while bowing at #2 on Ultimate Country Songs

Let’s pull to the side for a moment and take a look at other songs positively affected following the ACM Awards on Sunday, April 2nd:

Keith UrbanThe Fighter (ft. Carrie Underwood) moves #36-8 while Blue Ain’t Your Color is +21 to 36

Lady AntebellumYou Look Good re-enters at #23

Florida Georgia LineGod, Your Mama, and Me (ft. Backstreet Boys) is the week’s top Big Mover after going #86-41 and H.O.L.Y. is up #99-73

Jason AldeanAny Ol’ Barstool surges #97-71

Dierks BentleyBlack re-enters at #77

Cole SwindellFlatliner (ft. Dierks Bentley) Debuts #80

Old DominionNo Such Thing as a Broken Heart Debuts #84

Brothers Osborne It Ain’t My Fault Debuts #85

Luke BryanFast Debuts #89

Jason Derulo Swalla (ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) has a third solid week in a row, going #51-33

Halsey’s new Now or Never Debuts #34

Radio airplay and recent syncs including HBO and Fox push Lorde’s Green Light from #74 to #51

Travis Scott Goosebumps (ft. Kendrick Lamar) goes #92-60

Pentatonix make Bohemian Rhapsody their own, it Debuts #75

Subeme La Radio (ft. Descemer Bueno & Zion y Lennox) from Enrique Iglesias is really taking off, Debuting #76 here and moving #6-2 on Ultimate Latin Songs

Controversy aside, the recent Pepsi commercial featuring Skip Marley’s Lions gives the song a #78 Debut

Detroit’s Tee Grizzley takes over #1 on this week’s Emerging Artist chart as First Day Out Debuts #92

Kevin GatesWhat If plays off of Joan Osborne’s 1995 hit, What If God Was One of Us, Debuts #97

Emerging Artists

A bit of a shakeup at the top of the chart as Detroit rapper Tee Grizzley jumps into the #1 spot with his single, First Day Out, making a solid move from streaming activity to Debut at #92 on Ultimate 100 Songs

Rag’N’Bone Man becomes a strong #2; Human comes in at #86 on Ultimate 100 Songs

Starley climbs a notch to #3 as Call On Me radio airplay is leading to a streaming uptick

Taylor Girlz re-enter at #9

Atlanta won’t stop: rapper Money Man is the latest from The A to Debut here, coming in at #17

The World’s Best American Band, White Reaper, caught a lot of people’s attention at SxSw last month and things are spreading well beyond their Louisville, KY base as they Debut #19

Through Fire re-enters at #26

An act that we’ve had our eye on for a while, and another to make a big mark at SxSw both this year and in 2016, PWR BTTM, ekes out a #40 Debut


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Ultimate Roundup: Thomas Rhett Doesn’t Let Up

Kodak Black Goes Top 10, Mastodon Release Lucky #7, MercyMe are Lifers, Xxxtentacion Debuts, Elton John Turns 70 Years Young, Logic Brings Something for Everybody

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran retakes #1 after only one week out of the top spot

Bruno Mars muscles into #2

Drake comes in at #3

Kendrick Lamar moves #10-4 as he now has two new singles out and the video for is an attention-getter

Future claims #5

Emerging Artists chart graduate Kodak Black rides his current surge right into the Top 10 with a #17-8 jump

Katy Perry climbs #16-10

Lil Uzi Vert has a good-looking #45-27 rise; there are a few opportunities coming up to catch him live

Thomas Rhett claimed two ACM Awards on Sunday night and his new song, Craving you (ft. Maren Morris), has hit the ground running, bringing him in with a #31 re-entry here while he jumps into the Top 5 on Ultimate Country Artists

Mastodon comes in at #34 with the release of their 7th album, Emperor of Sand, after setting off their first live performance in over six months at SxSw a few weeks back

Eric Church barely misses Big Mover status with his +19 to #49

Texas contemporary Christian band MercyMe releases Lifer for a claim on #50; the Lifer tour kicks off in Tucson on April 23rd

