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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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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Ultimate Roundup: Top Latin 2016

We’ve determined the Top 20 Artists, Top 20 Songs, and even the Top Emerging Artists of 2016. Now lets take a look at the top Latin artists and songs for the year!

Top Latin Artists for 2016

  1. Banda MS
  2. Shakira
  3. Romeo Santos
  4. Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho
  5. J Balvin
  6. Nicky Jam
  7. Gerardo Ortiz
  8. Enrique Iglesias
  9. Prince Royce
  10. Julión Álvarez

Top Latin Songs for 2016

  1. Nicky Jam – Hasta El Amancer
  2. Nicky Jam – El Perdón (ft. Enrique Iglesias)
  3. Banda MS – Solo Con Verte
  4. J Balvin – Ginza
  5. Enrique Iglesias – Duele el Corazón (ft. Wisin)
  6. Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho – DEL Negociante
  7. Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho – Te Metiste
  8. Daddy Yankee – Shaky Shaky
  9. Maluma – Borro Cassette
  10. Ariel Camacho y Los Plebes Del Rancho – No Lo Hice Bien

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Ultimate Roundup: Top EDM 2016

We’ve determined the Top 20 Artists, Top 20 Songs, and even the Top Emerging Artists of 2016. Now lets take a look at the top EDM artists and songs for the year!

Top EDM Artists for 2016

  1. The Chainsmokers
  2. Calvin Harris
  3. Major Lazer
  4. DJ Snake
  5. Flume
  6. David Guetta
  7. Avicii
  8. Zedd
  9. Jack Ü
  10. Alan Walker

Top EDM Songs of 2016

  1. The Chainsmokers – Closer (ft. Halsey)
  2. The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (ft. Daya)
  3. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (ft. Rihanna)
  4. Major Lazer – Cold Water (ft. Justin Bieber & MØ)
  5. Mike Posner – I Took a Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix)
  6. The Chainsmokers – Roses (ft. ROZES)
  7. DJ Snake – Let Me Love You (ft. Justin Bieber)
  8. Flume – Never Be Like You (ft. Kai)
  9. DJ Snake – Middle (ft. Bipolar Sunshine)
  10. Major Lazer – Lean On (ft. MØ & DJ Snake)

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Ultimate Roundup: Top Country 2016

We’ve determined the Top 20 Artists, Top 20 Songs, and even the Top Emerging Artists of 2016. Now lets take a look at the top Country artists and songs for the year!

Top 10 Country Artists for 2016

  1. Florida Georgia Line
  2. Chris Stapleton
  3. Luke Bryan
  4. Blake Shelton
  5. Thomas Rhett
  6. Sam Hunt
  7. Carrie Underwood
  8. Kenny Chesney
  9. Eric Church
  10. Jason Aldean

Top 10 Country Songs for 2016

  1. Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y.
  2. Thomas Rhett – Die a Happy Man
  3. Tim McGrawHumble and Kind
  4. Kenny Chesney – Setting the World on Fire (ft. P!NK)
  5. Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
  6. Sam Hunt – Breakup in a Small Town
  7. Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here
  8. Chris Stapleton – Tennessee Whiskey
  9. Maren Morris – My Church
  10. Dierks Bentley – Somewhere on a Beach

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Ultimate Roundup: Top Emerging Artists of 2016

Top 20 Songs of 2016. Check. Top 20 Artists of 2016. Check. That means it is now our favorite time of year, when we gather ’round the data and give thanks for all the amazing new acts we’ve had on the Emerging Artists Ultimate Chart this year. We like this Top 20 thing, it’s concise, but as we easily tore through these results we just couldn’t stop there so you get 25% MORE for FREE! That’s right, the same chart you love, even bigger and better. Who doesn’t want more new music to check out, right?

  1. Desiigner
  2. Daya
  3. Kiiara
  4. D.R.A.M.
  5. Kelsea Ballerini
  6. Kent Jones
  7. Grace
  8. Kaleo
  9. Dreezy
  10. Kodak Black
  11. Madeintyo
  12. Brothers Osborne
  13. BØRNS
  14. Rob $tone
  15. A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  16. The Strumbellas
  17. Chris Lane
  18. William Michael Morgan
  19. Tucker Beathard
  20. Dae Dae
  21. Ro James
  22. Highly Suspect
  23. Bishop Briggs
  24. The Struts
  25. Chase Bryant

Now THAT is a list, friends! Once again we see all kinds of genres represented with pop, hip-hop, Country, alternative, R&B, and good old rock & roll. This year’s group is pretty American-heavy but we do have Iceland (Kaleo), Canada (The Strumbellas), and England (The Struts) represented. We also have two artists who have roots across the pond in Ro James (born in Germany) and Bishop Briggs (born in Scotland, raised in Tokyo and Hong Kong).

