While the top ten holds steady, the bottom of the chart sees more activity, typical for the fourth quarter of the year. Ellie Goulding blasts in at #23 with the highest debut for Delirium album track “Codes,” beating out strong entries for Justin Bieber featuring Halsey and Alessia Cara featuring Sebastian Kole. Goulding and Cara each notch a second new entry, for “Around U” and “Overdose” respectively; A Great Big World and One Direction also add a pair of charting songs, while Meghan Trainor and Grizfolk add one apiece. Sara Bareilles and Jason Mraz have the biggest-moving song with “You Matter To Me,” up forty to #59, followed by big movers for Coldplay and Goulding. There’s a lot of movement just below the top 100 that could see entry next week…if it weren’t for chart-topper Adele’s 25 slated for release on Friday, which is likely to take over several slots on the next chart.
Carly Rae Jepsen makes a big jump from #14 to #2 with “Run Away With Me,” leaving her with three tracks in the top five. Leon Bridges and R5 make double-digit jumps again, as do two Kacey Musgraves album cuts. Debuts are led by the new single from A Great Big World, “Hold Each Other” featuring Futuristic. CAFUNÉ, R5, CHVRCHES, Lianne La Havas, Rob Thomas, (formerly Dale Earnhardt) JR JR, and Francesco Yates (with Robin Schulz) all return to the chart with new songs, and pop singer-songwriter Clairity scores her first entry with “DNA” at #98.
As “Shut Up And Dance” moves up to a new peak of #2 after five weeks of waiting at #3, Walk The Moon also achieves another top-twenty hit as Talking Is Hard album track “Work This Body” vaults from #64 to #11. Carrie Underwood scores the highest of only seven debuts this week, with “Little Toy Guns” coming in at #57. Purity Ring debuts at #66 with “push pull,” the lead track from their upcoming album, while Tourist makes his second chart entry ahead of his upcoming debut album as “Illuminate,” featuring Years & Years, makes it into the chart at #95 after several weeks in waiting below the top 100. Two covers also make debuts: Nikki Yanofsky’s SoundCloud-exclusive cover of Raury’s “Cigarette Song” debuts at #78, while A Great Big World marks the year’s third holiday entry with their cover of Gayla Peevey’s “I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas,” part of Epic Records’s holiday compilation EP I’ll Be Home For Christmas.
The chart returns from hiatus with Sia’s “Chandelier” in the top spot and Mary Lambert and Maddie & Tae also being introduced within the top five. Holdovers from the last chart in February include A Great Big World’s “Already Home,” Sam Smith’s acoustic recording of “Latch,” and “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit featuring Jess Glynne.