Rapper Xxxtentacion makes his Debut at #56 as Look at Me! continues to rise

ACM Awards co-host Dierks Bentley re-enters at #78 while moving up to #14 on Ultimate Country Artists

Recently turning 70 years young is enough to bring Elton John into the #85 slot this week; The Million Dollar Piano 8-show run at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas begins on April 25th

Logic released the new single, Everybody, while announcing a new LP of the same name that will street on May 5th; the #86 re-entry is his first Top 100 appearance since September

Ultimate 100 Songs

Bruno MarsThat’s What I Like jumps into the #1 spot while all the other hits weren’t looking…

…ending Ed Sheeran’s six-week run for Shape of You, which is now #2

HUMBLE. from Kendrick Lamar, with a solid video, Debuts big at #3

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This is at #4

Sam Hunt Body Like a Back Road is #5 here and #1 on Ultimate Country Songs for the 9th straight week (and it Debuted at #1!)

Airplay and downloads lead the way into the Top 10, #18-7, for Katy Perry’s Chained to the Rhythm (ft. Skip Marley)

Say You Won’t Let Go from James Arthur returns to the Top 10 at #8, its highest chart position yet

KYLE iSpy (ft. Lil Yachty) finally cracks the Top 10 after moving up #13-9

Thomas Rhett Craving You (ft. Maren Morris) is off to a great start, including a terrific ACM Awards performance, earning a #17 Debut here and #2 on Ultimate Country Songs

Because The Chainsmokers just can’t stop, they Debut yet another new song, The One, which bows at #21

A huge +40 Big Mover stomp brings Lil Uzi Vert XO TOUR Llif3 all the way up to #23

Fans are clearly happy to have Linkin Park back with new material…Heavy (ft. Kiiara) climbs #58-34

After Debuting at #72 last week, Jason Derulo Swalla (ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) goes up to #51

Light My Body Up (ft. Nicki Minaj & Lil Wayne) from David Guetta Debuts #82 here and holds #9 on Ultimate EDM Songs after Debuting there last week

MercyMe’s Even If Debuts #93 around the aforementioned album release

#2 Emerging Artist Calum Scott has his version of Dancing On My Own re-enter at #98 after a strong performance by Jack Cassidy on The Voice

Emerging Artists

Rag’N’Bone Man holds #1 again this week but now it is looking like he’ll need a little more time to graduate; if Top 40 radio plays ramp up that should lead to gains in other areas

Jack Cassidy’s The Voice performance version of Dancing On My Own leads to a#98 Ultimate 100 Songs re-entry for Calum Scott’s version, and he jumps #11-2 on Emerging Artists

LA EDM trio Cheat Codes Debuts up at #5 on the release of their huge collab, No Promises (ft. Demi Lovato), which Debuts at #11 on Ultimate EDM Songs while they hit Ultimate EDM Artists at #11 as well (11:11, make a wish); you might recall their stint on the EDM charts for Sex with Kris Kross Amsterdam last year

Nebu Kiniza flirts with the Top 10 after moving #14-11

The steady climb continues for Missio, who go #22-16

Ocean Park Standoff re-enters at #32


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Ultimate Roundup: Kendrick Lamar Gets to the Heart of the Matter

Drake Goes to Eleven, Big Mover Trey Songz, Gorillaz to the Rescue!, The Originator – Chuck Berry, RaeLynn Goes Wild, Luke Combs Graduates

Ultimate 100 Artists

Drake’s massive More Life numbers send him back into the #1 spot, unseating Ed Sheeran and his 5-week run

Of course, Ed Sheeran doesn’t go far and holds #2 (he’s been at either #1 or #2 since 1/12)

Bruno Mars takes #3

Rick Ross moves #7-4 with further activity around Rather You Than Me

The Weeknd rounds out the Top 5 at #5

Kendrick Lamar re-enters at #10 with a new single, The Heart Part 4, his first Top 100 appearance since September