Eight of these entries have been featured as our Emerging Artist of the Month, click on their names in the list above to learn more!

Desiigner is the clear #1 this year. He is the only artist on the list to finish in the overall Top 100 for the year, at #37. His breakout smash hit, Panda, finished the year as the #11 song overall. He broke onto the scene in December 2015, quickly linked up with Mr. Kanye West himself, and by March 31st he graduated the Emerging Artists chart by debuting on Ultimate 100 Artists. Think about this: on January 14th Desiigner ranked #12,910 and on April 21st he was #10. Now that’s a meteoric rise if we’ve ever seen one. His 2nd big track, Timmy Turner, has kept up good activity and he’s racked up nearly 2 million Total Fans. This guy is just getting started.

Pop singer Daya (#2) found success first behind her song, Hide Away. Next she was the featured artist on the #13 song of the year, The Chainsmokers‘ Don’t Let Me Down. Currently Sit Still, Look Pretty holds #60 on Ultimate 100 Songs. Daya graduated the Emerging Artists chart on January 14th and peaked at #33 on Ultimate 100 Artists on August 25th. This singer is closing out the year with a string of huge radio station holiday concerts and kicks 2017 off with her own headlining tour beginning in February.

Kiiara (#3) first hit our early warning systems in 2015 after her Felix Snow-produced single, Gold, was released and got its start overseas, including hitting #5 and achieving Platinum certification in Australia. It was then featured in an Apple Watch commercial which helped build momentum towards the release of her low kii savage EP in March. Gold went on to be a hit, peaking at #4 on Ultimate 100 Songs in September. Kiiara debuted on Emerging Artists on April 21st, was our June Emerging Artist of the Month, and graduated to Ultimate 100 Artists on July 21st where she has risen as high as #14.

A balanced diet is a key pillar to good health, and that means eating your vegetables. With this in mind it is great to see our #4 artist promote the concept. D.R.A.M.‘s Broccoli (ft. Lil Yachty) proved to be the breakout tipping point for the Virginia rapper. It is even nominated for a Best Rap/Sung Performance Grammy! The song has been a fixture in Ultimate 100 Songs since June, peaked at #5, and currently sits at #14. The rapper himself debuted on the Emerging Artists chart on June 2nd, had a 4-week run at #1, and graduated when he Debuted on Ultimate 100 Artists on August 18th.

Rounding out this year’s Top 5 is Country singer Kelsea Ballerini at #5. She debuted on the Emerging Artists chart on May 7th, 2015 and in just her third week on the chart she entered the Top 5 and resided there for the majority of the time until she graduated on April 14th, 2016 after winning the ACM New Female Vocalist of the Year award. Kelsea has seen success with her singles Love Me Like You Mean ItDibs, and Peter Pan. She toured with Billy Currnington and then Rascal Flatts on their Rhythm & Roots Tour, and is now out on her The First Time headline tour. Her charismatic personality landed her a gig hosting ABC’s Greatest Hits with Arsenio hall this summer, and to put a huge stamp on her big year, Kelsea has been nominated for a Best New Artist Grammy award!

We mentioned D.R.A.M. and Kelsea Ballerini’s Grammy nods, which are actually two of five artists on this list being honored this year along with a couple of others that have appeared this cycle. Click here to get the details!

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Ultimate Roundup: Top 20 Artists of 2016

We’ve covered the Top 20 Songs of 2016, now it is time to see which artists ruled the roost this year. One can have the smash hit of the year but to be the top artist requires impressive levels of activity across the broad spectrum of radio airplay, streaming, social, and sales. Last year T-Swift took top honors, The Weeknd broke out, Mark Ronson actually did go big off of just one song, and Luke Bryan was the Country representative. Let’s see what this year looks like…

  1. Drake
  2. Adele
  3. twenty one pilots
  4. Justin Bieber
  5. Rihanna
  6. The Chainsmokers
  7. Beyoncé
  8. The Weeknd
  9. Future
  10. Kevin Gates
  11. Ariana Grande
  12. Meghan Trainor
  13. Justin Timberlake
  14. Taylor Swift
  15. Eminem
  16. Sia
  17. Florida Georgia Line
  18. Kanye West
  19. Fetty Wap
  20. Flo Rida

Yeah boy, we can dig that. We’ve got pop, hip-hop, EDM, alternative/rock, and Country all representing.

