Finish Ticket and Justin Bieber enter the top ten, pushing out Andrew Ripp and Lianne La Havas. Not far below, Ellie Goulding scores her second big debut of the year with Delirium track “Something In The Way You Move,” which enters at #13. Tinashé and Dagny make big moves and approach the top twenty. Additional debuts include Kenzie Nimmo, Olly Murs, and Carrie Underwood.
Walk The Moon scores a ninth week at #1 with the top ten mostly unchanged, save a move into the top five by Nate Ruess and a #10 entry for Morgan Page and Lissie. Rachel Platten makes another big jump, up 27 to #13 in her third week on with “Fight Song.” Once again, Sam Hunt, Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato, and The Veronicas make double-digit jumps, as do Martin Luke Brown’s “Take Out Of Me” and Greg Holden’s “Hold On Tight.” The biggest chart entry this week is a re-entry, as CAFUNÉ’s debut single “Letting Go” returns at #83 after last charting at #99 at the beginning of February. Florence + The Machine lands another debut from upcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, but the rest of the debuts are all from artists appearing for the first time: Years & Years, Handsome Ghost, Brandon Flowers, The Bros. Landreth, and Cheerleader.
The top ten is stagnant save its bottom spot, which is newly occupied by Carly Rae Jepsen’s “I Really Like You.” For the second week in a row, Christine and the Queens have the highest debut: this time, “Saint Claude” enters at #34. The Chainsmokers and Great Good Fine OK have the biggest mover with “Let You Go,” up 38 spots to #42, followed by CAFUNÉ’s “Instant Crush” (up 23 to #75) and Kelly Clarkson’s “Someone” (up 20 to #38). In the bottom quadrant of the chart, eight more debuts are led by Rachel Platten, Sam Hunt, and Olly Murs featuring Demi Lovato.
As the music industry wakes up from its holiday slumber and begins the new year, attention shifts to developing new artists whose careers are beginning to build. Below are forty hand-picked artists of varying genres and current levels of success. Some are completely independent, while others have already topped charts. Regardless, all of them show potential to be even bigger names, particularly in America, in the coming year. Listen to the artists through this SoundCloud playlist, and check back later in the year to see how these predictions turned out. Continue reading “Class Of 2015: 40 promising artists to watch this year”
With another week of the top ten resting fairly stagnant, the week’s big movers are from newcomers charging toward the chart’s upper reaches. I Know Leopard makes a big jump from #87 to #21 in their second week on the chart with “Perfect Picture,” while Sinclair, One Direction, and Tor Miller all make double-digit jumps in the top fifty. The week’s new entries include a new track from Montaigne, whose first hit “I’m A Fantastic Wreck” also returns after peaking at #12 in July; a re-recorded version of Paramore’s self-titled album track “Hate To See Your Heart Break” featuring Joy Williams (formerly of The Civil Wars) also enters at #70. In addition, the chart gains new singles from Labrinth, The Neighbourhood featuring French Montana, and Olly Murs featuring Travie McCoy, along with newcomers Brayton Bowman and The Avener.