We saw the lead-up and now Trey Songz is the week’s top Big Mover going +69 to #15 with the release of Tremaine the Album

The Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Original Motion Picture Cast is up #36-19 as fans of the live-action reboot flock to the soundtrack

Keith Urban keeps the heat up with a #44-29 rise here while moving into #2 on Ultimate Country Artists

Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s Gorillaz are back, releasing four new songs and earning #34

Zedd & Alessia Cara are proving to be a potent combo, rise to #35

Lil Uzi Vert’s new animated video is garnering a lot of attention, sending him up #72-45

Posthumous activity around the groundbreaking music of icon and legend Chuck Berry brings the original guitar slinger in at #47

Disturbed continue their long run of consistency, are +21 to #58

Jason Derulo’s new jam with Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign sends him #95-71

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill are making an album together and the lead single brings them in for a #73 Debut as a duo

The release of RaeLynn’s debut album, Wild Horse, gives her a #82 Debut here and a #13 re-entry on Ultimate Country Artists

Luke Combs becomes our seventh Emerging Artists chart graduate of 2017 as he goes +25 to slip in for a Debut at #100!

Ultimate 100 Songs

Despite losing the top Artists spot to Drake’s onslaught, Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You holds #1 for a sixth week

Bruno Mars That’s What I Like takes week five at #2

Body Like a Back Road from Sam Hunt moves up #4-3 while remaining at #1 Ultimate Country Songs for a 8th consecutive week

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This is at #4

Kendrick Lamar’s The Heart Part 4 Debuts at #5

Emerging Artists chart graduate Kodak Black’s Tunnel Vision rises to #8

Stay from Zedd & Alessia Cara goes Top 10 at #9

OK, let’s take a Drake break…the dude has eleven songs in the Top 100 this week, all Debuts save for Fake Love!

The first official duet from Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s upcoming album project, Speak to a Girl, Debuts #22 here and #2 on Ultimate Country Songs

Ed Sheeran Shape of You (Stormzy Remix) Debuts #38

Look at Me! From Xxxtentacion is the week’s top Big Mover, up 43 to #42 on strong streaming activity

The animated video for Lil Uzi Vert’s XO TOUR Llif3 brings it in for a #63 Debut

G-Eazy & Kehlani’s Good Life goes #97-67

Jason Derulo Swalla (ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) Debuts #72

Current #1 Emerging Artist Rag’N’Bone Man’s soulful Human Debuts #73 as it makes the leap to Top 40 radio

Rick Ross brings some heat with Idols Become Rivals (ft. Chris Rock), which Debuts #86

Zayn releases another jam, Still Got Time (ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR), for a #93 Debut

Dan Stevens, who plays the Beast in the new Beauty and the Beast, has his film version of Evermore (ft. London Voices) grab on for a #100 Debut

Emerging Artists

We close out the first quarter with our seventh graduate, Luke Combs! He went +25 to slip in to Ultimate 100 Artists at #100 this week and is #15 on Ultimate Country Artists. His single, Hurricane, is #52 on Ultimate 100 Songs and #6 on Ultimate Country Songs.

This makes Rag’N’Bone Man our #1 artist for the week and he came so close to graduating as well, coming in at #102 on Ultimate 100 Artists! Human has already been a smash in the U.K. and is working towards that here in the U.S. as it crosses over to Top 40 radio. The track Debuted #73 on Ultimate 100 Songs this week and it is a safe bet that this soulful singer will graduate next week.

We have a good feeling about LANCO, who are now up to #6 as Greatest Love Story gains traction with fans in a meaningful way and is #32 on Ultimate Country Songs

As noted last week, rapper GoldLink is on the rise. His At What Cost album dropped on Friday (3/24) and he continues to surge, this week going #24-7.

Rapper, and recent Dreamville signee, J.I.D  quickly makes the move to Emerging with a #31 Debut this week; let’s see if he can hold on behind his sick track, Never.