Drake. This is pretty simple. The dude leads the pack in sales and streaming, is #2 in airplay, and #10 in social. He has held the #1 Ultimate 100 Artists spot for 15 weeks, including a 13-week in a row run from May to August, and he’s hasn’t left the Top 10 once all year. That’ll do it. The now 30-year-old Torontonian rapper dropped tracks non-stop around Aprils Views album release and is closing the year out strong with more new material around More Life. Making good music is always priority number one, but in this day and age being prolific, pacing releases, and utilizing all of the various outlets available are clearly key to top-line success.

Adele ended 2015 in a massive way with the release of her 3rd album, 25, in November. The incredible sales numbers allowed her to make last year’s Top 20 at #19 with only a few weeks of activity and set her up to begin 2016 from a strong position. She started the year at #1, has mostly lived in the Top 20 with consistency, and has never dropped below #30. This easily earns her the #2 slot this year.

We saw twenty one pilots get 2 entries in the Top 20 Songs of 2016Stressed Out came in at #8 and right next to it is Heathens at #9. As of this week’s charts they still have 3 of the Ultimate 100 Songs when you throw Ride in there. It is quite impressive for an alternative/rock act to have this kind of mainstream success these days. The duo from Columbus, Ohio connects big-time with fans through their unique tunes and engaging live performances. Blurryface was a big step in their evolution as songwriters and musicians, and having such a cool track on the very successful Suicide Squad soundtrack kept the momentum up in a big way. Here we have another act that hasn’t left the Top 20 all year and has lived in the Top 5 for many weeks, including taking #1 for 2 weeks in August.

Pop/EDM duo The Chainsmokers had been developing for a couple of years, and their breakout cut, #Selfie, really put them on the map in 2014. They could have gone the one-hit-wonder route but no way…they surged higher and higher as they released successful track after successful track. Roses (ft. ROZES) led the way, Closer (ft. Halsey) is a smash and our #1 song of 2016Don’t Let Me Down (ft. Daya) was big-time, and they are closing out the year well with All We Know (ft. Phoebe Ryan) and Setting Fires (ft. XYLØ). Quickly climbing into the Top 50, the guys held #1 for 10 weeks between August and October. All the while their Total Fans just about quadrupled to nearly 10 million.

Beyoncé has been a major story ever since the groundbreaking and unorthodox release of Lemonade. Her Superbowl 50 performance was superstar-level, her Formation World Tour is one for the history books, and her sales and streaming numbers are impressive. Bey jumped from #32-13 after that Superbowl gig, pinged #1 on May 5th, and was a Top 10 fixture from spring into fall.

The Weeknd has truly brought a new sound and attitude to mainstream soul and pop music. In 2015 he smashed into the big leagues with Beauty Behind the Madness and finished the year at #2. Just about a year later he dropped Starboy (ft. Daft Punk), which with just over 2 months of activity  made #15 on Top 20 Songs of 2016, and is currently #1 on the 12/8 Ultimate 100 Songs chart. The recent release of the Starboy album threw him right back to the top of the heap: he started the year in the Top 5, is currently #1 on Ultimate 100 Artists, and will likely finish the year in the Top 5. Bam.

As with Top 20 Songs of 2016 we have to give a hearty handshake to the boys of Florida Georgia Line for being the sole Country representatives here, at #17. Last yearLuke Bryan took this honor, which proves that this young duo is the real thing and a force to be reckoned with for the foreseeable future. Dig Your Roots dropped and shot this act into the Top 5 after a summer of Top 10 and Top 20 activity behind the single, H.O.L.Y., and their massive tour. May We All (ft. Tim McGraw) is doing well right now and will lead them into 2017 with some gas.

Next up we’ll sift through the data and let you know the Top Emerging Artists of 2016…one of our favorite areas to explore!

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