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Ultimate Roundup: Would You Rather, Ricky Rozay Edition

More Drake, Beauty and the Beast Enchants the Charts, A Spirited Release from Depeche Mode, Climate Change Fuels Pitbull, Russ Takes Control, A Spoon-ful of Hot Thoughts

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran remains #1 for the 5th week in a row (he’s been at either #1 or #2 since 1/12)

Bruno Mars holds on to #2 for the 5th week in a row

The Weeknd moves up to #3

Future comes in at #4…and watchoutnow, the Nobody Safe Tour pops off May 4th at the FedEx Forum in Memphis

With More Life smashing streaming records that Ed Sheeran recently set, Drake moves #13-5 and will rise further next week

Rick Ross’s superstar-feature-packed Rather You Than Me brings him back to the Top 100 with a strong #7 re-entry

+22 to #14 are Zayn & Taylor Swift behind a resurging I Don’t Wanna Live Forever

Emerging Artist chart graduate Kodak Black enters the Top 20 at #18

Beauty and the Beast is an absolute beast at the box office and the soundtrack sends Beauty and the Beast (2017) – Original Motion Picture Cast up #58-36

Machine Gun Kelly’s latest collab with a powerful pop force gives him Big Mover status, +31 to #43

Charlotte, North Carolina’s Elevation Worship released There Is a Cloud on Friday and come in at #50

Zedd & Alessia Cara are this week’s top Big Mover, going from #91 to #53

Depeche Mode shows that well into their 4th decade they still have…Spirit…their 14th album release gives them the #54 spot this week; huge North American dates kick off in SLC on 8/23

Flip it: Climate Change fuels Pitbull’s global warming #64 re-entry this week, and talk about globalization, this dude will be playing all over the world this year, including dates with Enrique Iglesias and a residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas this summer

Auli’i Cravalho move #88-71

Last week Russ became the 6th Emerging Artists chart graduate this year with his #89 Debut and this week he makes a nice +15 rise to #74

Former Emerging Artist A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie doesn’t stay away from the Top 100 for long, re-entering at #78

K-Pop group GOT7 re-enters the chart at #96 with the release of the Flight Log: Arrival EP, their first appearance since October

At #96 are Austin’s indie rock masters Spoon, who dropped their 9th album, Hot Thoughts, and return to the Top 100 for the first time since August, 2014 when They Want My Soul came out

Ultimate 100 Songs

Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You holds #1 for a fifth week

Bruno Mars That’s What I Like takes week four at #2

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This moves #5-3

Body Like a Back Road from Sam Hunt is back up to #4 while remaining at #1 Ultimate Country Songs for a 7th consecutive week

Zayn & Taylor Swift I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker) resurges #11-5 on massive radio airplay

The Weeknd’s 2nd collab with the most famous French androids around, I Feel It Coming (ft. Daft Punk) blasts into the Top 10 #20-7

After flirting with the Top 10 in February, Say You Won’t Let Go from James Arthur finally breaks in with an impressive #23-10 jump

Zedd & Alessia Cara Stay goes #36-19

In Case You Didn’t Know from Brett Young makes a nice #56-40 climb while going up a spot to #3 on Ultimate Country Songs

#1 Emerging Artist Luke CombsHurricane is +14 to #53 while cracking the Top 5 on Ultimate Country Songs

You’re Welcome, Duane Johnson’s big tune from Moana, is +22 to #54

Lorde’s Liability moves to #56 after Debuting at #83 last week

Machine Gun Kelly stays on target as At My Best (ft. Hailee Steinfeld) makes a #58 Debut, joining #32 Bad Things (ft. Camila Cabello)

Linkin Park Heavy featuring Emerging Artists chart graduate Kiiara (our June 2016 Emerging Artist of the Month) goes #77-62

The new one from Frank Ocean, Chanel, Debuts #86

Rick Ross Trap Trap Trap (ft. Young Thug & Wale) Debuts #93

G-Eazy & Kehlani Fate of the Furious cut, Good Life, e-brake slides in for a #97 Debut

Emerging Artists

Notable performers at last week’s South by Southwest appearing on this week’s chart were: Rag’N’Bone Man (#2), Rob $tone (#4), Maggie Rogers (#5), Starley (#6), Madeintyo (#11), Nebu Kiniza (#14), Bishop Briggs (#15), San Holo (#19), Hippo Campus (#20), Missio (#25), R.LUM.R (#28), THEY. (#32), Ralo (#33), Mondo Cozmo (#39)

Luke Combs and Rag’N’Bone Man retain #1 & #2, respectively, this week and are both closing in on Ultimate 100 Songs so we’ll watch for them to be our next graduates if their trajectory continues in the next 1-3 weeks

March Emerging Artist of the Month Maggie Rogers was one of the most-talked about acts at SxSw last week; she heads into the Top 5

Country singer and songwriter Michael Tyler released his debut album, 317, on Friday 3/17 (no accident) and is +7 to #18 (if he had been +3 to #17 it would have been amazing)

Moving #36-24, GoldLink is gearing up: he has announced the At What Cost album release for this Friday (3/24) while trickling out new tracks and has Coachella and cool dates with Little Dragon on the horizon


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Ultimate Roundup: SxSw 2nd Half Update

Wait. What? Where are we? Ah…the office. OK, yeah we’re back home in the office…

Before we go any further, if you missed our SxSw Mid-Week Update on Thursday, covering our first three days in Austin, CHECK IT OUT HERE.

OK, you’re back? Good…let’s move on.

Thursday = It’s a Marathon, Folks

This is the point where your training comes to bear. If you don’t have your game tight you’re going to suffer from a lack of efficiency, missing bands, nursing sore feet, fighting off the sniffles, etc. But we here at BigChampagne are professionals and were ready to keep scouting this incredible scene.

The weather was warming up, making the cool vibes of the Music is Universal showcase at legendary Antone’s just perfection. Tei Shi classed us up with her beautiful vocals, it was like soul AC. Next we were privileged to enjoy March Emerging Artist of the MonthMaggie RogersOn + OffDog Years, and, of course, Alaska sounded terrific live! Maggie makes our charts go pitter-patter.

In the evening it was all about the Polyvinyl Records showcase at Cheer Up Charlie’s, where the parachute awning and rock wall backdrop were awesome. Jay Som gave us proper Alternative Rock vibes and Louisville duders White Reaper just straight up brought it. Good stuff.

One of our favorite acts from SxSw 2016 was PWR BTTM and it was soooooo cool to see how far they’ve come since then! It is hard to describe the beautiful blur of energy that they are up on stage; definitely do yourself a solid and catch them live when you get the chance.

We couldn’t refuse a second time around with Beach Slang, who had already rocked us on Wednesday night. They were incredible once again, leaving us with big, fuzzy guitars vibrating our hearts as we caught a ride back to our beds.

Friday = St. Paddy’s Day, SxSw Style

There were definitely green-colored festivities abound, but we were just all about the acts…so much to see and hear.

The day kicked off with quickly-rising Swedish singer Skott, who’s lovely, flowing energy instantly cooled us off from the heat of the Texas afternoon. Almost concurrently, Montréalaise chanteuse Charlotte Cardin drew us in hook, line, and sinker with her deeply soulful songs of love and heartbreak. A super-cool rendition of Post Malone’s Go Flex was the cherry on top.

Now we were On the Run South Down Red River (feature film coming 2018) to complete our International Daytime Triple-Threat (patent pending) by catching  20-year-old Norwegian, Sigrid. Nothing was going to stop us. Nothing. Except…a, excuse us, a DAMN fine cup of coffee and pie from Twin Peaks‘ Double R Diner. Back on track and properly caffeinated and sugared we caught the Don’t Kill My Vibe singer’s set and were flying high on positive pop energy, pondering where she keeps that VOICE!

In peak form at this point, but definitely feeling the heat, we decided to grab a grounded, soothing break with Hamilton Leithauser, who put on a terrific set at Antone’s, before regrouping.

Evening was upon us and we were laser-focused on one mission: Mastodon‘s first live performance in 6 months. J.A. and #MondayNightStephen linked up, we hustled, and were rewarded with a great set from Seattle’s Chastity Belt, and of course you know we weren’t mad at a third helping of some Beach Slang! Then the  wildlings from Atlanta bludgeoned the boiling crowd with some favs as well as new cuts like Andromeda from the Emperor of Sand album.

All we had to do next was cross the street and go from seeing an Atlanta band to one from Athens, GA, how appropriate! We got to catch the end of a set from Mothers last year and were happy to get them in this year at Barracuda Backyard before another mega-tight set from Minus the Bear.

Saturday = Still Standing

The final full day of SxSw is not for the faint of heart, many have departed or are heading to the airport at this point. We get it, they have things to do and what not…just kidding. We don’t get it at all! Look at all the amazing live music left to be had!

The weather was beautiful. A perfect day for some South by San Jose action right down the street from our house on South Congress. Deep, groovy vibes from Austin funk distributors Khruangbin were just what the doctor ordered to combat the sunscreen-evaporating rays. DAMN they were they cool!

Next on the bill was the ever-fabulous PWR BTTM, who put it all down for their last set of the week. We were 1000% on board. Everyone in attendance was. Cherry Glazerr provided a perfect follow…we laughed, we cried, we banged our heads…and we might have been a tiny bit scurred by Sasami Ashworth’s dolls and Clementine Creevy’s roaring intro. So good.

Sustenance was needed so we took advantage of the very unique setup to enjoy sushi across the street while still soaking in the sounds of Merchandise and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.

We book-ended the festival by heading back to Latitude 30, the British Music Embassy, to close things out. The energy was so high that the power reset! No joke. That didn’t stop Aquilo from taking us soaring into some beautiful songwriting with their heartfelt performance.

SuperGlu gave it their pop-punk all for their final performance of the week and the crowd was with them. Sundara Karma helped remind us all that the world is ours with a terrific set. And finally, in an unexpectedly apropos finale, Hull, England punx LIFE TORE IT DOWN!!!

Snacking on slices of ‘za as we walked back across the Colorado River, it was hard to imagine that we had just seen THIRTY-NINE sets in 5.5 days. Ingesting slices of ‘za for breakfast before heading to the airport we were a bit melancholy to leave it all behind, but content with another year of AMAZING LIVE MUSIC! This is why we dig through the data!


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Ultimate Roundup: SxSw Mid-Week Update

3 days have flown by and we have been knee-deep in AMAZING live music…here’s a quick update from the trenches…

Monday = Hit the Ground Running

After getting the house ready and stuffing tacos into our faces (obvi) we started things off with a quick set from Brooklyn indie quartet Big Thief. We then linked up with our besties from Ticketweb UK for their showcase on night one of the British Music Embassy at Latitude 30. New Jersey’s Forth Wanderers got things going and then we were honored to catch UK pop-punk  group SuperGlu‘s U.S. debut, which flowed perfectly into an indie/punk set from London’s Doe.

Tuesday = Steady as She Goes

While the charts were simmering we took a lunch break over at the Historic Scoot Inn where Austin Bug Out Day One served up North Carolinians Rainbow Kitten Surprise…imagine that Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse had a jam band-ish baby…great stuff.

Of course we had BBQ for dinner (Laaaaaaaaaambeeeeeeeeert’s) before splitting into two squads to do what needed to be done. Emerging Artists graduate (and November 2016 Emerging Artist of the MonthBishop Briggs brought the mood and big pipes to AMV Fest and Scratch House hosted Nashville alt/prog rock band Future Thieves who were followed by a pretty intense performance from British hardcore/industrial outfit This Be the Verse. Before catching another super-fun set from SuperGlu we snuck out to the patio to see what is probably the only sitar at SxSw this year, with Cincinnati, Ohio duo Dawg Yawp.

The momentum was terrific at this point and it was definitely time for some good ‘ol country 2-step so the team moved things to the Gibson Room at Maggie Mae’s and got honky tonkin’ to Whitney Rose, who also displayed her huge voice in a deceivingly tiny package with her take on the Leslie Gore classic, You Don’t Own Me.

The night was perfectly capped with another U.S. debut: UK punk duo Slaves brought much attitude and rowdy energy…their banter was just as entertaining as their high-octane, face-peeling jams. Cheer Up London and Cease Fire nearly brought the ceiling down.

Wednesday = OK, Things Are Getting Serious Here

Because we are data geeks after all, we took some time to adult at two very informative panels. Just before lunch we learned what industry leaders are doing to combat scalping and the forces behind “the bots” at Slaying Scalpers for the Beyhive & Beyond. After lunch we barely made it in to the 100% packed session on Using Data to Discover the Next Big Thing.

Then. It. Was. On. Feed the Beat had an impeccable lineup at Lustre Pearl where Philly’s Beach Slang brought HUGE guitars, BIG fuzz, and GLOWING positive energy. Next up was classic LA rock attitude a la The Runaways from Bleached and a euphoric boost of clean, precise, and emotional alternative rock from veterans Minus the Bear.

Serendipity was surely on display when we walked out of Lustre Pearl, took about 14 steps, and walked right into the Dine Alone showcase at Bungalow in time to bob our heads to Weaves, pogo along with Tokyo Police Club, and then hit the pit for legendary Austin band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Conrad Keely turned up to ELEVEN, moshing, Jason Reece writhing on the floor of the pit with mike cord wrapped around himself and about 5 fans, and a fake-fur-coat-wearing-crowd-surfing-while-shredding-the-bass Autry Fulbright II. Hallelujah!

Now we are going to gather our supplies and head back across the river to see what night #4 brings! We’ll do a formal wrap-up on Monday after we start to recover…but if you don’t hear from us send out a search party…we might be comatose in an Airstream caked in BBQ sauce and soaked in Lone Star dreaming of why we LOVE LIVE MUSIC!!!


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Ultimate Roundup: Lorde = Green Light, Go!

Ed Sheeran’s Long Division, Justin Timberlake Really Can’t Stop the Feeling, Khalid Graduates, Auli’i Cravalho Surges on Small Screens, Clean Bandit Soothes Top 10 Songs, Big Little River for Leon Bridges

Ultimate 100 Artists

Ed Sheeran remains #1 and is likely to stay atop the perch for a while at the rate he is going now that ÷ is out

Bruno Mars remains strong at #2

Future’s 2-album blitz keeps him right behind Bruno Mars at #3

The Weeknd holds #4

Migos are #5 for the fourth week in a row

Justin Timberlake’s Oscars opener pays dividends as the following week’s activity makes him the top Big Mover, #54-14

Aaron Watson’s Vaquero is really doing well and he moves up #53-17 after Debuting last week; a few very cool chances to catch him live in the next few weeks

The much-anticipated return of Lorde is upon us, she re-enters at #27

The collab between Zedd & Alessia Cara brings them in for a #38 Debut

Coldplay knows how to make a big blitz yet again: the Chainsmokers collab is quickly followed by the new single, Hypnotised, and they move #64-43

Khalid becomes our 5th Emerging Artist chart graduate of the year with the release of his Debut album, American Teen, boosting him to a sturdy #51 Debut here on the main chart

Julia Michaels was our 4th Emerging Artist chart graduate of the year with her #70 Debut last week and she makes a nice jump to #55 this week; a new video should further bolster her on the 3/16 chart

Now that Moana is making its way into homes, social growth and steady streaming boost Auli’i Cravalho for a #62 re-entry

Blake Shelton is +20 to #63 as the Doing It to Country Songs Tour is underway

Placement is everything: #79 re-entry Leon BridgesRiver was featured in the new HBO dark comedy-drama, Big Little Lies, driving a surge in sales of the single and his Grammy-nominated 2015 debut album, Coming Home

Ayo & Teo’s Rolex has been doing well on Ultimate 100 Songs, now the duo makes their Debut at #88 on the Artists side

Ultimate 100 Songs

Guess what? Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You is #1 again this week and he adds two more with Debuts for Perfect (#46) and Dive (#79) for a total of 5 in the Top 100 (Castle on the Hill is #50 and Thinking Out Loud is #71)

Bruno Mars That’s What I Like likes holding on to #2

The Chainsmokers & Coldplay Something Just Like This holds on tight to #3

Body Like a Back Road from Sam Hunt stays at #4 while again remaining at #1 Ultimate Country Songs since Debuting in that spot 5 weeks ago

The aforementioned Oscars opening performance of the Best Original Song-nominated Can’t Stop the Feeling! from Justin Timberlake boosts the cut #37-5 on this week’s chart

Clean Bandit’s Rockabye (ft. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie) enters the Top 10 after a #15-8 move as they do the rounds, including a Today Show performance, which should help keep activity up

Lorde’s big, pop, club-worthy, Jack Antonoff-produced cut, Green Light, is the week’s top Debut at #9

Stay from Zedd & Alessia Cara follows last week’s #39 Debut with a +26 climb to #13 here while going Top 5 at #3 on Ultimate EDM Songs

Issues from Emerging Artist chart graduate Julia Michaels enters the Top 20 at #18 and the new video should help it gain further next week

Moana hits small people’s small screens, How Far I’ll Go performed by Auli’i Cravalho surges #75-29, this week’s top Big Mover

Here’s the beef: Remy Ma’s Nicki Minaj diss track, Shelter, streams its way to a #45 Debut

The well-timed fourth single from Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman LP, Everyday (ft. Future), Debuts #48

…speaking of which, Future’s Mask Off is +38 to #55 while Comin Out Strong (ft. The Weeknd) Debuts #59, giving him 4 in the Top 100 with Selfish (ft. Rihanna) at #34 and Draco at #78

Airplay and streaming drive Emerging Artist chart graduate Khalid’s debut single, Location, #90-68 around the release of his debut album, American Teen

Gucci Mane Make Love (ft. Nicki Minaj) Debuts #69

Losin Control from #1 Emerging Artist Russ Debuts #90

Jason Aldean’s Any Ol’ Barstool Debuts #99

Emerging Artists

We are on a roll now! After hitting our radar as an independent artist last year and entering Emerging Artists as things look off, Khalid has now graduated the chart with the release of his debut album, American Teen, pushing him up for a strong #51 Ultimate 100 Artists debut. Location is up 22 to #68 on Ultimate 100 Songs

Russ takes over the #1 spot as Losin Control Debuts #90 on Ultimate 100 Songs; he currently sits at #116 on Ultimate 100 Artists so he could very easily be our next graduate

March Emerging Artist of the Month, Maggie Rogers, holds steady at #9

LANco moves #15-10 for their first Top 10 appearance, powered by Greatest Love Story which Debuts #39 on Ultimate Country Songs

Austin, Texas-based alternative/electronic duo Missio Debuts #28; clearly, you can catch them at SxSw next week or on the SiriusXM Alt Nation Advanced Placement Tour with 888 and Coast Modern which kicks off next month

Michael Tyler Debuts #31; he co-wrote the Dierks Bentley hit, Somewhere On a Beach, and is making a break for it with They Can’t See and his upcoming debut LP, 317, that non-coincidentally drops on 3/17

We have had our eye on R.LUM.R for a while and are excited to see this soulful singer Debut here at #40 (fun fact: his stage name is a meaningful and rather complex amalgamation of his first and middle names as he describes in this early interview with The Music Ninja)


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